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.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to organise a special flight from the UK

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on 23 December agreed on organising a special flight for those citizens of the Baltic states who urgently need to return to their homeland from the United Kingdom; regular flights from the UK to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be suspended at …

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Milrem's THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle is the centre of the system to be created for the iMUGS project. Photo by Milrem.

Estonia-led consortium to develop the European standard unmanned ground system

An Estonia-led consortium and the European Commission signed a grant agreement for an integrated modular unmanned ground system, or iMUGS, a project aimed at developing the European standard unmanned ground system. The leaders of the consortium, composed of several major European defence, communication and cybersecurity companies and high technology small …

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The Estonian government imposes additional restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

In order to control the epidemic spread of the novel coronavirus, the Estonian government is imposing restrictions concerning education, hobby education and sports throughout the country. In Ida-Viru County, restrictions apply to leisure, entertainment, cultural and accommodation services and all public events will be prohibited in the county. The government …

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Estonian-initiated EU:Africa hackathon receives 700 ideas from 93 countries

The EU:Africa hackathon, due to start on 10 December, has received around 700 ideas by 2,000 people from 93 countries. The hackathon aims to solve social and economic problems in Africa. All European Union countries are represented at the hackathon; in Africa, only a few countries are missing, the organisers …

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The Estonian e-Governance Academy to help Tonga with digital transformation

The Estonian e-Governance Academy has started three World Bank-financed projects in the Kingdom of Tonga to create conditions for the digital transformation of the country. The tasks are threefold: developing the e-government architecture framework, consultations on national cyber security, and providing advice on civil registration and national ID, the academy …

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

As it has been for weeks now, people arriving in Estonia from any European country will need to self-isolate for ten days to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the Estonian foreign ministry, the self-isolation requirement does not apply to people arriving in Estonia from a …

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Estonian hospitals are looking for volunteers to cope with the coronavirus surge

Many Estonian hospitals have run low of medical personnel due to the surge of the novel coronavirus cases and they’re looking for volunteers with medical training to step in. The Estonian Health Board even shared a cry for help from the North Estonia Medical Centre on Facebook, saying that “HOSPITALS …

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Estonia’s e-Governance Academy to lead digital transformation for Ukraine

In November 2020, the European Union launched the EU4DigitalUA project with the EU financial contribution of €25 million to support Ukrainian digital transformation and harmonisation with the EU Digital Single Market; the Estonian e-Governance Academy is to lead the implementation of the electronic governance and cybersecurity tasks of the project, …

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Three Estonian ministries had significant data breaches in November

According to the Estonian Information System Authority – also known by its Estonian acronym, RIA – three Estonian ministries reported cybersecurity incidents in November that resulted in significant breaches of personal data. The three ministries were the economy ministry, the foreign ministry and the social affairs ministry. “The affected ministries …

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