General information

Time zone
Estonia is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET): GMT +2 hours.

Climate
First half of September can be warm. The average is about 12°C and daily highs reaching sometimes 19°C, at night, the temperature falls to an average low of 7°C. However, weather can be windy and changeable with possible rainfall. Therefore, we encourage the participants to check the latest weather forecast, dress appropriately and take some warmer clothes with you. For the Field Trip to Enefit oil shale facilities, we advise to dress comfortably and casually.
Please see the latest weather forecast at http://www.weather.ee

Currency
The local currency since 2011 is EURO. Foreign currencies can be easily exchanged in banks and exchange offices. Most banks are open from 9.00 – 18.00 on weekdays, and some offices are also open on Saturday mornings. There are exchange offices in several hotels, in the port of Tallinn, at the airport, the railway station and many other locations.

Credit Cards
Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard/Eurocard, Diner’s Club and American Express etc. are accepted in most of the major hotels, restaurants and shops, but it would be wise to confirm this before ordering anything. Most banks will give cash advances on credit cards supported by a valid passport. Check with the credit card company for further details before travelling.

Phone calls
Calls to Estonia: the country code for Estonia is +372.
Dial +372, then the area code and the subscriber’s number.
Calls from Estonia: Dial 00 + the country code + area code + the subscriber’s number.

Wireless Internet
Public Wi-Fi access points have been set up all over Estonia. There is free Wi-Fi access in all selected hotels and the panel session venue.

Mobile Internet
All mobile operators offer mobile internet 3G networks all over Estonia. Mobile internet speeds and connection stability may vary outside of Tallinn. For information about roaming prices contact your own mobile operator.

Smoking
Smoking is forbidden by law in public transportation and in public buildings. Smoking is not permitted inside the Symposium building.

Taxi
Taxis are indicated by the word „TAKSO“ marked on the top. It is compulsory for them to use a taximeter that can also give a receipt. The Symposium organizers suggest using either yellow cabs (Tallink taxi) or white cabs (Tulika taxi).

Tipping
Tipping is optional, 10% is customary in taxis, restaurants and bars.

Electricity
The electricity supply in Estonia is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.

Metric System
Estonia uses the metric system of weights and measures. Temperatures are given in degrees Celsius; distances and speed limits are indicated in kilometers; dimensions in meters and centimeters; volume in liters and milliliters; weights in kilograms and grams.

Insurance
It is recommended that delegates arrange an appropriate travel and health insurance prior to travelling.