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(last updated: 01.11.2015)

The Republic of Korea recognised Estonia on 6 September 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 17 September 1991.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Estonia Dr. Chang Dong-hee, who presented his credentials to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on 15 November 2014. The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Estonia as of February 1993 is Priit Maran, who was appointed Honorary Consul General in 2003. The Estonian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea is Toivo Tasa (presented his credentials on 28 February 2014).


to Estonia
July 2011 Korean Parliament Speaker Park Hee Tae
December 2008 Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Yong-joon
April 2002 The The Korean Foreign Trade Association’s (KITA) President Kim Jae-Chul on a visit to Estonia. An agreement on co-operation between the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was signed
to Korea
October 2013 Foreign Minster Urmas Paet
February 2013 President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma
November 2011 Delegation of the Riigikogu foreign affairs committee
January 2010 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visiting the Republic of Korea
June 2008 Minister of Finance Ivari Padar at the meeting of ASEM finance ministers in Seoul


  • Agreement on cooperation in education, science and culture (came into force 20.07.01);
  • Agreement on the abolition of visa requirements (came into force 18.08.01).
  • Agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (came into force 23.09.2009)

Economic relations



In terms of Estonia's foreign trade partners, Korea is in the second half of the top thirty, with an average share of 0.4% of the total trade volume. If generally the trade balance has been negative for Estonia, then in 2009- 2010, and beginning in 2012 it has been positive.

Main export articles in the first half of 2015:


  • Wood and wood products - 25%
  • Iron alloy products - 24%
  • Machinery and equipment - 23%

Main import articles in the first half of 2015:


  • Cars - 25%
  • Electric machines and equipment - 17%
  • Iron alloys - 10%

All economic figures originate from the Statistical Office of Estonia

Education and Culture

Many Estonian universities have concluded co-operation agreements with universities in the Republic of Korea. There are Korean restaurants operating in Estonia, and there is also an active ethnic Korean folk dance ensemble.

On 26 November 2013 an Estonia-Korea memorandum of cooperation was signed at the Black Nights Film Festival also known as PÖFF EE-KR. The memorandum was signed by the director of the Estonian Film Institute, Edith Sepp-Dallas and the Secretary-General of the Korean Film Council, Insoo Kim.


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