President of Estonia

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President of the Republic of Estonia
Eesti Vabariigi President
Flag of the President of Estonia.svg
Presidential Standard
Alar Karis - August 2021.jpg
Incumbent
Alar Karis

since 11 October 2021
StyleMr President
(informal)
His Excellency
(diplomatic)
TypeHead of state
ResidencePresidential Palace
AppointerRiigikogu / Electoral College
(alternately until a candidate reaches the required majority)
Term length5 years, renewable once consecutively
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Estonia
Inaugural holderKonstantin Päts
Formation24 April 1938; 83 years ago (1938-04-24)
Abolished1940–1991
Salary€6,661.77 monthly[1]
Websitepresident.ee

The President of the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariigi President) is the head of state of the Republic of Estonia. The current President is Alar Karis since 11 October 2021.

Presidents of Estonia[change | change source]

# Portrait Name Took Office Left Office Party Birth and Death
1 Konstantin Päts.jpg Konstantin Päts 24 April 1938 23 July 1940 Patriotic League b. 23 February 1874, Tahkuranna
d. 18 January 1956, Burashevo, Kalinin Oblast, USSR
1938 – I round – elected by the Electoral Assembly (parliament and municipal appointees) with 219 of 238 votes (92.0%).
2 Lennart Meri 1998.jpg Lennart Meri 6 October 1992 8 October 2001 Pro Patria National Coalition b. 29 March 1928, Tallinn
d. 14 March 2006, Tallinn
1992 – II round – elected by the parliament with 59 of 101 votes (58.4%).
1996 – V round – elected by the Electoral Assembly (parliament and municipal appointees) with 196 of 372 votes (52.7%).
3 Arnold Rüütel 2006.jpg Arnold Rüütel 8 October 2001 9 October 2006 People's Union of Estonia b. 10 May 1926, Laimjala Parish, Saare County
2001 – V round – elected by the Electoral Assembly (parliament and municipal appointees) with 186 of 366 votes (50.8%).
4 Toomas Hendrik Ilves 2011-12-19.jpg Toomas Hendrik Ilves 9 October 2006 10 October 2016 Social Democratic Party b. 26 December 1953, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 – IV round – elected by the Electoral Assembly (parliament and municipal appointees) with 174 of 345 votes (50.4%).
2011 – I round – elected by the parliament with 73 of 101 votes (72.3%).
5 Kersti Kaljulaid - 2018 (cropped).jpg Kersti Kaljulaid 10 October 2016 11 October 2021 Independent b. 30 December 1969, Tartu
2016 – VI round – elected by the parliament with 81 of 101 votes (80.2%).
6 Alar Karis - August 2021.jpg Alar Karis 11 October 2021 Incumbent Independent b. 26 March 1958, Tartu
2021 – II round – elected by the parliament with 72 of 101 votes (71.3%).

Living former presidents[change | change source]

There are two living former Estonian presidents:

References[change | change source]

  1. Mihhailov, Sergei (19 March 2021). "Tippametnike ja -poliitikute palk tõuseb aprillist umbes saja euro võrra" (in Estonian). ERR. Retrieved 11 October 2021.

Other websites[change | change source]