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The fourth World Cleanup Day engages people from 180 countries

The Estonian-initiated World Cleanup Day engages millions of people across the world on 18 September. The World Cleanup Day traces its roots back to 2008, when 50,000 people came together in Estonia and cleaned up the entire country in five hours. The citizen movement, called Let’s Do It! then grew into …

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An Estonian FUBAR: How an Afghan student lost his place in university because of the Taliban – and Estonian inflexibility

An Afghan citizen was accepted to Tallinn University in November 2020 to study at the School of Natural Sciences and Health; now, when the 2021 schoolyear began, he got stuck in India and couldn’t make it to Tallinn in time because of the Taliban takeover of his country – and …

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The Chicago Bears sign Estonian Margus Hunt to their practice squad

The Chicago Bears, a football team in the National Football League in the US, has signed Estonian defensive tackle Margus Hunt to their practice squad. The Bears announced the move on Twitter on 8 September. Hunt was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in the pre-season, but was cut after the …

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Estonians in Canada present former PM Mulroney with the Award of Merit

On the 30th anniversary of Canada’s reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Estonia, the Estonian Central Council in Canada presented the country’s former prime minister, Brian Mulroney, with its Award of Merit for service to the Estonian community in Canada. According to the Estonian Central Council in Canada, …

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Tallinn wins the “European Green Capital 2023” title

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, beat competition from Helsingborg, Sweden; Krakow, Poland; and Sofia, Bulgaria to become the “European Green Capital” of 2023; the competition is organised by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The winner of the competition was announced on 9 September in Lahti, Finland …

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A private expedition to investigate the wreck of MS Estonia

Close relatives of the people who died in the sinking of MS Estonia will organise a privately initiated expedition to the wreck of the ferry; the relatives claim that many questions related to the disaster remain unanswered by official investigations that have been conducted over the past 27 years. The …

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The growth in the Estonians’ life expectancy has slowed, but people live longer healthy lives

The growth in the Estonian people’s life expectancy slowed down in 2020, compared with the preceding years; however, people now live a longer healthy life than before. According to Statistics Estonia, the country’s statistics agency, in 2020, life expectancy at birth for the inhabitants of Estonia was 78.8 years. Male …

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