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Estonia’s third largest city – four reasons to visit Narva

Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, by the Russian border, on the Narva River which drains Lake Peipus. The frontier location of Narva is the most characteristic feature of both the past and the present of the town. The historic border has been running there …

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Getting off the ground: Estonian startups

In recent years, Estonia has developed a notable start-up ecosystem. How can others benefit from Estonia’s booming startup economy? Estonia has been said to produce more start-ups than any other country in Europe per capita. In addition to Skype’s success story, there are many new companies which have taken the world as …

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Digital milestone shows pin is the new pen

Estonia’s national ID card has now been used to give 100 million digital signatures. Since 2002, 1.6 million chip-enabled identity cards have been issued and around 500,000 card holders have used its electronic functions to give e-signatures or authenticate their identity – the latter has occurred 164 million times. One …

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Estonian architects create the world´s longest bouncing trampoline

Estonian architects Maarja Kask (33), Karli Luik (35) and Ralf Lõoke (34) from the Tallinn-based practice Salto have built the world’s longest trampoline in a Russian forest, submitted as part of an arts festival. The trampoline, called „Fast Track“, is 51 metres long and made of black rubber. According to …

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Tallinn´s Christmas market considered as one of the finest in Europe

Tallinn’s Christmas market has been running since 1991 and gone from strength to strength. Considered among the Europe’s finest, the Town Hall Square becomes a romantic and atmospheric place where the local merchants sell a range of Estonian arts and crafts, as well as mulled wine and traditional food. Once …

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Estonian startup VitalFields helps farmers to increase productivity

Agricultural efficiency startup VitalFields has successfully raised a €250,000 seed investment from venture investors. The company focuses on increasing the productivity of farmers by offering a field based weather forecast, plan disease forecasting and farm efficiency analysis. VitalFields said that their system is already used by hundreds of farmers in Europe. …

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Artist in focus: jazz singer Kadri Voorand (video)

Kadri Voorand is an up-and-coming Estonian jazz singer. Voorand grew up in the environment filled with folk music and tradition. She sang, danced and played violin since early childhood in her mother’s folk ensemble, where her task was from the beginning the improvise,  to fill the melodies or keep the …

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Europe’s first gaming startup accelerator GameFounders present their first batch of startups

GameFounders, the first startup accelerator in Europe that is purely focused on gaming and gamified apps, was founded this year by Estonians Kadri Ugand, Lauri Antalainen, Sven Illing, and American Paul Bragiel. The accelerator, co-financed by the Startup Estonia program (itself co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund) offers starting …

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Estonian President Ilves: Citizens themselves should determine organisation of the EU in future

The European Union needs a new Convention of the Future of Europe, whereby the member states, meaning its citizens, can adopt decisions regarding the organisation of the future Europe, said President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Giuliano Amato, former prime minister of Italy, at a discussion …

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