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.

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A powerful Russian nuclear submarine spotted entering the Baltic Sea

A powerful Russian nuclear-powered submarine – an Oscar-II class, believed to be the Orel (K-266) – has been seen entering the Baltic Sea early on the morning of 9 July. According to a report in the Forbes magazine, the nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine entered the Baltic Sea under the Great …

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The UK loans Estonia four armoured vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali

The United Kingdom will loan the Estonian Special Forces deploying to Mali four Jackal armoured vehicles to equip them as they join the international fight against Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. The British minister for the armed forces, James Heappey, confirmed the loan, plus a three-week training …

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People arriving in Estonia from seven countries have to self-quarantine

As of 6 July, people arriving in Estonia from seven countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden, Romania and the Czech Republic – will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. Starting from 6 July, passengers travelling to Estonia from Austria, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania, …

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Silja Europe cruise ship. Photo by Pjotr Mahhonin, shared under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

The Finnish health authorities warn of the spread of the coronavirus onboard cruise ships

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – the country’s health board – is warning people of the spread of the novel coronavirus onboard cruise ships, including the ones that sail between the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The Finnish “health authorities know about several cases where …

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Estonia joins 26 other countries in a statement regarding Uyghurs and Hong Kong

Estonia has joined 26 other countries in a statement expressing concern with the treatment of Uyghurs by China and the situation of human rights in Hong Kong after China imposed new legislation on the special administrative region to crack down the opposition. The joint declaration, delivered in Geneva to the …

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President Kaljulaid gifts an Estonian-produced electric bike to the German head of state

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, has gifted an electric bicycle, manufactured by the Estonian-founded company, Ampler, to her German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Kaljulaid also visited Ampler’s showroom in Berlin, Germany, on 29 June, during her visit to the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Estonian embassy. “The visit …

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Estonian AI-based negotiation platform startup closes a USD3 million seed round

​Pactum​, an Estonian-founded AI-based platform that enables companies to automate personalised commercial negotiations, has announced the closing of a USD3 million seed financing round led by Berlin-based​ ​Project A​, a venture capital fund focused on innovative startups, with investments by ​DocuSign​ and other previous investors. “We’re happy to announce this …

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Agencies detect elevated radioactivity levels in the Baltic Sea region

Different agencies have detected unexplained elevated levels of radioactive isotopes around the Baltic Sea region. The Estonian Environmental Board said that its Harku radiation monitoring station detected very small amounts of cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 isotopes. An advisor at the radiation department of the Environmental Board, Teet Koitjärv said …

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