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.

Estonia ranks second in the world in internet freedom

According to the 2021 Freedom on the Net report, compiled by Freedom House, a US-based think tank, Estonia ranks second in the world in internet freedom after Iceland; despite Estonia’s high ranking, the report highlights aspects that warrant special attention. For the third year in a row, Iceland was ranked …

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An Estonian FUBAR: How an Afghan student lost his place in university because of the Taliban – and Estonian inflexibility

An Afghan citizen was accepted to Tallinn University in November 2020 to study at the School of Natural Sciences and Health; now, when the 2021 schoolyear began, he got stuck in India and couldn’t make it to Tallinn in time because of the Taliban takeover of his country – and …

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Estonia has the 22nd fastest internet in the world – study

Despite Estonia touting its own horn about having a digital state and everything’s online, it’s lagging behind 21 countries in terms of the average internet speed – according to a recent analysis by a British comparison website, Estonia’s average internet speed is just 84.72 Mbps, placing the country 22nd in …

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The Chicago Bears sign Estonian Margus Hunt to their practice squad

The Chicago Bears, a football team in the National Football League in the US, has signed Estonian defensive tackle Margus Hunt to their practice squad. The Bears announced the move on Twitter on 8 September. Hunt was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in the pre-season, but was cut after the …

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Estonians in Canada present former PM Mulroney with the Award of Merit

On the 30th anniversary of Canada’s reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Estonia, the Estonian Central Council in Canada presented the country’s former prime minister, Brian Mulroney, with its Award of Merit for service to the Estonian community in Canada. According to the Estonian Central Council in Canada, …

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Sten Hankewitz: An end of an era: the Afghanistan war is over, at a tremendous cost and no result

30 August 2021 marks the day when America’s longest war, the war in Afghanistan, ended after the last US troops left the country; it’s an end of an era for both the US and its allies – including Estonia – who fought in the war that cost so much to …

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The growth in the Estonians’ life expectancy has slowed, but people live longer healthy lives

The growth in the Estonian people’s life expectancy slowed down in 2020, compared with the preceding years; however, people now live a longer healthy life than before. According to Statistics Estonia, the country’s statistics agency, in 2020, life expectancy at birth for the inhabitants of Estonia was 78.8 years. Male …

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A US agency adds Estonia to the “very high” COVID-19 transmission risk countries’ list

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, known as the CDC, has added Estonia to the list of countries where the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus is “very high” – the most dangerous designation by the agency. The CDC added seven countries to the “Level 4” list …

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Estonia’s average salary grows 7.3% in Q2 2021

According to Statistics Estonia, the country’s statistics agency, in the second quarter of 2021, the average monthly gross wages and salaries in Estonia were €1,538, which is 7.3% higher than the year before. Gross wages and salaries were the highest in Harju and Tartu counties, and in the information and …

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