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Know about Setomaa, Estonia’s hidden treasure, from a local

Helen Külvik, who lives in the small village of Obinitsa in Setomaa – a home of Estonia’s ethnic Seto minority – gives an overview of the local life, culture and customs. This is an edited version of the article originally published in Hear It From Locals magazine. Helen Külvik, a …

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TripAdvisor lists Tallinn as a European destination for a magical winter getaway

The American travel website, TripAdvisor, has listed the Estonian capital, Tallinn, as one of seven picturesque destinations in Europe for a “magical wintertime getaway”. TripAdvisor on 11 January published a list of seven destinations in Europe that people should visit, especially in the wintertime. And even though the holiday season …

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Please donate to support the work we do for the Estonian people around the world

Estonian World had yet another record year in 2019, but we need your ongoing support to sustain the independent media outlet – please consider helping us in our efforts. First, we want to use the opportunity and wish all the best to all our readers and thank those 224 people …

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American travel magazine lists an Estonian prison as an eerily beautiful abandoned place

Condé Nast Traveler, an American travel magazine, has listed Rummu Prison in Estonia as one of the abandoned places around the world that are eerily beautiful. In its “45 Abandoned Places Around the World That Are Eerily Beautiful” list, the Traveler says that “Of all the underwater sites around the …

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Over 280,000 Estonian residents at the risk of poverty

According to Statistics Estonia, 21.7% of the Estonian population lived at the risk of poverty and 2.4% lived in absolute poverty in 2018. Compared with 2017, the share of people at the risk of poverty decreased by 0.2 percentage points and the share of those living in absolute poverty by 0.3 percentage points, …

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The pirukas vs the empanada and other ethnic dumplings

It seems every culture has their own version of the dumpling, but, in a hypothetical bracketed dumpling tournament, the Estonian pirukas would come out on top, Andres Simonson from the US writes. The pirukas is Estonia’s savory gift to the fattening world of turnovers, or if you prefer, dumplings.  Although …

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The next European Sauna Marathon to take place in Otepää in February

One of Estonia’s most bizarre – yet increasingly popular – sporting events will take place again in the country’s “winter capital”, Otepää; the eleventh European Sauna Marathon will take place on 15 February 2020, the organisers from Otepää Municipality and the Otepää Cultural Centre announced.  The European Sauna Marathon started …

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Condé Nast Traveler again declares the Tallinn Christmas market as one of the most charming in Europe

The well-known travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has for the second year in a row declared the Tallinn Christmas market as one of the most charming in Europe. The Traveler posted its 2019 list on its website on 22 November, saying it “has been updated with new information”. The characterisation …

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