GLOBSEC Trends 2021: Estonia one year into the COVID-19 pandemic


In Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges not only to healthcare systems but has also tested the bloc’s and national governments’ crisis handling in the eyes of the EU citizens. With one year into the pandemic, it has become clear the crisis is will not go away any soon.

But how have the developments of the past year reflected in the public opinion of Central and Eastern Europeans? For a sixth year, GLOBSEC Trends 2021 report provides unique insight into public attitudes towards the functioning of democracy, proneness to belief in conspiracy theories and trust in institutions, mainstream media and authorities in ten Central and Eastern European countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

This summary focuses specifically on Estonia and has been developed in cooperation with the Estonian partner in the project International Centre for Defence and Security to bring you key highlights for Estonia from the whole study.

Read them in the fact-sheets below (both in English and Estonian) and watch the Centre’s Chief Executive, Dmitri Teperik, talk about the vulnerability of Estonia to Russian and Chinese influence.

To discover more about the GLOBSEC Trends 2021 publication, click here.

For more information about Estonia, visit ICDS’ website.

This work has been supported by National Endowment for Democracy under a project „Understanding and Countering Authoritarian Interference“