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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.

The Estonian Foreign Investors’ Council warns against destroying Estonia’s current attractiveness

At the end of September, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications submitted a draft Communications Network Act for public approval – a draft which, in the opinion of the Estonian Foreign Investors Council, does substantial harm to the local investment environment. Heikki Mäki, the chairman of the management …

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Editorial: A new low in Estonia’s politics as an openly homophobic minister neither apologises nor resigns

The Estonian political culture took many steps back from the Nordic countries and closer to the pariahs of the East on 22 October when prime minister Jüri Ratas – a master demagogue – and his populist Centre Party decided to cling to power by backing up the openly homophobic and …

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Gallery: Hundreds rally in support of Estonia’s LGBT community

Approximately 250-300 people on 18 October gathered at Tallinn’s Freedom Square in protest against a referendum on the definition of marriage, proposed by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party – also known as EKRE; the populist party, part of the coalition government, wants to define marriage as a union of a …

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The US Library of Congress selects Estonian World for inclusion in its web archives

The United States Library of Congress has selected Estonian World for inclusion in its web archives. “We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record,” the US Library of Congress said in its email where it asked for permission to provide public access …

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Arvo Pärt: The coronavirus has shown us in a painful way that humanity is a single organism

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, gave a rare interview to the Spanish newspaper, ABC, in which the maestro said the coronavirus had showed us in a painful way that humanity is a single organism and human existence is possible only in relation to other living beings.* Pärt was interviewed by …

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LIVE: International students in Estonia – IN or OUT?

Policy makers in the Estonian government want to keep non-EU students out, student organisations and activists want to keep international students in Estonia; an independent NGO, Estonishing Evenings, and the Federation of Estonian Student Unions will on 31 August take a deeper look at this issue, the current situation, its …

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Estonia celebrates the day of restoration of independence

On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state; every year, 20 August is celebrated as the day of 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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Top 12 most outstanding Estonian statespeople

On the occasion of the day celebrating the restoration of independence, Estonian World has chosen 12 of Estonia’s most outstanding statespeople in recent times.* In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian parliamentarians decided to take advantage of the chaos in Moscow – the conservative Soviet hardliners had gone on offensive against …

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