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Estonian units of measurement

A number of units of measurement were used in Estonia to measure length, mass, area, capacity, etc.

Units used during the first half of the 20th century

Several units were used in Estonia. These units were Russian and local units.[1]


Several units were used in Estonia to measure length. One archine (Russian) was equal to 0.7112 m.[1][2]

1 elle (Kuunar) = 0.75 archine

1 Foute = 3/7 archine[2]

1 faden = 3 archine.


A number of units were used in Estonia to measure mass. One pfund was equal to 430 g (0.430 kg).[1] Some other units are provided below:[1][2]

1 quent = 1/128 pfund

1 loth = 1/32 pfund

1 liespfund = 20 pfund

1 centner = 120 pfund

1 tonne = 240 pfund

1 schiffspfund = 400 pfund.


Several units were used in Estonia to measure area.

Reval (now Tallinn)

Some of Reval units are given below:[1][2]

1 lofstelle = 1855 m2

1 tonnland = 5462.7 m2.


Some of the Livonian units are given below:[1][2]

1 lofstelle = 3710 m2 (accuracy is up to 3 digits)

1 tonnaland = 5194 m2.


A number of units were used to measure capacity. 1 hulmit was equal to 11.48 L.[1][2]


One lof (Reval) was equal to 3 hulmit.[1][2]


One lof (Livonian) was equal to 6 hulmit.[1] One tonne (Livonian) was equal to 12 hulmit.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. pp. 117, 119. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
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