Kohtla-Järve is an industrial town in Estonia that produces vast amounts of petroleum products. Situated in the northeast of Estonia, Kohtla-Järve is said to have only around 20% Estonian population with the rest mainly being a Russian speaking majority. Settlements on the site of the present town are documented as far back as the 13th century. In the early 20th century Kohtla-Järve began to extract the local oil shale and it became of great strategic importance during the Second World War.
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Eesti Post is Estonia's national postal service with generally fast and reliable services for sending postcards, parcels and letters. It can take up to 4-5 days to send mail to Western Europe though, longer outside the continent. Domestic services are much faster though. Post offices are generally open from 9:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, though some variations might be possible depending on the post office. Some larger central ones might be open evenings and on Sundays. There is no need to buy stamps at the post offices though; just get your stamps at some shops or kiosks and drop your mail off in any of the small orange post boxes, which are abundant throughout the country.
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