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.

The Estonian Air Force celebrates its 100th anniversary with an F-35 flypast

The Estonian Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary on 13 July with an air show that featured a flypast by a United States Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The Estonian Air Force opened the doors of the Ämari Air Base to everyone on 13 July and put …

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The Estonian sailboat, Admiral Bellingshausen, about to set sail to Antarctica. Photo by the Estonian Maritime Museum.

An Estonian sailboat is sailing to Antarctica to celebrate its discovery

On 11 July, the Estonian sailboat, Admiral Bellingshausen, set sail from Kronstadt, St Petersburg, Russia, to Antarctica to celebrate 200 years from the discovery of the continent by the Russian admiral, Fabial Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who was born in the Estonian island of Saaremaa. The more than six-month long popular …

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The UK embarks a Challenger 2 battle tank during an exercise in Estonia

The British Army and the Royal Marines embarked a Challenger 2 main battle tank from an Estonian beach onto HMS Albion as part of a military exercise. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, the embarkment took place during the Baltic Protector exercise that was held from 24 May to 9 July …

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Estonian customer service startup raises USD1.9 million to expand its marketing

Klaus, an Estonian company that produces a conversation review and quality assurance platform for customer service teams, closed a USD1.9 million seed round, saying the investment is aimed at doubling development power and expanding marketing efforts. The investment was led by Creandum, a European venture capital firm, with participation from …

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Reporters Without Borders express concern about Estonia’s largest daily, Postimees

Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that conducts political advocacy on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press, has expressed concern about the largest newspaper in Estonia, Postimees, and calls the newspaper’s owner to respect the editorial independence of the daily. “Reporters Without Borders calls on …

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The Midsummer bonfire at the Chicago Estonian House.

Video and gallery: Chicagoland Estonians celebrate Midsummer Day

The Chicagoland Estonians on 22 June gathered at the Chicago Estonian House in Riverwoods, IL, to celebrate Midsummer Day in a proper Estonian way with potato salad and shashlik and lots of folk music and dancing. Hundreds of Estonians and their descendants – from babies to seniors – gathered on …

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Estonian Chernobyl veteran: We spent six months in a radiation level 22 times higher than oral X-ray

The recently-aired HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl”, told the world in graphic detail what really happened in the worst nuclear catastrophe the human kind has ever faced; Estonian World brings you the first-hand account of an Estonian Chernobyl veteran who was forced by the Soviet authorities into the disaster zone to help …

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Estonian-founded, London-based insurance startup Zego raises USD42 million

The Estonian-founded, London-based insurance startup, Zego, raised USD42 million in an investment round to fund the company’s European expansion. The proceeds of the round will be used to fuel Zego’s expansion across Europe and double its workforce, the company said in a statement. The Series B investment was led by …

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Annelinn, Tartu. Old family photo albums mostly have pictures of birthdays, weddings and funerals. People are stiff, looking into the camera. Everyday domestic life is a rare find. My photo stack is pretty much the opposite. So here’s one family photo as it’s supposed to be.

UNICEF: Estonia one of the most family-friendly countries in the EU and OECD

Estonia is one of the most family-friendly countries in the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to a new report by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data, …

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The Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre welcomes four new members

The Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) has welcomed four new members – Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway and Romania; the centre now has 25 member countries, becoming the biggest among 25 NATO-accredited centres of excellence. “In eleven years, we have grown from seven founding members to the …

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