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Estonian Foreign Intelligence: the coronavirus crisis offered new opportunities for authoritarian regimes

The 2021 Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service report says Russia is using the COVID-19 pandemic to spread misinformation and promote its national interests. According to the report, Russia is using the COVID-19 pandemic to weaken the unity of the West. “This will include attempts to discredit Western-produced COVID-19 vaccines, as with …

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Estonia celebrates its independence day

As Estonians around the world are gathering to cheer for their homeland and celebrate the country’s independence day on 24 February, it’s appropriate to recall how the independent country was born, the independence maintained, lost and restored again.* A quest for independence Starting with the Northern Crusades, Estonia became a battleground of …

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Estonian researcher helps restore the mask-making tradition of the indigenous people of Alaska

Estonian researcher Anna Mossolova is helping the indigenous people of Alaska to revive their mask-making tradition that was suppressed under the influence of Christian missionaries at the turn of the 20th century. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. The Yup’ik people living in southwest Alaska first came …

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A hundred facts about Estonia

As a gift for Estonia’s centenary on 24 February 2018, Estonian World compiled, with the help of its co-authors, a list of a hundred facts about the country – some known, but some perhaps even surprising.* 1. Estonia has one of the lowest population densities in the world (28 per …

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Estonians celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating whipped cream buns

Known in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Canada as “Pancake Tuesday”, Estonians celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Vastlapäev instead – and tons of buns with whipped cream are consumed.* As elsewhere, this movable festival is determined by Easter and originates from the Christian calendar. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the …

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Seven globally outstanding Estonian female scientists

On 11 February 2021, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is held in Estonia for the first time; to mark the occasion, Estonian World highlights seven globally outstanding female scientists from the country. The Day of Women and Girls in Science was established at the initiative of …

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The University of Tartu researchers help boost health with the Jerusalem artichoke

The University of Tartu researchers, Viia Kõiv, Tanel Tenson and Elin Org, have found a new way to improve the health of the immune and nervous system and support metabolism; after several years of research, the scientists developed chips from the Jerusalem artichoke at the university’s spin-off company, RootBioMe. This article is published in collaboration with Research …

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Photos: Estonian nature and wildlife

Estonian World highlights a selection of Estonian nature and wildlife photos, courtesy of the country’s “Nature Photography of the Year” contest.* Since 2000, the magazine “Eesti Loodus” (Estonian Nature) has organised the annual “Nature Photography of the Year” competition. Everyone who is interested in photography and has managed to capture …

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Thirty exquisite maps to teach a great deal about Estonia

Geographers from the University of Tartu participated in a global 30-day map challenge, creating thirty maps of Estonia – see what they came up to. This is a lightly edited version of the article originally published in the University of Tartu blog. In late 2020, geographers Evelyn Uuemaa, Anto Aasa, …

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LIVE: Open Society Forum “Rule of Law in the European Union: Liberty of the Many or Duty of the Few?”

The Open Estonia Foundation and the European Commission’s representation in Estonia organise an online forum on the rule of law in the EU on 13 January at 15:00-17:00 EET; Estonian World will broadcast the forum live. The forum will discuss what rule of law means in practice in today’s EU, …

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