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.

Over one fifth of Estonian residents live at risk of poverty

According to Estonia’s official statistics agency, 22.6% of the Estonian population lived at risk of poverty in 2017; the number increased compared with the previous year. According to Statistics Estonia, 295,000 Estonian residents lived at risk of poverty last year – a 1.6 percentage points increase compared with 2016. In …

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David Beckham buys an Estonian-made sauna to keep warm

The high-profile former English professional footballer, David “Golden Balls” Beckham, has instantly made igloo-style saunas manufactured by the Estonian company, Iglucraft, more well-known. The former soccer star bought the Estonian-made sauna for his mansion in the Cotswolds area of Oxfordshire, England. “Thank you to @iglucraft. I’m loving it with this …

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Estonian design showcased in France

The Marseille-based gallery, Kolektiv 318, and the Estonian Design House collaborate to showcase Estonian design at the Le Corbusier-designed Unité d’habitation in the second largest city of France.  Entitled “Estonian Modern”, the exhibition will be held at the Unité d’habitation in Marseille and will comprise of two exhibitions. “Luther & …

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Merry Treesmas: the Saaremaa Christmas tree to end up in tonic water

The Estonian town of Kuressaare in the island of Saaremaa will fully recycle its 55-foot Christmas tree this year – the tree will end up in locally made tonic water. After the spruce has served its two-month duty in the town’s central square, its needles and branches will end up …

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Estonia to boost education technology startups

The Estonian government is to support the education technology industry and invest in the implementation of new digital solutions in the country’s schools. Estonia’s ministry of education and research, the KredEx foundation and Startup Estonia have agreed to support startups in education technology industry with €300,000. In the next two …

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Ouando Market, in Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin. Photo by Babylas/Wikipedia, published under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

Estonia to export its digital solutions to Benin

The Republic of Benin in West Africa is to develop a data exchange platform based on the Estonian model. The Estonian e-Governance Academy and Benin’s National Information Systems and Services Agency have signed an agreement to design and implement the governmental interoperability framework for enhancing secure data exchange between government authorities and developing …

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Estonian entrepreneurs launch a substantial education fund to support innovation

Several Estonian entrepreneurs have launched the Good Deed Education Fund, with a goal to provide seed capital for innovative initiatives in Estonian education; the fund plans to contribute €1 million to impactful educational initiatives. The fund is led by the Good Deed Foundation that has a long-term experience in launching …

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Estonian movie “The Little Comrade” wins the best feature film award at the UK Film Festival

The Estonian movie about Stalinist tyranny, “Seltsimees Laps” (“The Little Comrade”), was crowned the best feature film at the UK Film Festival 2018 in London. The movie is based on the autobiographical novel written by the renowned Estonian writer, Leelo Tungal, and tells the story of the six-year-old Leelo, whose …

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