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.

Estonian scientists create a drone solution to help victims of terrorist attacks

Estonian researchers from Tallinn University of Technology completed a NATO-funded project to create an innovative solution for rescuing victims of terrorist attacks and protecting critical infrastructure with drones that will replace communications equipment damaged by the attack. According to Muhammad Mahtab Alam, a professor at TalTech’s Thomas Johann Seebeck Department …

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Estonia has the most competitive tax system among the OECD countries – report

According to the 2021 International Tax Competitiveness Index, compiled by the Tax Foundation, an American think tank, Estonia has the most competitive tax system among the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Estonia ranks first overall on the 2021 International Tax Competitiveness Index, the same as in …

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Estonia is the world’s fastest-growing nation brand – report

According to a report by BrandFinance, a directory of brand values and company profiles, Estonia is the world’s fastest-growing nation brand. The company’s report, Nation Brands 2021, that BrandFinance calls “the annual report on the most valuable and strongest nation brands”, says Estonia recorded a 38-per cent brand value growth …

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Estonian-founded sustainable fintech company launches its investment platform

Estonian-founded sustainable fintech company Grünfin has launched an investment platform focused on value-based investments, giving European consumers easy access to what it calls “green savings that promise a greater impact on their carbon footprint than many other eco-conscious lifestyle choices combined”. Founded by two women, Karin Nemec and Triin Hertmann, …

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Home prices in Estonia have more than doubled in the last ten years

Both house prices and rental costs have more than doubled in Estonia over the last ten years, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency. House prices in Estonia have grown by 133% between 2010 and the second quarter of 2021, making the increase the highest in the entire European …

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Estonia ranked 11th out of 139 countries on rule of law, rising one position

According to the Rule of Law index 2021, compiled by the World Justice Project, Estonia is ranked 11th among 139 countries or jurisdictions, having jumped one position compared with the previous year’s index. Estonia’s overall rule of law score decreased by less than 1% in this year’s Index. At 11th …

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Estonia ranked among the world’s top startup ecosystems

Estonia has been ranked sixth among the world’s emerging startup ecosystems in the recently published Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, one of the world’s most comprehensive and widely-read researches on startups. The report, covering 275 startup ecosystems from around the world, has highlighted Estonia’s market reach as its strongest feature. …

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Estonia to buy missile systems for coastal defence

Estonia has signed a contract with a joint venture to purchase missile systems for developing the country’s coastal defence capabilities. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment signed the contract with Proteus Advanced Systems, which is a joint venture company of Israel Aerospace Industries and ST Engineering Land Systems, a Singaporean …

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Estonia’s 25 most valuable tech companies valued at almost €21 billion

According to the first ranking of Estonian technology companies, compiled by Prudentia Advisory, Siena Secondary Fund and the Estonian Founders Society, the total value of Estonia’s 25 most valuable tech firms is almost €21 billion and the three biggest of them are Wise, Bolt and Pipedrive. The ranking that, going …

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