Reelika Virunurm

Reelika spent over four years living in Germany, which she considers her second home country. Back in Estonia, she is working in communications, writing in her free time, and also showing tourists how to eat blueberries in the forest. She is trying to travel as much as possible and learn a new language whenever possible.

15 years of Estonia’s EU membership – victories, challenges and future developments

Estonia has been a member state of the European Union for 15 years – Estonian World takes a closer look at the journey towards the EU, the biggest achievements during these years and contemplates the developments and challenges the country might face in the future.  The first vote in my …

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What is it like to work for one of the fastest growing Estonian startups?

Kreet Prants, the verification operations lead at Veriff, the Estonian startup of the year, gives an overview of the fast-growing company’s goals, working culture and the kind of people it is looking for to join its team. Veriff is one of the fastest growing startups in Estonia, providing web and …

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Political scientist Heather Grabbe: Let’s make the EU the best it can be

Estonian World sat down with Dr Heather Grabbe, a political scientist focussing on open society concerns, who believes that the people of Europe should make the European Union the best it can be, address its flaws and solve its problems. On 2 October, the Open Estonia Foundation held the XXII …

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The Mindvalley University in Tallinn – a month full of international experts and learning

Estonian World visited the Mindvalley University’s Tallinn session and spoke with some of the attendees to find out more about the programme that calls itself “a tribe of changemakers”. The Estonian capital is crowded with tourists every summer from May to September, but one may have noticed that during the …

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Rüdiger and Antonel Roach, South African expats, living in Tallinn.

A South African couple shares their tips on moving to Estonia

A South African couple, Rüdiger and Antonel Roach, packed up their things and moved to Estonia in March 2017; now that they’ve settled in, they’re happy to share their experience and tips on moving to a strange country. This article is commercial content, paid for by the European Social Fund …

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Autolevi brings peer-to-peer car sharing to Estonia

Estonians have always been rather individualistic and that also applies to car ownership; one company now wants to change that. Tauri Kärson, an Estonian entrepreneur, founded the peer-to-peer car rental company, Autolevi, in 2012 after graduating from his studies in logistics and researching the habits of Estonian car owners. “One …

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How the e-culture of Estonia created the book of “The Ordinary Estonian”

A new book, co-created by the nation of Estonia and called “The Ordinary Estonian”, is fusing stories written by Estonians on various themes. Complementing them with photographs of everyday Estonian life, the two Estonian authors, Karin Nemec and Helen Ree, have been able to utilise the internet and the e-culture …

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Marten Kuningas – a singer-songwriter who persists singing in Estonian

At this year’s Positivus Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the Baltic region, only two bands sang in Estonian. One of them was that of Marten Kuningas, a young Estonian singer who has remained committed to singing in Estonian, rather than English. Known for lush sounds and romantic …

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Photobook project “The Ordinary Estonian” attempts to create an authentic image of present day Estonians

Please meet Helen Ree, a professional photographer who has been living in Zürich for four years, and Karin Nemec, a former manager in the Estonian finance sector who currently lives in Shanghai with her young daughter — the co-ordinators of the photobook project on Estonians, called “Harilik Eestlane – The Ordinary Estonian”. The photobook …

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Global Estonians: Maari Ernits, an aspiring opera singer in Amsterdam

Maari Ernits, an Estonian in Amsterdam, invites me to meet her at the Amsterdam Public Library, in a rooftop café which overlooks the whole city. After some twists and turns and trying different things in her life, she has realised her true ambition and is studying to be an opera singer in …

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