Cultural Relations

Estonian and Spanish cultural relations are strong and dynamic. Interest in Spanish language and culture is constantly growing in Estonia.

Since 1992, it has been possible to study Spanish language as an entire course of study at Tartu University, and in 2002 it became possible to study Spanish at Tallinn University. Spanish language instruction at both universities was made possible by extremely strong support from the Spanish Embassy. Tartu University has an agreement for exchange of instructors and students in higher courses with Granada University, and student exchange occurs with Oviedo University and Las Palmas University. Many Spanish language instructors have gained experiences in Spain thanks to grants given by Spain. Employees of various government offices have used this opportunity as well. Since 2003, it has been possible to take the DELE (Spanish as a foreign language) exam at Tallinn University. There is an active Spanish language and cultural center, Hispaania Maja (Spanish House), and MTÜ Centro Picasso in Tallinn.

After the opening of the Spanish Embassy in Tallinn (2004), numerous events introducing Spanish culture have taken place in Estonia. There have been multiple art exhibitions, Spanish films have been screened in different theatres, Spanish dance introduced through dance performances, and many different kinds of concerts held. Every spring the Spanish Embassy leads the organising of the Ibero-American Culture Festival “Iberofest” in Estonia.

On the other hand, various activities take place annually in Spain to introduce the culture of Estonia. Among those, concerts and movie screenings are the most prominent. More information can be found here.