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.

Estonia’s Cleveron recognised as one of the fastest-growing tech companies in Central Europe

The Estonian company, Cleveron, that produces parcel robots, has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Technology Fast 50 Central Europe programme based on the revenue growth over four years. According to Cleveron, its sales revenue growth of 1,799% over the period of 2015-2018 secured the …

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An Estonian craft brewery opens a pop-up bar in Beijing

The Estonian craft brewery, Põhjala, has opened a pop-up bar in Beijing, the capital of China, for the period of two months, selling ten different beers from barrels; the selection changes constantly. Põhjala entered the world’s largest beer market in 2016 and the company is testing the market for further …

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Estonia has the second freest internet in the world – Freedom House

According to the Freedom House 2019 Freedom on the Net index, Estonia has the second freest internet in the world – after Iceland. Estonia scored 94 out of a hundred in this year’s Freedom on the Net index, maintaining its score from the last year. However, in the 2018 index, …

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Estonia and the US sign a memo on 5G security, exclude Chinese Huawei

The Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, and the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, on 31 October signed a memorandum between the two countries to strengthen their cooperation on 5G security and development, restricting the use of the Chinese mobile technology company Huawei’s products. “Considering that secure fifth …

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Estonian accordionist Tiit Kalluste presented an international merit award

The Estonian accordionist, Tiit Kalluste, has been presented an international merit award by the International Confederation of Accordionists. On 13 October, Kalluste played a concert with his quintet at the Jazzkaar jazz festival, held at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. At the end of the concert, the general secretary …

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The Estonian church near Gleason, WI, in the woods. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

Restoring an old Estonian church depends on volunteers and donations

In the middle of the US state of Wisconsin, in the outskirts of a town named Gleason, almost in the middle of nowhere, stands a piece of history: a small Estonian Lutheran church that has been there over a century; now, it’s in the process of restoration, but that takes …

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US institute recommends two-year conscription for the Baltic states

The Jamestown Foundation, a US-based institute for research and analysis, recommends the Baltic states introduce a two-year conscription to better defend themselves, among other suggestions. A recent research paper, titled “How to Defend the Baltic States”, written by Dr Richard D. Hooker, Jr, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at The Jamestown …

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Riina Kionka at her desk in Brussels. © European Union

Estonian Riina Kionka becomes the EU’s ambassador to South Africa

Estonian diplomat Riina Kionka has assumed her new post as the European Union’s ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Kionka presented her credentials to the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 October. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, appointed her to the post on 9 …

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Thirty-four movies produced in Estonia in 2018

Thirty-four full-length movies were produced in Estonia in 2018, of which 22 were distributed in the cinemas the same year, according to Estonia’s statistics agency. According to Statistics Estonia, 15 full-length feature films were produced last year, of which 12 were distributed in cinemas within the year. Four full-length feature …

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A Tallinn hospital starts using a robot that helps spine surgeons

The spine surgeons at the East Tallinn Central Hospital have started performing surgeries using a new robot that help them place implants and navigate the spine; the robot is the first of its kind in Northern Europe. “We performed our first surgery with the robot the same day as India,” …

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