Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and the Executive Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in the New Hampshire Seacoast. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.

The Estonian e-residency programme makes a €15 million profit

The Estonian e-residency programme in 2020 made what it says was a record-breaking return, earning a revenue of €19.7 million with costs amounting to €4.85 million – therefore making the programme’s profit €14.85 million. “The profit made last year is thus far the largest in the programme’s history, bringing in …

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Estonian prime minister meets president Biden at the NATO summit

The Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas, on 14 June met with the new US president, Joe Biden, at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium; the US head of state affirmed strong support for Estonia. Kallas met with Biden together with the Latvian president, Egils Levits, and the Lithuanian president, Gitanas …

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Over half of Estonians consider same-sex attraction acceptable

For the first time in the last ten years, more than half of Estonians consider same-sex attraction acceptable, according to a recent survey on the attitudes towards LGBT topics in Estonia. The Estonian Human Rights Centre has conducted five public opinion surveys in the last ten years, and the latest, …

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People arriving in Estonia from ten European countries need to self-isolate

In the week of 14 June, people arriving in Estonia from ten European countries need to self-isolate to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. A 10-day self-isolation requirement applies on entering Estonia from a country in the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Schengen area with an …

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Researchers look for young Estonians abroad to take photos and film their everyday environment

Researchers from the University of Tartu are inviting people from Estonia under the age of 40 to document their everyday environment of their life abroad; the material will be used in a research project, “Young Estonians Abroad”, that studies the migration and residential preferences among young Estonians. The aim of …

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Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking for photos of Estonia

Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has posted on social media that he’s looking for photos of and from Estonia for a new project he’s involved in. “Last call, Estonia. I’m still looking for a couple photos of Estonia for a new project,” Gordon-Levitt posted on his Facebook page on 29 May. …

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Racist Estonian online groups depict black people with a noose around their neck

In the Estonian internet space, new racist groups emerge every day where people post secretly taken photos of people of other skin colour than white; some photos have been photoshopped to depict a noose around a person’s neck; the Estonian police has not taken any action. According to Reporter, the …

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The European Council calls upon all airlines to avoid flying over Belarus

After the state-sponsored act of terrorism on 23 May in Belarus where the country’s dictatorship deceived a commercial aircraft to land in Minsk and kidnapped a Belarusian journalist, the European Council – of which Estonia is a member of – the day after called on all European Union-based airlines to …

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