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.

A British think tank ranks Estonia’s prosperity 21st highest in the world

The Legatum Institute, a British think tank, ranks Estonia’s prosperity 21st in the world among 167 ranked countries. According to the think tank, Estonia performs highly in the natural environment and the economic quality categories of the index, but is the weakest in the health category. However, the institute says …

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The Estonian internal security: Russian espionage a permanent threat, China interested in Estonia

According to the 2020-2021 annual review by the Estonian Internal Security Service – colloquially known as kapo – Russian espionage against the country remained a continuous and permanent threat even during the coronavirus pandemic, although the spying is now done more in the cyberspace; Estonia is also facing the danger …

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Estonian and Russian foreign ministers discuss relations over a phone call

On 9 April, the Estonian foreign minister Eva-Maria Liimets spoke on the phone with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov; the ministers discussed bilateral relations and the international situation. “Estonia and Russia are neighbours and neighbours need to talk. Despite the fact that we have disagreements and our views on many …

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

In the week of 12 April, people arriving in Estonia from four European countries don’t need to self-isolate to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. These countries are Denmark, Finland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. A 10-day self-isolation requirement applies on entering Estonia from a country in the European …

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Estonia launches a national testbed for moonshot ideas

Estonia is bringing public and private partners together to test moonshot ideas that tackle complex problems the society is facing; a national testbed, called Accelerate Estonia, is an opportunity to experiment, validate and develop solutions that have strong value to the global economic space.  Accelerate Estonia is a national platform …

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The US COVID-19 vaccination card where the administering pharmacist or other medical professional handwrites the vaccination record.

Estonia recognises US COVID-19 vaccination cards, most others

The Estonian social ministry has confirmed to Estonian World that the country does recognise the handwritten US coronavirus vaccination cards as proof of inoculation that will waive the travellers’ obligation to self-isolate; Estonia also recognises most other vaccination records. People who have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in the …

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A spray created in Estonia may help prevent the coronavirus infection

In cooperation between Estonian companies, the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences, technology has been developed for producing nasal and throat spray based on antibodies against the novel coronavirus – and initial studies have shown it may help prevent infection. According to Mart Ustav, a professor …

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Two Estonian companies open a cleantech demo centre in Tallinn

Two Estonian companies – Cleantech ForEst and Sunly – have created a demonstration centre for promoting Estonian sustainable technology. The establishment – called the Estonian Cleantech Demo Centre – provides a space where cleantech startups, their products and services can be exhibited and introduced, according to a statement by the companies.  More than …

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People arriving in Estonia from only five European countries don’t need to isolate

Between 5 and 11 April, people arriving in Estonia from only five European countries don’t need to self-isolate. The self-isolation requirement does not apply to people arriving from a country with a coronavirus infection rate below 150 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days. For the week of 5 …

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A newly-founded EU “unicorns’ group” includes two Estonian companies

A newly-founded European Union “unicorns’ group” includes two Estonian companies – the already unicorn rideshare company Bolt, and Skeleton Technologies, an ultracapacitor producer that is expected to become a unicorn. The EU commissioner for innovation, research, education, culture and media, Mariya Gabriel, invited over 30 founders and CEOs of European …

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