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.

Skype cofounder Toivo Annus dies at the age of 48

The Estonian entrepreneur, Toivo Annus, one of the founding IT engineers behind the global telecommunication application, Skype, unexpectedly died on 12 July, his widow has announced. “I inform you with the utmost sadness that last weekend, on 12 July, our beloved husband, dad, entrepreneur and investor, Toivo Annus, succumbed to …

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An exhibition is exploring Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s journey as an artist

The Laulasmaa, Estonia-based Arvo Pärt Centre runs an exhibition that presents the thoughts recorded in the maestro’s diaries. On 1 July, the Arvo Pärt Centre opened the exhibition, “When you seek from almost nothing”, that for the first time presents the thoughts recorded in Arvo Pärt’s diaries to a wider …

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An Estonian ICT organisation helps Africa turn digital

The Estonian ICT Cluster and the Smart Africa alliance hosted a virtual workshop on digital economy that attracted participants from 16 African countries. At the beginning of July, the Estonian ICT Cluster and the Smart Africa alliance hosted a practical workshop series on digital economy policies. The virtual event was …

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Estonian online identity verification startup raises USD15.5 million in financing round

The Estonian online identity verification startup, Veriff, has closed a financing round of USD15.5 million to bolster its global growth. Founded in 2015 by Kaarel Kotkas, Veriff’s technology makes sure a person is who they claim to be. Using artificial intelligence, the firm claims to analyse thousands of technological and …

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Vaivara, Ida-Virumaa. Estonian electricity is produced by first digging up huge swaths of some of the most picturesque landscapes in Ida-Virumaa, collecting millions of metric tons of dirt-like oil shale and then just burning it all. The byproduct of this hardcore practice is… even cooler-looking landscapes. Unnatural, sure, but after the mines and massive ash-piles have been deserted, new life begins in those artificial hillocks.

A new research project maps the impacts of moving away from oil shale in Estonia

A new research project aims to map the impacts of the Estonian energy system switching away from oil shale and oil shale mining on the residents of the country’s Ida-Viru County. Ida-Viru County is the most northeastern part of Estonia. The county contains large deposits of oil shale – the …

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Cyrillus Kreek’s music released internationally by ECM

ECM, the Munich, Germany-based record label known in Estonia for helping highlight Arvo Pärt’s music for the global audience back in the 1980s, has released an album by Cyrillus Kreek – an Estonian composer internationally virtually unknown until now. “The Suspended Harp of Babel” was recorded in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church in August …

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The e-residency programme has earned Estonia €31 million in tax revenues

Estonia’s e-residency programme has since its launch earned the state €41 million – €31 million of which is direct tax revenue, the team behind the state-owned initiative announced. Businesses founded by Estonia’s e-residents have earned the state close to €31 million in tax revenue since the programme’s launch in December …

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Estonia contributes €50,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Sudan

The Estonian government has decided to contribute €50,000 to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Sudan, a country in northeastern Africa. On the initiative of Germany and in cooperation with the United Nations, the European Union and Sudan, a high-level partnership conference on Sudan was held on 26 June. Estonia participated …

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Estonian mobile payments startup Fortumo sold to Boku for $41 million

Fortumo, the mobile payments services provider, founded in Tartu, Estonia, has been acquired by the London Stock Exchange-listed mobile payments platform, Boku. Fortumo was founded in Tartu in 2007 as a spin-off of the mobile services company, Mobi Solutions, by entrepreneurs Rain Rannu and Veljo Otsason. The company offers various …

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Gallery: Half a thousand people turn up for a “Black Lives Matter” rally in Tallinn

Approximately 500 people turned out in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, for a peaceful solidarity rally, showing support to the Black community in the United States and taking a stand against racism in Estonia. The Black Lives Matter rallies have taken place across the US and Europe since the end of …

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