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.

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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Stanford University hosts a Baltic film series

This autumn, the history and culture of the Baltic countries will be celebrated at Stanford University through a series of film screenings, featuring movies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The series begins on 19 October with the screening of “Those who dare” (2015). The film outlines the Baltic nations’ struggle …

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Estonian game among the most downloaded Android applications in the world

The Estonian game developer, Creative Mobile, whose Drag Racing is among the most downloaded Android applications in the world, recently celebrated five years in business. Although not as much talked-about as some other Estonian startups – such as TransferWise or GrabCAD, for example – the Creative Mobile has achieved international recognition for …

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Conductor Paavo Järvi crowned “Artist of the Year”

Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi has been voted by the public as “Artist of the Year”, a title given at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards. The award, presented by the Gramophone classical music magazine since 1977, was announced at the Gramophone annual awards ceremony on 17 September in London. “One of the most …

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Estonian-founded Let’s Do It! World held in Afghanistan despite deadly attacks

Over 9,000 people took part in a waste clean-up action in Afghanistan recently. The cleanup action was organised in ten provinces, including Kabul, which witnessed three terrifying suicide attacks just a day before. “We had three deadly suicide attacks on 7 August in Kabul, the capital. More than 40 people …

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