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.

Estonia’s successful presidency of the UN Security Council

May 2020 was a historical month for Estonia – for the first time, the country held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council; Estonia’s presidency happened during the COVID-19 crisis, a turbulent time in the whole world, and brought many lessons and achievements – Estonian World looks back at …

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Estonian-founded Aligner is rocking the world of language localisation

Aligner, an Estonian language localisation startup, enables translation either by machine or human and managing content in different languages at the same time, using their matrix editor. Estonian World met the masterminds behind Aligner.io – the cofounders Sandra Roosna and Nazari Goudin, at their office close to the Tallinn harbour. …

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Timothy Snyder: We should not fall into politics that are only about “us and them”

Estonian World interviewed Timothy Snyder, a renowned American academic, historian and an author of many globally influential books, such as “Bloodlands. Europe between Hitler and Stalin”, “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning”, “On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” and “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America”. …

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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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