Silver Tambur

Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.

Estonia’s Tallinn Airport voted sixth best in Europe

According to the airport guide, Sleeping in Airports, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is the sixth best airport in Europe, based on the overall experience determined by travellers who had taken the site’s 2019 airport survey. In the annual survey, the guide asked travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overall …

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Estonian startup Gelatex wins a sustainability award in Germany

The Estonian startup, Gelatex Technologies, has won the Green Alley Award 2019; its gelatine-based alternative to leather beat off competition from other startups in the circular economy. The Estonian startup impressed the expert jury of the Green Alley Award during a live pitch evening on 17 October in Berlin, Germany. …

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Estonian opera singer Mirjam Mesak wins a Bavarian Art Prize

The Munich, Germany-based Estonian soprano, Mirjam Mesak, has been awarded with the Bavarian Art Prize 2019 in the “Performing Arts” category. The Bavarian Art Prize is awarded by the Free State of Bavaria, an influential federal state of Germany, in the fields of fine arts, performing arts, music and dance and literature …

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Estonian adventure movie “Phantom Owl Forest” awarded in Germany

The Estonian family adventure film, “Phantom Owl Forest”, won the European Children’s Film Award at the Schlingel International Film Festival in Chemnitz, Germany; in addition, Paula Rits, the leading actress in the movie, won the “Best Child Actor” award. “Phantom Owl Forest”, directed and written by Anu Aun, talks about …

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The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, meeting with her Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin. Photo by Stanislav Moshkov.

The Estonian president invites Vladimir Putin to Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid, the Estonian president, invited her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to attend the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in June 2020. Kaljulaid sent the invitations to the presidents of Finland, Hungary and Russia – Sauli Niinistö, János Áder and Vladimir Putin, respectively. The congress, which will take place at …

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An Estonian documentary about Soviet-era hippies to premiere in the UK

“Soviet Hippies”, an Estonian documentary directed by Terje Toomistu, is due to have its UK premiere in Manchester on 10 October; it will be, later in the month, also screened in London. The documentary, focused on Estonian hippies during the Soviet occupation, will have its UK premiere on 10 October …

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The University of Tartu’s arts and humanities ranked in the global top 300

The arts and humanities programmes at the University of Tartu have been ranked between 251 and 300 in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings table of subjects; the overall ranking of the university is between 301 and 350. The subject rankings by the British journal, Times Higher Education, are based …

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Tallinn named the most cultured city in Northern Europe

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, ranks eighth among the 50 most cultured cities in Europe and number one in Northern Europe, in a list researched and compiled by Wanderu, a travel search platform and fare aggregator. Using a specific methodology, the Boston, Massachusetts-based Wanderu calculated the density of culturally important sites …

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The majority of the Estonian people are still homophobic, survey finds

According to a public opinion survey, over half of Estonian people still find homosexuality unacceptable; however, for the first time, more people support same-sex civil partnership than are against it. A public opinion survey about the attitudes of the Estonian population towards the LGBT topics, conducted by Turu-uuringute AS and …

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