Republic of Estonia
The Embassy of Brazil in Tallinn was opened in 2011. The official opening of the Embassy of Estonia in Brasilia is expected to happen yet in 2014.
In 1921, Brazil recognized the independence of Estonia - which had been declared in 1918. Even before the formal recognition, however, the country had voted in favor of the admission of the Baltic republic in the League of Nations.
Given the collapse of the USSR, the Estonian Parliament passed, in August 1991, a resolution by which Estonia regained its independence "de facto" and reiterated the continuity of the State since 1918. Brazil recognized the effects of that statement in September 1991, and restored full diplomatic relations in December of the same year.
Over the last few years, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Paet has already paid four visits to Brazil. Apart from a bilateral working visit (2008), he participated in the Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations (2010), in the Open Government Partnership Meeting (2012) - when he had a brief meeting with President Dilma Rousseff - and in the Rio+20 Earth Summit (2012).
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim's visit to Tallinn in June 2010 - the first one of a Brazilian Minister to that country - was an important milestone in the bilateral relations. The Foreign Minister was received by President Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, and met with Foreign Minister Paet and other authorities. The Foreign Ministers signed a Memorandum of Political Consultation and discussed the possibility of increasing bilateral trade.
Chronology of bilateral relations
1921 – Brazil recognizes the independence of Estonia.
1940 – Incorporation of Estonia to the USSR. Brazil, however, continues to maintain relations with the country.
1991 – Establishment of full diplomatic relations between Brazil and Estonia.
2006 – Entry into force of the Cooperation Agreement in Tourism and of the Educational Cooperation Agreement.
2008 – Official visit to Brasilia of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Paet.
2011 – Opening of the resident Embassy of Brazil in Tallinn.
2012 – Lawmaker Paulo Pimenta heads delegation to Estonia to evaluate possible e-government cooperation
2013 – Opening of Estonia's "Special Mission", predecessor of the country's resident Embassy in Brasilia
2014 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Paet (August)