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.

Estonian expats in Canada plan to build a community centre in Toronto

Estonian expat organisations in Canada have decided to buy a parking lot in Toronto, Ontario, to build an Estonian community and cultural centre in the city. The project was initiated by the Estonian House in Toronto, the Estonian Credit Union, the Estonian Foundation of Canada and Tartu College, who entered …

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Estonian startup Lingvist partners with a Taiwanese company

Estonian language learning startup Lingvist has partnered with a Taiwanese e-commerce provider, PChome, aiming to deliver a new type of learning technology to Mandarin speakers learning English. Lingvist is a language learning tool that uses artificial intelligence to drive the learning process. The programme adapts to the skills and knowledge …

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RAF Typhoon fighter intercepting a Russian aircraft. Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

UK general: NATO needs “a grand strategy” to counter Russia

General Adrian Bradshaw, the United Kingdom’s most senior NATO commander and the alliance’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, has called on NATO to come up with “a grand strategy” to counter the threat Russia poses. Bradshaw told the BBC that much of Russia’s aggressive behaviour was about the country’s president …

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Singapore to implement a digital identity programme inspired by Estonia

The nation of Singapore is planning to implement a digital identity programme that is inspired by the one in Estonia. The aim of the programme is to revamp its current national IDs, potentially allowing citizens simpler access to government services, financial transactions, and more. According to the country’s prime minister …

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Estonian children connect their homeland with family, home and the flag

Estonian children all over the world, of the ages from seven to twelve, connect their homeland mostly with family, home and the country’s national flag, emerged from the first results of a survey conducted within the framework of the Children and Youth Year of Culture. The kids also associate Estonia …

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First batch of Estonian startup visa applications get a green light

Within the first month after the launch of the Estonian startup visa programme, the country received over 50 applications from more than 10 countries; out of these applications, 14 received a positive evaluation. Under the startup visa programme, initiated by the local startup community and the country’s ministry of the …

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TransferWise integrates its money transfer system with Facebook Messenger

The Estonian-founded money transfer startup, TransferWise, has integrated its system with Facebook Messenger, a popular chatting application. This enables TransferWise customers to send money and set up rate alerts without leaving the Messenger application. The TransferWise Bot, as the Messenger add-on is called, guides clients through the transfers and it …

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Estonia sixth in the world by economic freedom, second in Europe

Estonia is ranked sixth in this year’s Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom, and second in Europe. According to the country overview in the index, Estonia’s economy continues to benefit from government policies that sustain a high level of economic freedom. “The rule of law …

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Estonian startups attract €102.5 million in investments in 2016

Estonian startups attracted €102.5 million in investments in 2016 with the average deal size of €2.5 million, according to the statistics compiled by Startup Estonia. 2016 was a record year for the country’s startups in terms of attracting investments, even though by Christmas, it looked like 2016 would be a …

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Estonia one of two European NATO members to reach the 2% defence spending target

In 2016, Estonia and Greece were the only NATO members in the European Union to reach the two per cent defence spending target, all other alliance members fell short of the goal. According to the UK-based think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Greece spent 2.4% and Estonia 2.2% …

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