Finnish Cash Helps A Baltic Tiger...And Buys Some Useful Lessons, Too

The Eesti Line ferry sets out of Helsinki harbor every day at 8:30 a.m. Its destination: the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three hours and 80 kilometers away. Finns and Estonians share the Lutheran religion and speak related languages. But during the five decades that Estonia was part of the Soviet Union, the short journey across the Baltic Sea became a bureaucratic nightmare, and almost everyone traveled in strictly controlled groups.

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