You will get more interest and responses here than all paid dating sites combined!(17,505 sq mi) of land and water, and is influenced by a humid continental climate.Spiritual practices were guided by shamans, with sacred groves, especially oak groves, serving as places of worship.Fighting reached Estonia in 1206, when Danish king Valdemar II unsuccessfully invaded Saaremaa.By the 13th century Estonia consisted of eight major counties: Harjumaa, Järvamaa, Läänemaa, Revala, Saaremaa, Sakala, Ugandi, and Virumaa; and six minor, single-parish counties: Alempois, Jogentagana, Mõhu, Nurmekund, Soopoolitse, and Vaiga.Counties were independent entities and engaged only in a loose co-operation against foreign threats.Following centuries of successive German, Danish, Swedish, and Russian rule, Estonians experienced a national awakening that culminated in independence from the Russian Empire towards the end of World War I on 24 February 1918.After its successful democratic rule, the Era of Silence had made Estonia increasingly autocratic.
Around the 11th century, the Scandinavian Viking era around the Baltic Sea was succeeded by the Baltic Viking era, with seaborne raids by Curonians and by Estonians from the island of Saaremaa, known as Oeselians.
Two larger subdivisions appeared: the parish (Estonian: kihelkond) and the county (Estonian: maakond), which consisted of multiple parishes.
A parish was led by elders and centred around a hill fort; in some rare cases a parish had multiple forts.
The geographical areas between Aesti and Estonia do not match, with Aesti being farther south.
Ancient Scandinavian sagas refer to a land called Eistland, as the country is still called in Icelandic, and close to the Danish, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish and Norwegian term Estland for the country.