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.

Only people arriving in Estonia from one European country don’t need to self-isolate

Starting from Monday, 26 October, only people arriving in Estonia from one European country – Norway – don’t need to self-isolate for two weeks. The mandatory self-isolation does not apply to passengers arriving in Estonia from a country of the European Union and the European Economic Area, the Schengen area …

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Estonian students create a cordless desk lamp made from surplus furniture

A company established by Estonian high school students has created a portable and sustainable battery-powered wooden desk lamp that is made from furniture factory surplus oak wood. “Design lamps can be seen nearly everywhere, as well as ones made of wood. Even wireless lamps are becoming more and more common. …

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A member of the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s board calls TV hosts “sodomites”

Urmas Reitelmann, the chairman of the far-right EKRE party’s council and a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian Public Broadcasting has in a social media post called two TV hosts “sodomites”; politicians and the chairman of the supervisory board call for his resignation. Urmas Reitelmann, a member of …

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Estonia supports development cooperation projects in Belarus with €500,000

The Estonian foreign ministry has opened a call for proposals for funding development cooperation projects with the aim of supporting the civil society in Belarus; in total, €500,000 has been earmarked for the projects. The call for proposals aims to assist and strengthen the civil society in Belarus. Applications for …

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Estonia drops below the OECD average in its Digital Government Index 2019

Estonia – often touted, mostly by itself, as a world-leading e-state – has fallen below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average in the organisation’s Digital Government Index 2019; this drop in the index has irritated some of the former Estonian leaders who hold the current government accountable. The …

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Estonia and the US sign an agreement to support partnerships in research and innovation

Estonia and the United States have signed a science and technology agreement that will support future partnerships in research and innovation. The United States’ undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, Keith Krach, and the Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, signed the agreement in Tallinn on 19 …

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Estonia and the US boost digital transformation in development cooperation

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, and Bonnie Glick, the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development on 21 October signed a joint declaration in Tallinn on enhancing bilateral cooperation on the digital transformation in development cooperation partner countries. According to the joint statement, Estonia and the US …

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Joe Biden on Estonia and the Baltics: Russia, don’t bully a NATO member

The US Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has published a document on his vision on the US relations with Estonia and the Baltics, saying he will send a strong message to Russia: don’t bully a NATO member. “As President, Joe Biden will send a strong message to Russia: don’t bully …

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Estonia helps organise a hackathon to seek solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa

Estonia and the African Union, in cooperation with Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Poland, are organising an online hackathon to seek solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa that have been amplified by the novel coronavirus crisis. The EU-Africa hackathon, arranged with partners from Garage48, an Estonian startup organisation, and Smart Africa, …

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University study: the Gulf of Finland has oxygen-deprived dead zones

According to the initial data of a study by Tallinn University of Technology, not only has the Gulf of Finland the so-called dead zones due to oxygen deficiency, but these have expanded. The TalTech study that started at the beginning of October aimed to analyse the oxygen levels of the …

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