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.

INFOGRAM: Estonia has the second best public wifi in the world

According to a new survey, based on users’ experiences, Estonia provides the second best public wifi in the world, while Lithuania has emerged as the leader. Lithuania is the country providing the best public WiFi services, according to the survey, followed by Estonia. The two nations beat out wealthier nations …

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Estonia joins a UK-led joint force to tackle common threats

The United Kingdom will be at the forefront of a high-readiness force that includes Estonia. On 30 November, the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon, committed the UK to a leading role in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which will include Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway, and could …

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Estonian choreographer’s Anna Karenina premieres in Milan

Estonian choreographer Teet Kask’s ballet “Anna Karenina”, set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music, on Friday premiered at the Teatro di Milano in Italy. Kask created the ballet exclusively for the ballet company of the Teatro di Milano. The production combines classical and contemporary ballet and highlights themes that have not been …

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Estonian language learning platform Lingvist attracts USD8 million investment

Lingvist, an Estonian startup that aims to teach a new language in 200 hours, has announced an investment of USD8 million, led by the global internet services company, Rakuten, Inc. Rakuten will invest alongside existing investors Smartcap, Inventure and Skype’s co­founder Jaan Tallinn. The financing will be used to fund …

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There’s a new self-driving robot on the road – and it’s Estonian

Estonian entrepreneurs have launched a new company, called Starship Technologies, in London, manufacturing self-driving delivery robots. Founded by former Skype co-founders, Estonian Ahti Heinla, and Dane Jaanus Friis, Starship Technologies aims to improve local delivery of goods and groceries. The company will introduce fleets of small and earthbound delivery robots, …

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Pärnu’s Ammende Villa among “most charming hotels” in Europe

Pärnu’s historical mansion house, the Ammende Villa, now housing a hotel and a restaurant, was nominated in the “Best Charming Hotel in Europe” category at Villegiature Awards in Paris. Ammende Villa was among the six hotels in the 2015 list of nominees at the international competition. The annual Villegiature Awards …

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The Estonian pavilion wins the third prize at Expo Milan

The Estonian pavilion, titled the “Gallery of Estonia”, has won the third prize at the “Expo Milano 2015 Awards” in the category of “Exhibition Design”. The pavilion was visited by over three million people. “We are extremely happy and proud of having received this acknowledgement, which represents one more proof …

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Estonia is Lonely Planet’s best value destination for 2016

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has ranked the best value destinations for 2016 and Estonia is number one. “Bagging a good deal on the road can be almost as thrilling as the trip itself, no matter what your travel budget,” the Lonely Planet said in the introduction. …

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Japan to implement ID cards following Estonia’s example

Japan is the first large country who is going to implement a digital personal identification card, following Estonia’s example. The step was announced on 23 October, following a meeting between the Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, and the Japanese Finance Minister, Akira Amari, who visited Estonia to get acquainted with …

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