Tal·linn also Tal·lin (tălĭn, tälĭn)
The capital and largest city of Estonia, in the northwest part on the Gulf of Finland opposite Helsinki, Finland. A major port, Tallinn was a possession of the Livonian Knights (1346-1561) and Sweden (1561-1710) before being formally ceded to Russia (1721). It was the capital of independent Estonia (1919-1940) and of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940-1991).
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