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.

Metsatöll performing live in Chicago on 23 September 2019. From the left: Raivo Piirsalu, Markus Teeäär, Lauri Õunapuu. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

Estonian heavy-metal band Metsatöll’s North American tour – “So perfect that it was scary”

It’s not very common that Estonian musicians and bands tour in the United States, less so that they perform in 24 North American cities and towns in both the US and Canada; the Estonian heavy-metal band, Metsatöll, did just that in September – starting in Detroit and finishing in Chicago. …

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Samsung to support an Estonian prototyping fund

The global technology company, Samsung, has entered into a partnership with Prototron, an Estonian fund for prototyping; in each round, the Korean company will donate €10,000 for technology-based ideas and also support testing opportunities, clients and investors. “Getting onboard among other supporters shows that a big and international company as …

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Urmas Reitelmann. Photo: Facebook

Estonia sends an overt racist to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Estonia has chosen Urmas Reitelmann, a member of the far-right Estonian Conservative People’s Party and an overt racist, as its representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Reitelmann is known in Estonia for his outspoken racist statements; for example, he has called the people seeking refuge in …

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Estonia’s FM to discuss security issues with SecState Pompeo

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, is to meet the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on 8 October and discuss security and defence issues with him in Washington, DC. The two colleagues will also discuss the Three Seas Initiative, which, also known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea Initiative, …

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Estonia has the most competitive tax system in the OECD – for the sixth year in a row

According to the Tax Foundation, Estonia has the most competitive tax system in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – a ranking the country has held for the last six years. The Tax Foundation’s 2019 International Tax Competitiveness Index points out that Estonia ranks first overall, the same as …

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Ireland is joining the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Ireland has decided to join the Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence; the Irish ambassador to the country, Frances Kiernan, visited the centre on 3 October to submit the letter of intent and start the accession process. “With its strong digital economy and society, we believe Ireland …

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Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona, in March 2016. Courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia

Trump to nominate William Grayson as the US ambassador to Estonia

The US president, Donald Trump, announced on 30 September his intent to nominate William E. Grayson as the American ambassador to Estonia. According to the White House press release, William Ellison Grayson currently works as the national director of the Family Offices of Bernstein Private Wealth Management in San Francisco, …

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The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre opens a new concert and performance centre

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has opened a concert and performance centre that features a concert hall accommodating 482 people, a black box theatre with 130 seats for actors and jazz musicians, and 21 new classrooms. The building, which cost approximately €12 …

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Burger King fast-food joints to open in Estonia

The global fast-food company, Burger King, has reached a franchise agreement with the Estonian company, Tallink, to open its eateries in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which are among the few countries in Europe that so far don’t have any Burger King joints. The Estonian shipping company, Tallink, which launched the …

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Estonian-inspired World Cleanup Day brings together 20 million people cleaning their countries

This year’s World Cleanup Day – an Estonian-born initiative that has spread around the world – brought together 20 million people in 179 countries and territories to clean up their beaches, streets, forests and parks in a global effort to clean up waste from public spaces and nature. The World …

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