Estonian trade and services sector 1991-2003

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  • From socialist product deficit to shops trading in foreign currencies

    In Estonia, the commercial and service sectors have undergone some radical changes during the past 10–15 years. Like the Estonian economy in general, trade ...
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  • From a cult of imported goods to finding value in local production

    The border controls between Estonia and Finland became slightly more relaxed at the end of the Soviet period and Estonians developed closer contacts with their ...
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  • Supermarkets move in

    During the second half of the 1990s, Estonia followed the lead of the West by launching several supermarkets and chain stores; such chains dealt mostly ...
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  • Increasing consumption

    Despite the fact that the number of supermarkets dealing mostly in food products has gone up, the percentage of food product sales in retail business ...
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  • Tourism industry and the bridge to Finland

    Increasingly frequent travel both abroad and in Estonia are another indicator of Estonians’ improved economic situation. In 1992 Estonian travel agents sent 46 000 people ...
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  • Mobile communications and the Internet as an influence on the range of services

    Service enterprises, i.e. enterprises providing rental, commercial or personal services, have done fairly well during the past couple of years, demonstrating a yearly growth ...
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  • Developing business culture

    The first years of independence in Estonia were not only marked by an increase in the cost of living, inflation and confusion brought along by ...
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