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.

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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Estonia presents its technological potential at Hannover Trade Fair

For the fifth year in a row, Estonia´s joint stand at the world´s largest trade fair for industry and technology in Hannover, Germany, hosted 11 companies presenting their newest products, applications and services. This year, the Hannover Trade Fair broke its own previous records, attracting 6,550 exhibitors from 62 nations …

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Bangladeshi CEO: “Estonia could have a huge potential in outsourcing”

Ahmed Nadir, the CEO of Albatross Technologies, tells in an interview with Estonian World that Estonians could use their education, their innovative ideas and available tools to come to the outsourcing market. I met Mr. Ahmed Nadir, CEO of Albatross Technologies during CeBIT Global Conferences in Hannover. He delivered a …

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Carpet designer Heleri Alexandra Sits attracts attention in Germany

During the recent international Domotex Trade Fair in Hannover, an Estonian company attracted a lot of attention from visitors and local media alike with their extraordinary and eye-catching hand-tufted carpets. One of the most well-known newspapers in Germany, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, wrote a short story on the company, praising the …

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Berlin-based composer Jüri Reinvere: “Only through dialogue can we find out how the others see and understand us, as a person, or as a nation.”

Jüri Reinvere is an Estonian composer living in Berlin. His latest work, the opera “Purge”, based on Sofi Oksanen´s famous novel, premiered in Finnish National Opera in April 2012. He is currently writing his next opera “Peer Gynt” for Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, to premiere in November 2014. Jüri …

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The story behind “Kati and me” – adventure, friendship and meeting Canadian Estonians

Reelika Virunurm explores the story behind “Kati and me” – how an Estonian girl called “Kati” prompted a Canadian couple to visit Estonia, fall in love with the country, and make a short film about it – the film which has become an internet sensation in last few weeks. It …

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