Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. 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.

Estonian-founded Pipedrive in Forbes Cloud 100 list

The Estonian-founded company, Pipedrive, is listed 77th in the Forbes magazine’s Cloud 100 list – what the magazine calls “tech’s hottest category”. “Tech’s hottest category is transforming how we communicate, collaborate at work and protect our identities in the digital age. For the fourth consecutive year, the Forbes Cloud 100, …

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Estonia, together with 17 allies, participates in the Northern Coasts military exercise

Estonia, alongside with 17 NATO allies, is participating in the Northern Coasts military exercise; around 3,000 troops and over 40 vessels are taking part in the drill. The annual Northern Coasts naval exercise started on 3 September in Copenhagen harbour. The exercise is taking place near the Danish straights connecting …

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Estonian foreign ministry to set up a cyber diplomacy department

The Estonian foreign ministry is to set up a new department for cyber diplomacy that will allow the country to participate “more efficiently in global discussions on the subject”, as the foreign minister put it. The creation of the new department was endorsed by the Estonian government on 12 September. …

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A new Estonian startup launches an AI tool for commercial negotiations

A new Estonian startup, Pactum, has launched an artificial intelligence tool for commercial negotiations – namely, a system that helps companies autonomously offer personalised, commercial negotiations. According to the company, referencing research by KPMG, inefficient contracting has been estimated to cause firms to lose between 17% to 40% of the …

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Estonia takes part in two UN working groups for cyber stability

Estonia is this autumn participating in two UN working groups for cyber stability – the UN open-ended working group and the UN group of governmental experts. On 9 September, the open-ended working group held its first meeting in New York; Estonia was represented by the ambassador at large for cyber …

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Estonian court sentences a Russian spy to five years in jail

The Harju County district court in Estonia has sentenced a Russian citizen, convicted of spying for Russia, to five years in prison and confiscated €1,300 that the man gained as profit for his crime. The man, identified only as A.A., was captured by the Estonian Security Police on 5 May …

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Estonia’s hard-line interior minister wants to unilaterally revoke visa freedom to Ukrainians

The hard-line interior minister of Estonia, the chairman of the populist Estonian Conservative People’s Party, Mart Helme, wants to unilaterally revoke visa freedom to Ukrainians, citing an “immigration pressure from the East, especially Ukraine”. The far-right politician told a website closely affiliated with his party that regarding Estonia, “considering our …

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The Czech Air Force is, for the first time, to guard the Estonian air space

For the first time, the Czech Air Force is to guard the Estonian air space as part of the Baltic Air Policing Mission, taking over from the United Kingdom. The Czech airmen arrived at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia on 2 September with their JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets. The …

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The last Soviet/Russian troops left Estonia 25 years ago

31 August marks 25 years since the last Soviet – or Russian, as the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991 – troops left Estonia, marking the completion of the restoration of independence of the country following the Soviet occupation. When the Soviet Union occupied Estonia in June 1940, …

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