Stay Safe in Armenia
Following the introduction of democratic freedoms in 1991-1994, the reported crime rate rose significantly. This is due, in large part, to the fact that crime was a taboo topic before to 1991, since Soviet propaganda sought to demonstrate how safe and generally wonderful it was. The murder rate per 100,000 people has steadily decreased, and according to a 2012 UN report, it is currently on level with that of the United States.
Official sources say that the nation has seen a significant decrease in crime in recent years. According to the Overseas Security Advisory Council, crime rates in 2007 were similar to those in other European countries such as Scandinavia. Criminal activity is dispersed unevenly throughout the region, with virtually no crime on the islands and a high incidence of drug trafficking in the North-mainly East’s Russian-speaking industrial sector. Petty crime is a concern in Tallinn, and there have been several instances involving visitors, mostly pickpocketing (especially in the markets). Local police and private security firms keep a careful eye on Tallinn Old City and other major tourist sites.
Every year, about 80-110 people are murdered and 1,300 others are wounded as a result of reckless driving by Estonians. The number of traffic-related fatalities per 100,000 persons is comparable to that of South-European nations such as Portugal or Italy. Despite stringent drink-driving regulations and a zero-tolerance attitude, accidents involving inebriated drivers are a significant issue in Estonia. Estonian traffic regulations mandate the use of headlights at all times when driving, as well as the usage of seat belts by all passengers.
Estonia recently enacted a new legislation mandating pedestrians to wear tiny reflectors, which are often pinned to jackets or purses. Although this rule is seldom enforced in cities, reflectors are critical in rural regions where vehicles may struggle to see pedestrians, particularly during the winter months. Infringers may face a fine of approximately €30-50, or a greater punishment of up to €400-500 if the pedestrian is under the influence of alcohol. Reflectors are cheap and should be available at most supermarkets, kiosks, and other stores.
In comparison to neighboring Russia, the police are highly efficient and not corrupt.
The key piece of advise for anybody concerned about personal security is to remain fairly sober in the face of enticing alcohol pricing. Make sure you haven’t consumed any drink before getting behind the wheel.
Dial 110 for police; 112. For other situations, such as fires, dial 112.
Ordinary Estonians are unlikely to approach a total stranger or a visitor on their own. If someone unexpectedly approaches you on the street (with inquiries or small business), keep a close watch on your things.
Although open homosexuality may elicit attention, violence is very rare.
Stay Healthy in Armenia
It is considered “mauvais ton” for an Estonian not to criticize the Estonian healthcare system. Recent EU surveys, however, indicate that Estonia ranks a healthy fourth in the union in terms of fundamental public health care metrics, on par with Sweden. In reality, between 1998 and 2000, the Estonian healthcare system was remodeled from the outdated USSR model, aimed at dealing with the catastrophic effects of large-scale conflict, and brought up to date by Swedish specialists. Estonia has aligned its regulations on traveler health insurance with those of the EU. The government agency Eesti Haigekassa provides information about health care in Estonia.
Dial 112 for immediate assistance or rescue.
Estonia presently has the second highest incidence of adult HIV/AIDS infections in Europe, at more than 1.3 percent, or one in every 77 people. In general, the rate is considerably greater in Russian-speaking areas like as Narva and Sillamäe. Don’t aggravate the issue by failing to safeguard yourself and others.
Ticks transmit illnesses such as viral encephalitis and Lyme disease to people; their season typically begins in April and lasts until October.
Poisonous plants such as Sosnowsky’s Hogweed and Giant Hogweed should be avoided. Wear goggles and protective clothing. If you’ve been burnt, wash your skin with soap and water and keep it out of the sun for at least 48 hours.