In 1996, the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations was founded by regional unions as a national umbrella organisation for the co-operative movement in Estonia. In 1999, the co-operative housing movement changed its structure to a onelevel national organisation. Since then, housing co-operatives have been direct members of the national organisation.

With its roughly 1400 members, the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Estonia. The Union represents about 1 million people who live in Estonia in apartment buildings and blocks of flats – the very same people whose interests we protect.

EKYL’s objectives are to offer services to members and to represent them and advocate for their interests at local, national and international levels. Services include: information and advice, training, organisational development, promotion, representation and advocacy and, management. EKYL publish the ELAMU magazine.


Every apartment association in Estonia can join the Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations.
For a membership application and further information, please write