Since ancient times, Estonia has been an important gateway between the Nordic Countries of Scandinavia, and the East. For far travelled vikings, Estonia was the beginning of the eastern trade route Austrvegr, which crossed with the Silk Route in Persia. 

The Belt and Road Initiative is bringing this ancient trade route back on the maps. Modern railway systems with container block trains provide much faster, reliable, and safer regular connections compared to any land- and waterborne transportation solution used in the past.