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Let’s Do It! World clean-up engaged over 3.4M volunteers to clean up waste last year

Last year, the civic-led waste clean-ups, part of the Let’s Do It! World campaign, engaged 3.4 million people in 34 countries who altogether collected about 45,000 tonnes of illegal waste. Albania, Kenya, Libya, Macedonia, the Philippines, Russia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Romania, Colombia, Kosovo, Finland, Belarus, Hungary, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, …

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10 reasons why a Spanish Erasmus student loves Estonia

Isabel Fernández Felipe, an Erasmus student from Spain, who took psychology lessons in Tallinn University last year, fell in love with Tallinn and Estonia. In the beginning I thought Tallinn wouldn’t be the best place to live because of the weather and the different culture that might seem distant. But …

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PICTURES: The French photographer exploring Estonia’s fringe communities

The Paris-based photographer, Jérémie Jung, has been exploring the traditions of the Estonian regions of Setomaa and Kihnu island to try and better understand the people and their communities.  Since 2011, Jung has completed a number of projects focusing on Estonia and its fringe societies. The 35-year-old has made images of the …

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PICTURES: Estonia’s town squares in festive season

Christmas time is still the most important holiday celebrated in Estonia and while the most town councils make an effort to decorate the central squares well, the weatherman also helps along – white festive season makes it a fairyland. As compared with other Estonian Christmas symbols, the Christmas tree tradition is rather …

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PICTURES: Rakvere surprises with a Christmas tree, again…

The small Estonian town of Rakvere stood out last year by erecting one of the most distinctive Christmas trees in the world at the town’s square. This year, the town is attempting to repeat the same feat. Unlike the usual custom of harvesting forests for the traditional town square decoration, …

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Estonia becomes part of the Ironman triathlon events

Next year, Estonia is to become part of the Ironman triathlon events, the first competition in Estonia and the Baltic states will take place in Otepää on 6 August 2016. The Ironman triathlon is one in a series of long-distance triathlon races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, …

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Meet the Japanese friendship society that loves Estonian food and culture

It isn’t easy to find blood sausage, black bread and herring in Japan, but every year more than 100 people come together to cook a traditional Estonian meal in Tokyo.  Working at a hotel in Tallinn means that inevitably every guest who checks in will ask about the local food. …

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Estonia is Lonely Planet’s best value destination for 2016

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has ranked the best value destinations for 2016 and Estonia is number one. “Bagging a good deal on the road can be almost as thrilling as the trip itself, no matter what your travel budget,” the Lonely Planet said in the introduction. …

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