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Estonia to make applying for and issuing IDs abroad easier

The Estonian government is trying to make applying for and issuing identification documents abroad easier by introducing an electronic application environment and starting to deliver IDs by mail. The government on 1 August approved objectives on how to improve the accessibility of consular services for Estonians living abroad. “Within the …

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Risto Conte Keivabu: ESTO 2019 and the global Estonian youth

Risto Conte Keivabu, an Italian with Estonian ancestry, writes that the global Estonian cultural festival, ESTO, is a great example of how culture, language, and tradition can be kept alive in a globalised world without falling into the trap of exclusive nationalistic sentiments. Redefining a purpose Preserving the tradition of …

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Baltic coast cycle route is among the most stunning in Europe

The London Evening Standard has highlighted the eight most beautiful cycling paths in Europe – among them is the Baltic Sea Cycle Route that runs through Estonia and other countries bordering the Baltic Sea. The newspaper said that “one of the best ways to explore Europe is by bike”. “Not …

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Estonian president Kaljulaid to participate in the “people’s ride” of Tour de France

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, will race at l’Étape du Tour, a competition for the unprofessional cyclists who ride on the same routes and under the same conditions as the professionals of Tour de France. Kaljulaid will cycle at l’Étape du Tour on 21 July, her spokesman told the Estonian …

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The Estonian sailboat, Admiral Bellingshausen, about to set sail to Antarctica. Photo by the Estonian Maritime Museum.

An Estonian sailboat is sailing to Antarctica to celebrate its discovery

On 11 July, the Estonian sailboat, Admiral Bellingshausen, set sail from Kronstadt, St Petersburg, Russia, to Antarctica to celebrate 200 years from the discovery of the continent by the Russian admiral, Fabial Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who was born in the Estonian island of Saaremaa. The more than six-month long popular …

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The Midsummer bonfire at the Chicago Estonian House.

Video and gallery: Chicagoland Estonians celebrate Midsummer Day

The Chicagoland Estonians on 22 June gathered at the Chicago Estonian House in Riverwoods, IL, to celebrate Midsummer Day in a proper Estonian way with potato salad and shashlik and lots of folk music and dancing. Hundreds of Estonians and their descendants – from babies to seniors – gathered on …

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Estonian beliefs and rituals carried on by Jaanipäev

Along with Christmas, Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar – people around the country will gather with their families, or at larger events to celebrate with singing, dancing and lighting the bonfires, as …

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Estonian Chernobyl veteran: We spent six months in a radiation level 22 times higher than oral X-ray

The recently-aired HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl”, told the world in graphic detail what really happened in the worst nuclear catastrophe the human kind has ever faced; Estonian World brings you the first-hand account of an Estonian Chernobyl veteran who was forced by the Soviet authorities into the disaster zone to help …

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