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Published July 03, 1996 Updated July 16, 2024

Estonia's first period of independence lasted 22 years, beginning in 1918, and this period was one of great cultural advancement.

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Playing Cards in Estonia

Estonia's first period of independence lasted 22 years, beginning in 1918, and this period was one of great cultural advancement when some of the best playing card designs were produced. But then Estonia was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union in 1939-1940. During the war Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941, then reoccupied by the Soviet Union in 1944. Estonia regained independence in 1991 after the collapse of the USSR and joined the European Union in 2004.

See also:   Estonian Historic Playing Cards

Modern Estonian Souvenir Playing Cards

Above: Estonian Souvenir playing cards, c.2010.

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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Estonia's first period of independence lasted 22 years, beginning in 1918, and this period was one o...