Estonians have been living in their homeland for thousands of years. This is rare even in Europe, not to mention the rest of the world. We have been facing disasters, rulers, wars and climate, but we have prevailed. This gives us our historic heritage, unique in the whole world. There is a kind of heroic romanticism in the way we feel about this place. It gives us the unique language and traditions, but makes us also calculating and introverted.