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.

EU’s data exchange channel to be based in Tallinn, Estonia

The Committee of Permanent Representatives at the Council of the European Union – also known as COREPER – has approved the Estonian capital, Tallinn, as the seat of the EU judicial cross-border data exchange channel e-CODEX. The data exchange channel is to be located at the EU’s IT agency, eu-LISA, …

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An Iranian military vessel enters the Estonian waters without permission

An Iranian military vessel, en route to St Petersburg, Russia, briefly entered the Estonian territorial waters on 23 July after 10 PM; the vessel’s crew didn’t inform the country’s authorities 48 hours ahead that it’s to enter the Estonian waters, therefore Estonia’s Police and Border Guard Board gave it the …

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The skyline of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, when approaching from the Gulf of Finland. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

People arriving in Estonia from seven European countries need to self-isolate

In the week of 19 July, people arriving in Estonia from seven European countries will need to self-isolate to curb the spread of the coronavirus and its strains; Estonia is also introducing new rules and categorisations of countries based on their infection rates. The Estonian government on 15 July decided …

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Estonian freedom fighter and politician Enn Tarto, who spent altogether 14 years in Soviet prison camps, died on 18 July at the age of 82. Photo by the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory.

Estonian freedom fighter Enn Tarto has died. He was 82

Estonian freedom fighter and politician Enn Tarto, who spent altogether 14 years in Soviet prison camps, died on 18 July at the age of 82. Tarto, who already from his early youth dedicated his life to restoring Estonia’s independence during the Soviet occupation, was sent to Soviet prison camps three …

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Estonia has a lot of untouched nature that definitely contributes to the quality of life of the country. Pictured, the Estonian seashore in the Lahemaa National Park. Photo by Ingrid Hankewitz.

Numbeo ranks Estonia 12th in the world for the quality of life

Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of statistics, has ranked Estonia 12th in the world for the quality of life in its mid-2021 index. Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of reported consumer prices, perceived crime rates, quality of health care and other statistics, has ranked 83 countries and territories for their …

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Two Estonian founders of Wise are now billionaires

Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus, the two Estonian founders of Wise, a money transfer company, are now billionaires after the company’s direct listing at the London Stock Exchange. Wise, formerly known as TransferWise, started trading at the London Stock Exchange on 7 July and after their first day of trading, …

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Foreigners arriving in Estonia from third countries must take a coronavirus test

The Estonian government decided on 7 July that foreigners from countries with a high risk of coronavirus infection outside of the European Union can only enter Estonia if they take a coronavirus test before arriving in the country and the result is negative. A coronavirus test must be taken before …

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People arriving in Estonia from five European countries need to self-isolate

In the week of 12 July, people arriving in Estonia from five European countries will need to self-isolate for ten days to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and its different strains. A ten-day self-isolation requirement applies on entering Estonia from a country in the European Union, the European …

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People arriving in Estonia from three European countries need to self-isolate

In the week of 5 July, people arriving in Estonia from three European countries need to self-isolate to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and its strains. A ten-day self-isolation requirement applies on entering Estonia from a country in the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Schengen …

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An Estonian company develops road marking robots

An Estonian company, called 10Lines, is producing autonomous robots that are used for parking lot and road marking, allowing operators to replace the existing manual process with an automated solution. The company says its “robots can complete line markings seven times faster than current processes, cutting out exhaustive measuring and …

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