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.

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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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 rankings has improved from 501 in 2012 to 285 for the 2020/2021 academic year, its highest ever and sixteen places higher than last …

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The late Estonian composer Veljo Tormis to be honoured with a virtual centre

Veljo Tormis, one of the most important Estonian choral composers, would have turned 90 this year; to celebrate the anniversary, a new namesake virtual centre will be opened in August 2020. “The 90th anniversary of the birth of the great contemporary choral composer, Veljo Tormis, will be celebrated worldwide with …

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The first Estonian-made electric scooter launched

The Tallinn-based company, Comodule, has launched its electric scooter called Tuul – the first electric scooter developed and manufactured in Estonia. Comodule’s story started off when three founders of the company – Kristjan Maruste, Teet Praks and Heigo Varik – were still students at the Tallinn University of Technology and …

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Estonia hosts digital transformation experts from 135 countries

This year’s e-Governance Conference, an annual Estonia-led event that brings together digital transformation makers and experts from around the world, was held virtually; despite the disruption caused by the current coronavirus crisis, a record number of over 1,100 participants from 135 countries had registered for the event. The 2020 e-Governance …

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