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.

An Estonian study: Overweight men are lowering birth rates

A study conducted at the University of Tartu confirmed that central obesity affects fertility parameters negatively and hence, men should pay attention to their lifestyle. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia.  About 15% of couples in fertile age have experienced fertility problems. Men contribute to 50% of …

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Every fifth child under the age of three in Estonia uses smartphone daily

Smartphones are becoming an ever-larger part of the lives of small children in Estonia – parents use the devices to entertain and educate the children, but also as a virtual nanny, as the first study of digital habits of toddlers in Estonia shows. This article is published in collaboration with Research …

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A story of the Estonian Song Celebration arch you probably did not know

Estonia’s cherished Song Celebrations take place under the famous arch at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds – but how was the arch built? The first Song Celebration stage at its current location in Tallinn was built in 1928. It was designed by Karl Burman and provided space for 15,000 performers. …

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Updated – Gallery: The Estonian Song Celebration 2019

Estonia’s cherished Song Celebration that in 2019 celebrates its 150th anniversary, took place from 6-7 July in the country’s capital, Tallinn; Estonian World brings you some of the emotional moments from the celebration’s parade and the choral performances. The Estonian Song Celebration is a unique event, which every five years brings …

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Let Merck Accelerator’s experience in partnerships boost your business

Designed as a science and technological partnership, the Darmstadt, Germany-based Merck Accelerator connects Estonian startups to innovation projects of Merck and its Innovation Center; applications for the program are open. This is a paid content. A wise man once said, “If I can make it here – I can make …

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President Kaljulaid: Song makes Estonians free

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, opened the country’s cherished Song Celebration with a speech in which she emphasised that singing had historically brought Estonians joy and courage and made people feel free; Estonian World publishes Kaljulaid’s speech in full. Dear people of Estonia, Our first Song Festival took place 150 …

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An appeal from the founders of Estonian World – help us to fund our culture sections

Estonian World recently applied for a small state support for its non-profit cultural sections, but the modest request of €4,500 was turned down – despite the fact that three Estonian founders have out of pure sense of mission invested time and money worth of hundreds of thousands of euros over …

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Editorial: Estonia needs to tackle anti-Semitism before it’s too late

For the small Estonian Jewish community, times have been peaceful – but recent anti-Semitic acts are a reason for concern. Over the weekend of 22-23 June, several headstones at the 110-year old Rahumäe Jewish cemetery in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, were knocked over. On 23 June, swastikas were spray-painted on …

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Estonian beliefs and rituals carried on by Jaanipäev

Along with Christmas, Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar – people around the country will gather with their families, or at larger events to celebrate with singing, dancing and lighting the bonfires, as …

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Gallery: Queen Margrethe visits Estonia for the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visited Estonia from 15-16 June, in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag that has a mythical connection to Tallinn, the Estonian capital. The queen, who arrived in Tallinn onboard the royal yacht Dannebrog, opened a dedicated exhibit at the Kadriorg Art Museum, participated …

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