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.

Of European countries, only people from Finland and Latvia arriving in Estonia don’t have to self-isolate

Based on the novel coronavirus infection rate, starting from Monday, 5 October, of European countries, only people from Finland and Latvia arriving in Estonia don’t have to self-isolate for two weeks. The self-isolation requirement also doesn’t apply to people arriving from the Vatican, but realistically no one can come to …

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The Estonian Health Board recommends wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces

The Estonian Health Board is finally recommending wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces, while shopping or using a public transport, especially in the capital, Tallinn, and in Ida-Viru county. “The coming weeks are critical in getting the virus under control,” the Health Board said. “Wearing a mask isn’t mandatory …

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The Brandenburg Gate in the centre of the German capital, Berlin. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

Germany adds Estonia’s Ida-Viru County to its list of high-risk regions

Germany on 30 September added Estonia’s Ida-Viru County to its list of high-risk regions and requires people who have visited Ida-Virumaa in 14 days before arriving in Germany to take a mandatory coronavirus test and self-isolate while waiting for the result. According to the Estonian foreign ministry, current rules in …

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The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid. Photo from the president's Facebook page.

Estonia proposes president Kaljulaid as the next Secretary General of the OECD

Estonia has proposed the country’s current president, Kersti Kaljulaid, as the Estonian candidate for the position of the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. On 1 October, the Estonian ambassador to the OECD, Clyde Kull, handed over the president’s candidacy documents. She will give an overview …

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Former Estonian president joins prominent Facebook critics to form an independent oversight board

A former president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has joined a new initiative, founded by prominent critics of the social media platform, Facebook – a new independent oversight board whose goal is to analyse and critique Facebook’s content moderation decisions, policies and other platform issues in the run-up to the …

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Finland bans Estonian tourists due to the country’s coronavirus infection rate

Finland is banning tourists from Estonia, starting Monday, 28 September, due to Estonia’s coronavirus infection rate. The Finnish government decided that Estonians can only enter the country to return home, to go to work, for transiting through or for an emergency reason. For the purposes of tourism, Estonians can for …

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The US and Estonia sign an agreement for collaborative research in cyber defence

The United States Army and the Estonian ministry of defence signed an agreement on 14 September that will enable the two countries to conduct future collaborative science and technology efforts in cyber defence. The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center – a component of Army …

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Craig and Kirsty Stenzel taking a selfie with the Tallinn Old Town in the background. Photo from the couple's Instagram.

Two Britons have been stuck in Estonia for the past seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic

Two Britons who left the United Kingdom to tour the world got stuck in Estonia for the past seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic – and they say Estonia is the best place to be trapped in. The British tabloid, The Sun, reported that Craig and Kirsty Stenzel quit …

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US Black Hawk helicopters are to train in the Estonian airspace

Many US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters arrived in Ämari Air Base in Estonia on 13 September to take part in exercises around Ämari, the central training ground and around the town of Tapa in the following week. The main purpose of the helicopters is to train their cooperation with …

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People arriving in Estonia from 29 European countries will have to self-isolate for two weeks

Based on the coronavirus infection rate, starting from Monday, 14 September, people arriving in Estonia from 29 European countries will have to self-isolate for two weeks. These countries are: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, …

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