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.

Pipedrive and TransferWise founders win at The Europas

The Estonian startup, Pipedrive, won the Best B2B Startup of the Year award and the founders of TransferWise, Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann, were honoured as the best startup founders at this year’s the Europas Conference and Awards for European Tech Startups. We’re very happy to have won Best B2B …

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Estonia ranks fifth in the global cybersecurity index

According to the recent global cybersecurity index of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Estonia is ranked fifth in the world. The ranking is shared with Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the UK. The US is ranked first and Canada second. The top three also includes Australia, Malaysia and …

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Estonia one of the most talent-ready countries in the world

According to the global graduate business school, INSEAD, Estonia is among the most talent-ready countries in the world. The second edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, created by INSEAD, in partnership with Singapore’s Human Capital Leadership Institute and Adecco, placed Estonia 19th in the index, just ahead of Japan …

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Estonia scores 17th in the World Bank Doing Business 2015 index

Estonia has come in 17th among the 189 countries listed in the World Bank’s recently published Doing Business 2015 index, scoring higher than its southern neighbours. Singapore continues to be the economy with the most business-friendly regulations, according to the index. New Zealand scored second and China’s special administrative region …

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TransferWise holds a parade in London to draw attention to transparent forex fees

The Estonian-founded, London-based money transfer startup, TransferWise, held a parade on 30 October in the City of London to draw attention to greater transparency in foreign exchange fees. The publicity stunt saw over a hundred “skeletons” marching through the City to what the company calls “mark the end of hidden …

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Estonian director Ilmar Raag’s “Kertu” among 50 best European films

Estonian film director and producer Ilmar Raag’s movie “Kertu” has been selected as one of the 50 best films this year, recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards, the so-called European Oscars. During a press conference in the Latvian capital of Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014, …

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Estonian-founded GrabCAD sold for around $100M to US-Israeli Stratasys Ltd

Estonian-founded, US-based startup GrabCAD has been acquired by the US-Israeli provider of 3D printing solutions, Stratasys Ltd, for around $100M. It is the second biggest startup exit for an Estonian startup and the biggest for Estonian seed investors. According to Stratasys, the acquisition is expected to enable the company to provide its customers with …

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The Red Army entering Estonia in October 1939, effectively occupying the country. Today's Russia behaves frighteningly similarly to the Soviet Union in the thirties.

Sten Hankewitz: Kidnapping of Estonian officer is political – as is everything related to Russia

On 5 September, operatives of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) illegally entered the territory of the Republic of Estonia, a member of NATO and the European Union, and kidnapped by force an officer of the Internal Security Service (ISS) of Estonia. The facts we know today tell us the …

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