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.

An Estonian startup offers insurance for lightweight vehicle users

As the number of accidents involving electric scooters and bicycles has increased in Estonia, an Estonian startup called Cachet has launched a “city rider insurance”. According to the startup, in the last few years, the number of lightweight vehicles and their users in Estonian cities has tripled. “In parallel, the …

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The fourth World Cleanup Day engages people from 180 countries

The Estonian-initiated World Cleanup Day engages millions of people across the world on 18 September. The World Cleanup Day traces its roots back to 2008, when 50,000 people came together in Estonia and cleaned up the entire country in five hours. The citizen movement, called Let’s Do It! then grew into …

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Tallinn celebrates the Ethnic Culture Days

From 18 September until 26 September, the seventh Ethnic Culture Days, featuring workshops, exhibitions, concerts and overviews of the culture and customs of different nationalities take place in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The event, organised by various NGOs and the Tallinn city government, starts with a traditional ethno-fair at the …

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Tallinn wins the “European Green Capital 2023” title

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, beat competition from Helsingborg, Sweden; Krakow, Poland; and Sofia, Bulgaria to become the “European Green Capital” of 2023; the competition is organised by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The winner of the competition was announced on 9 September in Lahti, Finland …

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A private expedition to investigate the wreck of MS Estonia

Close relatives of the people who died in the sinking of MS Estonia will organise a privately initiated expedition to the wreck of the ferry; the relatives claim that many questions related to the disaster remain unanswered by official investigations that have been conducted over the past 27 years. The …

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TalTech improves its global rank, Tallinn University slides

The latest World University Rankings, compiled by the British journal, Times Higher Education, has ranked four Estonian higher education institutions: TalTech – the Tallinn University of Technology – is ranked higher than in 2020, while the University of Tartu has kept the same position and Tallinn University has slipped; for …

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Research conference to analyse Arvo Pärt’s work

The Arvo Pärt Centre – the Estonian composer’s personal archive and information and music centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia – and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are holding a free international research conference dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s work and the cultural context surrounding it. The conference, “Arvo Pärt – …

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UPDATED: The Estonian parliament elects a new president

The Estonian parliament, Riigikogu, convened on 30 August and 31 August to elect a new Estonian president; there was just one candidate – Alar Karis, the director of the Estonian National Museum, as the incumbent president, Kersti Kaljulaid, was not supported by the governing Centre Party and the Reform Party. …

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