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 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.

UPDATED: Estonia to open its borders to passengers arriving from 24 countries without the quarantine requirement

Estonia is on 1 June opening its borders to the passengers arriving from European countries –  the country will admit people with no coronavirus symptoms arriving from the European Union, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom; asymptomatic passengers arriving from 24 European countries will not need to stay in quarantine. …

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A youth exchange programme brings together 30 youngsters with an Estonian background

The annual youth exchange programme, “Back to our roots”, aims to bring together 30 youngsters with an Estonian background, 20 from abroad and 10 from Estonia, with the aim of introducing the Estonian language and culture to the participants. This year, there will be two exchanges, one from 21 August …

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The West Coast Estonian Days to take place near Seattle in July 2021

The next West Coast Estonian Days are due to take place in Suquamish, WA, near Seattle, from 16-18 July 2021; the festival of singing, dancing and reconnecting has been held since 1953. The 2021 West Coast Estonian Days will be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Resort and Casino, located on …

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Drones support Estonian emergency services during pandemic

The Estonian Air Navigation Services, the country’s air traffic controller, has teamed up with two companies to support the Estonian emergency services with drones during the coronavirus pandemic. The air traffic controller teamed up with the Estonian unmanned aerial systems manufacturer, Threod Systems, and Frequentis, an Austrian information systems developer, …

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Sten Hankewitz: Estonia should force people to wear face coverings when distancing is impossible

Sten Hankewitz, the executive editor of Estonian World, writes that the Estonian government should have ordered the people to wear masks in places where they can’t socially distance as covering one’s face is one of the best ways to help slow the novel coronavirus; now, the grocery stores and shopping …

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Estonia’s foreign policy objectives: the preservation of the Estonian people, language and culture

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, on 19 May presented his ministry’s foreign policy strategy at the parliament; according to the document, the country’s foreign policy objectives are “the preservation of the Estonian people, the Estonian language and the Estonian culture through the ages”. The document Reinsalu presented covers the …

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Estonia eases some restrictions after the end of the emergency; keeps others in effect

The Estonian government has eased some of the coronavirus emergency restrictions and is keeping some of them in effect; the government approved the measures on the last day of the emergency situation, 17 May, when it still had the emergency situation powers. The government approved the order to continue to …

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UPDATED: Estonia bans flying to seven countries with high coronavirus infection risk

The Estonian minister of economy, Taavi Aas, on 17 May signed an order, banning flights to and from Estonia with seven countries – the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Belarus and Russia – where there’s a high risk of being infected with the novel coronavirus; however, the ban has …

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