Andres Simonson

Andres is first generation American of Estonian descent. An enthusiastic estophile, he is an environmental consultant holding a bachelor's degree in environmental science and a master's in city and regional planning, concentrating in environmental planning. He resides in Red Bank, New Jersey, with his loving wife and three darling daughters.

Yes, we clan: Why do Estonians have a clan mentality?

Estonians, especially diaspora, are inclined towards clan mentality – but they do not fit the strict definition of a clan; so, why is this so? Although maybe more accurately described in terms of a tribe, the Estonian diaspora are rather clearly inclined to clan mentality. There is a difference between …

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Estonian reality television series, Sauna Secrets, premiers on the BBC

Ever wish you could be a fly on the sauna wall? Well, thanks to a new Estonian reality television series, now you can.* Reality television fans and channel surfers, take note. The relatively new Estonian production company, Rumal Productions, is premiering a new series tonight on the BBC. Entitled “Sauna Secrets”, the …

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Estonian-American summer camps in the US are still vibrant

Andres Simonson gives an overview of Estonian-American youth camps in the United States. Summer beckons many things – vacations, barbeques, picnics and, for those of us on the US east coast, high humidity and city folk wearing socks with sandals at the beach. And, for many Estonian-American youths, it is also …

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Beebi Boomers – the children of fate

Andres Simonson writes about the Beebi Boomers – the children born in the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and other countries to native Estonian political refugees who fled the Soviet invasion and the illegal occupation of their fatherland.* In the war-torn Estonia of 1944, two families from disparate parts of the country make a …

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Estonia 100: the gift of security – Andres Simonson

In 2018, Estonia will celebrate its 100th birthday, and many wonderful and relevant gifts have been proposed; however, ensuring national security may be the most practical gift of all. As Estonia approaches the century mark in 2018, birthday gifts are already trickling in. In this case, with a country celebrating 100 …

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Top ten reasons to attend the Estonian American National Council gala

The Estonian American National Council (EANC) is taking the show on the road. This year’s annual meeting, public programme and awards presentation will take place in San Francisco, California, on 5 November 2016 and will include timely panels and an awards gala. Detailed information and registration is available on the …

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Estonian fashion – the folk costume

Everything you ever wanted to know about Estonia’s most famous fashion. Rahvariided, translated literally as “clothes of the people”, are folk costumes, and they are probably the most well-known fashion to emerge from Estonia. Unless you count the presidential bow tie. But that’s another story for another day. A tradition centuries old, …

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The Lakewood Estonian House celebrates platinum anniversary

The Lakewood Estonian House in New Jersey, United States, is turning 70, which can only mean one thing – time to throw a party. A lot happens in a span of 70 years. Halley’s Comet nearly completes its seven-billion-mile elliptical cruise around the solar system. In the east, the Sun rises over …

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