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WHO: Estonia’s two-week infection rate now highest in the world

According to the World Health Organisation, Estonia’s two-week coronavirus infection rate per capita is now the highest in the world. According to the WHO coronavirus dataset, Estonia’s two-week coronavirus infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants was as of writing this article 1,553. Only a week earlier, that number was 1,465 and …

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It’s official: Estonia is a cat-loving nation

An Australian insurance company used Instagram data for conducting a global survey to see whether cats or dogs were more popular across the world; in Estonia, cats were a clear winner. Budget Direct, an insurance company, counted every post on Instagram tagged #ilovedogs, #dogloversclub or #doglovers – and did the same …

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Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas tests positive for the coronavirus

The Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas, issued a statement on the evening of 15 March, saying she had tested positive for the coronavirus. “Today is the day I join the thousands of Estonians who have received a positive corona test,” Kallas wrote in her Facebook page. “Like many of you, …

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Estonia’s seven-day COVID infections take the country to the world’s top

According to a table by Our World in Data, Estonia’s seven-day COVID-19 infection rate is the highest in the world – meaning Estonia is in the worst shape compared with all other countries. Estonia’s seven-day infection rate – as in the number of new infections in the past seven days …

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Dr Keegan McBride: The current government is making the same mistakes the previous one did

Keegan McBride, who has played an active role in sharing information about the novel coronavirus pandemic in Estonia, says in an interview with Estonian World that the country’s current government, headed by Kaja Kallas and her Reform Party, is hypocritical, making the same mistakes they criticised the previous government for; …

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Estonia is “second in Europe” in terms of new coronavirus infections

According to the director of the Estonian Health Board, Üllar Lanno, Estonia is currently second in Europe in terms of new coronavirus infections. Lanno said on 23 February that when in the world and in Europe, the infection rate has started to decline, then in Estonia the situation has gotten …

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Is marriage dead in Estonia?

While her Ukrainian friends were posting pictures of rings and white dresses, her Estonian friends were sharing photos of babies with no weddings in sight, so Polina Shevchenko, a Ukrainian expat living in Estonia, thought she’d dig into this data and see what is actually happening with marriage in Estonia. …

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Annual LGBTI report: Estonia’s legislation stagnated, hate speech on a rise

In its annual review of the human rights situation of LGBTI people in Europe and Central Asia, ILGA-Europe, an advocacy group, listed Estonia with the countries that have seen a rise in hate speech and where same-sex partnership registration or marriage rights legislation has stagnated. The tenth edition of ILGA-Europe’s …

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A hundred facts about Estonia

As a gift for Estonia’s centenary on 24 February 2018, Estonian World compiled, with the help of its co-authors, a list of a hundred facts about the country – some known, but some perhaps even surprising.* 1. Estonia has one of the lowest population densities in the world (28 per …

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Mulgimaa takes centre stage as Estonia embraces its Finno-Ugric family

Abja-Paluoja, the capital of Estonia’s historic Mulgimaa region, has become the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021; Adam Rang, who is currently writing a book about Estonian sauna culture and its origins among Finno-Ugric peoples, attended the ceremony and reports on why it matters. It had all the grandeur, if not …

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