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Estonian town Viljandi is designated as a “creative city” by UNESCO

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has designated 66 new “creative cities” around the world; among them is the sixth largest town in Estonia, Viljandi. The Paris-based organisation said in a statement that as “laboratories of ideas and innovative practices”, the UNESCO Creative Cities “bring a tangible …

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The Estonian church near Gleason, WI, in the woods. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

Restoring an old Estonian church depends on volunteers and donations

In the middle of the US state of Wisconsin, in the outskirts of a town named Gleason, almost in the middle of nowhere, stands a piece of history: a small Estonian Lutheran church that has been there over a century; now, it’s in the process of restoration, but that takes …

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Riina Kionka at her desk in Brussels. © European Union

Estonian Riina Kionka becomes the EU’s ambassador to South Africa

Estonian diplomat Riina Kionka has assumed her new post as the European Union’s ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Kionka presented her credentials to the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 October. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, appointed her to the post on 9 …

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Estonishing Evenings LIVE: How to survive in Estonia as a man?

The Estonishing Evenings event series, supported by Estonian World, continued in Tallinn on 28 October, this time taking a closer look into the lives of Estonian men, and other men who live in Estonia. Organised in partnership with Estonian World and the Telliskivi Creative City, the Estonishing Evenings series runs English-speaking events …

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Ott Tänak becomes the first Estonian WRC champion

Rally driver Ott Tänak, driving for Toyota, has become the first Estonian to win the World Rally Championship, after successfully completing the Rally de Catalunya in Spain. Having won Rally Sweden, Rally Chile, Rally de Portugal, Rally Finland, ADAC Rallye Deutschland and Wales Rally GB earlier in the year, Ott …

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Inspire’d Stage to be launched in Tallinn

A UK platform for inspirational and transformational talks, called Inspire’d Stage, makes its Estonian debut at Tallinn’s central artists’ bar, the KuKu Club. Inspire’d Stage, a British-initiated monthly night of personal leadership talks that has been featured in Psychologies Magazine and The Sunday Times as a vehicle for creating meaningful …

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Estonian World joins Project Syndicate

Estonian World has become Estonia’s first English-language publication to join Project Syndicate – an influential international media network that comprises nearly 500 outlets, including the Guardian, El País and Le Monde, in more than 150 countries. Project Syndicate, described as “the world’s smartest op-ed page”, publishes and syndicates commentary and …

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Up to 5,000 global citizens to convene in Tallinn to tackle sustainability challenges

In November, a team of 250 volunteers will organise the largest congress ever hosted in Estonia – the Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) World Congress. In early November, a huge group of international speakers and leaders fly to Estonia to share at the Junior Chamber International’s (JCI) World Congress the best …

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