LinguaSnapp Eesti

LinguaSnapp Eesti is a project to develop a multilingual landscape map of Estonia. It is inspired by the project Multilingual Manchester initiated by Prof. Yaron Matras ( and developed together with his team at the University of Manchester between 2015-2021. Using the same approach and digital instruments, we are trying to find the hotspots where more than one language is in common use, what those languages are, and how they are used. This way we can collect the data important for linguistic studies but also for studies in many related fields such as urban sociology, human geography, migration, social anthropology, etc. Our app users help us discover this information, by, when walking down the street, reporting any sign, poster, leaflet or other text that is written in more than one language. We are interested in any towns and cities in Estonia, in any language, and in any kind of signs! We all live in the world where there are thousands of languages and cultures, billions of people practising them, and everyone is important. By contributing to this project, you can help to create a fair representation of people, languages and cultures in the global world.

This map displays all the photos that have so far been collected by our app users. Browse it using the search boxes on the left hand side to find how diverse is modern Estonia, and how creative its people are in using different languages. If you find any mistakes in the images related information (such as in translations or attributing languages or alphabets), or would like to share your impressions and ideas, please contact our research team at

Search for multilingual photographs taken by our contributors. You can use these drop-down boxes to refine your search. Use CTRL-click (CMD-click on a Mac) to select more than one item in a box, or to deselect an item.
By default your search will find only photos that contain ALL of the chosen languages/alphabets. Check the box below to find photos with ANY of the chosen languages; the map will use different markers to show which languages a photo has.


2+ of the above languages
None of the above languages