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.

An Estonian startup to start producing oxygen on Mars

An Estonian technology startup, called UP Catalyst, has received €50,000 of seed money from the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre to boost its oxygen production on Mars. The startup, founded in 2019, will use the seed money for business and product development to boost its “novel way of oxygen …

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The Estonian population grows – because of immigration

Estonia again experienced more deaths than births in 2020 and its population decreased by 2,602 people due to negative natural increase; however, positive net migration helped grow the population as 3,782 people moved to the country, according to Statistics Estonia, the country’s official statistics agency. As of 1 January 2021, …

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Estonia to start vaccinating all adults against COVID-19 on 17 May

Estonia is opening vaccination centres on Monday, 17 May, and will start vaccinating all adults – including foreign nationals – against COVID-19. The organisers of the vaccination efforts ask people to be patient – to alleviate the appointment load, the Estonian digital register will start accepting appointments from people 40 …

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People arriving in Estonia from ten European countries don’t have to self-isolate

In the week of 10 May, people arriving in Estonia from ten European countries don’t need to self-isolate. The self-isolation requirement doesn’t apply to people arriving from a country with an infection rate below 150 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days. For the week of 10 May, these …

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Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, where in 1989, student-led protests were violently crushed by the Chinese government. Several hundreds to several thousands of people were killed. Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash.

China is asking Estonian opinion leaders to be more favourable towards its policies

The Chinese embassy in Tallinn has sent an email to many Estonian opinion leaders, asking them to be more favourable towards its policies. In the email, the “political section” of the Chinese embassy, as the signature says, notes that the “world, including Estonia, is becoming more and more interested in …

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Estonian study: Cannabis tends to affect the mental health of ever younger people

Recreational use of cannabis is increasing worldwide, including in Estonia; a study by medical researchers of the University of Tartu shows that the first use of cannabis in Estonia is taking place in increasingly younger age groups – more and more people try cannabis before the age of 16, and …

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Estonia opens new e-resident ID-card collection points in four countries

The Estonian e-residency programme is opening ID-card collection points in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore and Thailand to accommodate for the increase in the e-residency applicants. According to the e-residency programme, the new locations are meeting rising demands from local entrepreneurs that are seeking to scale their businesses internationally and expand …

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An Estonian donation website helps support those suffering from the COVID crisis

An Estonian donation environment, called “I Love to Help”, has reopened a special donations campaign to support organisations focused on mitigating the effects of the novel coronavirus crisis. People in Estonia, like in the rest of the world, have been fighting the spread of the coronavirus for more than a …

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Estonia jumps in the world talent ranking from 27 to 19

According to the World Talent Ranking index, compiled by a Swiss business school, Estonia has jumped from the 27th place in the previous ranking to 19th in the 2020 report. The World Talent Ranking, compiled by the International Institute for Management Development, a business education school located in Lausanne, Switzerland, …

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