Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia with 100 000 inhabitants and more then 20 000 students. Tartu is often considered the intellectual and cultural centre of the Estonia, embodied in the leading research and training institution, the University of Tartu, and the strong concentration of students (more than 50% of the city’s population is under 30). Spearheading the country’s reputation in research and the provision of higher education, the University of Tartu (founded 1632) is ranked in the top 3% of the world’s universities. In addition to this, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research is situated in Tartu, as well as the University of Applied Sciences and other institutions. Tartu also has a strong cultural scene that encourages the traditions of theatre, folk music and craftsmanship, while at the same time the city hosts many IT companies and generates numerous start-up companies.

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Tartu museums: 1, 2