Tallinn is growing, in territory above all

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“The initial town surrounded by the wall and towers looks like an islet in the sea. The population has grown ninefold since the 1880s, when it was about 50,000. In 1984 it is 479,000. Tallinn is a multinational city: Estonians, Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Finns, Latvians and Poles live here. The average family consists of 3.1 members. In 1970 Tallinn was awarded the Order of Lenin, in 1984 the Order of Patriotic War, first class.”

– J. Aare, Tallinn. Таллин, Eesti Raamat, Sweden, 1985