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.

Survey: Tallinn the 22nd best city for expats to work and live

According to a recent survey by InterNations, a global network with members in 420 cities, the Estonian capital, Tallinn, is the 22nd best city for expats to work and live. The Expat City Ranking 2021 places Tallinn at the 22nd place overall among 57 ranked cities, saying that Tallinn is …

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The Estonian Defence Forces’ mass exercise Siil 2022 to test the regional cooperation

The Estonian Defence Forces are conducting a mass exercise called Siil 2022 (Hedgehog 2022) from mid-May until the beginning of June next year that will test the military’s combat readiness and reaction capability in an international framework. According to the Defence Forces, about 16,000 military personnel will take part in …

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British soldier claims the Estonian cold gave him a stutter; demands compensation

A British soldier who was deployed in Estonia in 2017 claims the Estonian cold temperatures gave him a severe stutter; he’s now suing the British defence ministry and wants a whopping £860,000 (€1 million; US$1.1 million) in compensation. According to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, armoured vehicle engineer Chileshe …

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Tallinn to launch a “participation hub” in the city centre

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, is creating what it calls “a unique city centre engagement centre to facilitate the participation of citizens in the process of shaping the city”, the city government announced. “The participation hub will host discussion events and exhibitions introducing urban space solutions by Tallinn’s urban planners, architects, …

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NATO’s flagship cyber defence exercise kicks off in Estonia

Cyber Coalition 21, one of the world’s largest annual exercises in cyber defence, started on 29 November in Tallinn, Estonia; some 1,000 people will train in this year’s event – also remotely from national capitals and other locations. Cyber defenders from all NATO allies, as well as partners Finland, Ireland, …

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Estonia’s LHV bank offers its clients the opportunity to trade crypto

Estonia’s LHV bank has started to offer its clients the opportunity to trade in crypto assets, becoming the first bank in the country to do so. The bank’s clients can trade such crypto assets as Bitcoin, Ethereum or Chainlink in the LHV mobile app, the bank said in a statement. …

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The Vabamu museum opens an exhibition dedicated to Estonia’s freedom from the USSR

The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, has opened an exhibition titled “Why Estonia? 30 Years from the USSR to e-Estonia”, that looks back at the birth of the Estonian digital nation, its achievements over the years and what the future holds in store. The …

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Estonia to send 100 troops to Poland to help counter hybrid aggression

Estonia has decided to send about 100 Estonian Defense Forces troops to Poland in support of countering hybrid aggression. “Solidarity with our close ally Poland is crucial at this time to support its efforts to secure European Union borders against the ongoing hybrid attack of Belarusian regime,” the Estonian defence …

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Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking for photos of Estonia

Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has posted on social media that he’s looking for photos of and from Estonia for a new project he’s involved in. “Last call, Estonia. I’m still looking for a couple photos of Estonia for a new project,” Gordon-Levitt posted on his Facebook page back in May. …

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Estonia is one of the least corrupt countries in the world – index

According to the Global Corruption Index 2021, compiled by Global Risk Profile, a risk management company, Estonia is the sixth least corrupt country in the world. The fourth edition of the Global Corruption Index covers 196 countries and territories and “provides a comprehensive overview of the state of corruption around …

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