Estonian World

Estonian World is a global independent online magazine, founded in London in 2012 and headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. The magazine has editorial representations in London, Chicago and Tallinn, and contributors all over the world, on every continent. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Alar Karis: No topic is taboo

The new Estonian president, Alar Karis, who assumed office on 11 October, emphasised at his inauguration ceremony the freedom of speech and parliamentary debate, national culture, education and intelligence, climate change and international cooperation; Estonian World publishes Karis’ speech in a lightly edited and shortened form. One hundred years ago, …

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Video: Politicians debate the future of Tallinn

Estonian World and the Estonishing Evenings event series on 6 October hosted an English-language political debate on the future of Tallinn; all the major political parties were represented. The local elections in municipalities across Estonia, including in Tallinn, will take place on 17 October 2021. In the Tallinn City Council …

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Video: Estonian artists release a call to action environmental song

The Estonian band, “The Women in the Kitchen” (Naised Köögis), the Estonian National Opera Boys’ Choir, the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir and the Pärnu City Orchestra have released a song and a video inspired by the global environmental concerns and climate change; the video of the song, “What World Will …

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Sounds emanating love – the story of Arvo Pärt

Estonians are proud of Pärt because he is a world-famous Estonian. Fame creates respect. But when we look more closely, his compositions address everyone, attempting to appeal to that shared aspect of human kind which rises above nationality, skin colour and culture. It is as if the music wishes to …

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Estonia celebrates the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence

On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state; in 2021, the country celebrates the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence. In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian politicians declared the nation’s independence – even as Soviet tanks were rolling through the countryside to …

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Public events in Tallinn mark the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence

On 20 August, Estonia celebrates the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence with many public events; Estonian World highlights some of the free events taking place in Tallinn. Friday, 20 August The Governor’s Garden by the Toompea Castle At 7 am, the flag raising ceremony will be held in the …

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Kersti Kaljulaid: Taliban’s success demonstrates we have been living in illusions

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, issued a statement in the wake of Taliban’s complete takeover of Afghanistan; Estonian World publishes the statement in a lightly edited form. Seeing videos from Afghanistan’s past week has been achingly painful. The sense of lost hope, of chaos and fear reflected in them brings …

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The Estonian Defence Forces in Afghanistan – in pictures

From 2003-2014, Estonia participated in Afghanistan under the NATO mission, International Security Assistance Force; this selection of pictures tells a little story of the Estonian soldiers in Afghanistan.* The Estonian Defence Forces were active in Afghanistan since 2003, serving along the British forces in the restless Helmand province in southern …

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