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.

The University of Tartu achieves a new record in the world rankings

According to one of the most important higher education lists, the QS World University Rankings, the University of Tartu now holds its best global position ever. The university’s position in the ranking has improved from 501 in 2012 to 301 for the 2020 ranking. In the process of preparing the ranking list, the QS …

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Estonian startup Veriff to verify customers in a Berlin public transport app

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), the main public transport company of Berlin, the German capital, chose the Estonian online identity verification startup, Veriff, to verify people’s identities in Jelbi, BVG’s freshly launched mobility app. Jelbi covers Berlin’s entire public transportation system, scooters, bikes, ride-hailing and car sharing, as well as traditional taxis. BVG …

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Pictures: Arvo Pärt and Sting enjoy each other’s company in Estonia

Sting, an English rock music legend currently on a concert tour that took him also to Tallinn, visited Estonian composer Arvo Pärt at the maestro’s namesake cultural centre; the two artists clearly enjoyed each other’s company. “Today, a warm-hearted meeting took place between Arvo Pärt and Sting, who will perform …

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British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay becomes a fan of Estonian-made igloo-style huts

Gordon Ramsay, one of the best-known and most influential British chefs, has followed fellow Brits, footballer David Beckham and film director Guy Ritchie, by becoming a fan of igloo-style pods, made by Estonian company Iglucraft. According to the Daily Mail, Ramsay has filed a planning application with his local council in …

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The Estonian culture festival, ESTO 2019, to kick off in Finland

ESTO 2019, the XII Global Estonian Cultural Days, will start with a youth seminar and an opening concert in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, on 28 June. ESTO 2019 is the XII global Estonian cultural festival. Originally started in 1972 by the Estonian expats abroad – most of whom were refugees …

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Tallinn among the most expensive cities to buy cannabis

The intolerant attitude by the Estonian authorities towards cannabis consumption has pushed the price up in the country – it’s more expensive to buy weed in Tallinn than in Oslo. According to the Global Cannabis Price Index, compiled by the Berlin-based PR group, ABCD Agency, the Estonian capital, Tallinn, is …

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Gallery: The Estonian Song and Dance Celebration flame lit in Tartu

Estonia’s cherished Song and Dance Celebration that in 2019 celebrates its 150th anniversary, will take place from 4-7 July; the relay of the symbolic flame of the massive event got its start in the country’s second largest town, Tartu, on 1 June. The relay of the flame of the XXVII …

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The Ukrainian-Estonian chamber of commerce founded in Tallinn

The Ukrainian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (UECC) was founded on 31 May in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, to help with cooperation between the Estonian and Ukrainian companies and the two countries. The chamber was established by two companies, Elme Messer Gaas and Ilyashev & Partners Law Office. The NGO aims to …

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Estonian folk artist Mari Kalkun to give a debut concert in London

Mari Kalkun, one of the most highly regarded Estonian singers and musicians in Europe, is to perform at the Songlines Encounters Festival in London on 30 May. Kalkun, who relies in her work on her southern Estonian roots, singing in the Võro language, was invited to perform at the Songlines Encounters …

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