Estonia and Andorra
Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Estonia and the Principality of Andorra were established on 11 April 1996.
In 2001 Ruth Lausma Luik was named the first Estonian ambassador to the Principality of Andorra. From 2005-2009 the ambassador was Andres Rundu. The current ambassador, Toomas Kahur, has held the post since 16 November 2009 and resides in Madrid.
Andorra’s first ambassador to Estonia was Jaume Gaytán Sansa, who resided in Lisbon and held the position from 2008-2009. Currently there is no ambassador appointed to Estonia, but as of 14 December 2011 Maria Noguer González has been the non-residing chargé d’affaires of Andorra to Estonia.
In 2012 Estonia appointed Antoni d’Ortodó Lloveras-Puig its honorary consul in Andorra. The honorary consulate was officially opened on 11 April 2013 by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Lauri Bambus and Ambassador Toomas Kahur.
Important visits and meetings
High-level visits by Estonia to Andorra and vice versa have not yet taken place.
For Estonians, Andorra is a winter travel destination. Thanks to the opening of a direct flight route to Barcelona, the number of Estonian tourists visiting Andorra has steadily increased.
In July 2007 the embassy in co-operation with the Foreign Ministry of Andorra organised the first-ever cultural event in the history of Estonia-Andorra diplomatic relations – a concert by the Arsis Bell Ensemble.
The 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia was successfully celebrated in Andorra. On 1 March 2008 the ETV Girls’ Choir directed by Aarne Saluveer gave a concert in Andorra’s biggest concert hall, the National Auditorium. Guests at the reception held after the concert included members of Andorra’s government and parliament and representatives of business and cultural circles. The anniversary event was also covered quite extensively by the media.
Economic relations between Estonia and Andorra are minimal. Due to the structure of Andorra’s economy and also the country’s small size, Estonia businesses have not shown much interest in the country. According to the data of Statistics Estonia, as of 31 December 2012 Andorra is Estonia’s 163rd trade partner. According to Bank of Estonia data, as of 31 December 2012 investments from Andorra in Estonia total 759 000 EUR (agriculture, construction, retail and wholesale trade). There are no reciprocal investments.