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After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.


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Estonian Defense Forces (Eesti Kaitsevagi): Land Force (Maavagi), Navy (Merevagi), Air Force (Ohuvagi), Defense League (Kaitseliit) (2012)

Military service age and obligation
Obligation for compulsory service ages 16-60, with conscription "likely" ages 18-27; service requirement 8-11 months (2009)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 291,801
Females age 16-49 302,696 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 210,854
Females age 16-49 251,185 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 6,668
Female 6,309 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 70
2% of GDP (2005 est.)


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