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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Estonia. Please scroll down to view.

In Estonia there is a difference between public holidays, national holidays and public observances. According to the country’s labour code, most employees are entitled to 13 paid national holidays per year. In general, the entitlement to paid holidays is determined by terms of either an employment contract or union bargaining agreement.

Estonia, formerly under Danish and Swedish rule, observes several national holidays based on cultural traditions and Christian observances. National holidays include: New Year’s Day; Independence Day; Good Friday; Easter; Labour Day; Whitsunday; Victory Day; Midsummer Day; Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Although not recognized as public holidays or national holidays, several territorial and regional holidays are observed, including several Flag days. Paid time off is generally not permitted for local observances unless set forth in an employment contract or bargaining agreement.

Labour Laws in Estonia

Labour relations are regulated by the Estonian Employment Contract Act. Employers doing business in Estonia require workers to enter into a labour contract or trade union bargaining agreement before beginning work. The respective agreements outline terms of employment, wages, overtime compensation and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. The normal work week in Estonia includes eight hours per day for five consecutive days. Overtime is permitted upon mutual agreement between an employer and employee. Estonia’s labour laws limit overtime to 48 hours over a seven-day period.

Overtime cannot be worked for more than four months. According to Estonia’s labour laws, overtime shall be compensated at a rate of not less than 50 percent of the normal hourly wage. If an employee works on a holiday, compensation may either be in the form of additional time off or payment of at least 50 percent in addition to the normal wage. If an employee is required to work on a national holiday, he or she is entitled to compensation equal to double-time.

Entitlement to Annual Leave

All employees in Estonia are entitled to at least 28 days of annual leave or vacation time per year. Some government officials and professionals may be granted additional paid holidays and vacation time, pursuant to an employment contract. Employees working in the academic and financial sectors are generally awarded extra time off during school holidays and bank closures, respectively. Entitlement to time off for public or national holidays is not included in the calculation of annual vacation entitlement.

Estonian labour laws were enacted to protect the rights of workers and provide for a specific number of paid holidays and vacation days per year. Entitlement is ultimately regulated by an employment contract or union bargaining agreement.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
24 FebFriIndependence Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
1 MayMonSpring Day
4 JunSunWhit Sunday
23 JunFriVictory Day
24 JunSatSt John's Day
20 AugSunIndependence Restoration Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas