Urban migration concerns especially the Southern part of Estonia, as the younger population is moving to the cities in search for work. Mostly to Western Europe. Estonia has a population of 1,294 Million people. This is over 200.000 people less than 20 years ago, after the independence from the UdSSR. The only areas where the population has grown over the decade are surrounding Tallinn and Tartu, the country's two biggest cities. Around the capital Tallinn live now almost 42% of the whole population. One of the biggest reasons for people leaving the countryside is the closure of important regional institutions: schools, post offices, gas stations and ATMs are gradually being closed down more and more. Hundred schools have been closed down in the last twelve years and there are almost 200 post offices less than five years ago. The disappearance of infrastructure and jobs has also concerned president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who stated that cutting down the administration in the countryside leaves unnoticed that the state is moving away from the countryside. With the state leave also the people. Hundreds of houses without inhabitants, abandoned schools and even more jobless people is already reality in Southern Estonia. But the people who have stayed couldn't imagine leaving the countryside: it is the silence, the nature and their traditions.