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30 pictures of the Soviet-era street scenes in Tallinn

Estonian World takes a glimpse into an increasingly forgotten era – the street scenes of the Soviet Union-occupied Estonia (1944-1991) and, specifically, the country’s capital Tallinn at the time. The Hungarian-made Ikarus bus was the backbone of the Tallinn public transport system in the 1970s and 80s, all the way …

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Queen Margrethe to visit Estonia for the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will pay a visit to Estonia in June, in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag that has a mythical connection to Tallinn, the Estonian capital. The Danish legend says the country got its flag, known as the Dannebrog, during the battle that took …

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A concert organised by Estonian grassroots movement Kõigi Eesti reaches over 80,000 people

The Kõigi Eesti grassroots movement that was started in March out of concern about the recent developments in the Estonian politics, stepped out of the social media by organising a free concert in the Estonian capital on 14 April – which over 10,000 people attended and over 70,000 watched it …

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Kõigi Eesti citizen movement to host a free concert at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

The Kõigi Eesti grassroots movement that was started by hundreds of residents of Estonia, connected by their concern about the recent developments in the Estonian politics, is stepping out of the social media by organising a free concert in the Estonian capital on 14 April. The Kõigi Eesti (#kõigieesti #общаяэстония …

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Veski, Tartu. When sunlight is veiled with fog, shadows disappear. Surfaces appear to be clearer and colors can stand out in their pure form. Only if they are close enough, of course.

PICTURES: Eesti mist through the eyes of photographer Tõnu Runnel

The fog cuts the sight short  –  and substitutes it with imagination. This way, mist expands the space around us, forces our minds to construct objects and narratives beyond the milky and soft, opaque air. Sometimes, the rain and tusk do the job as well. Estonia has a fair share of …

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Estonian reality television series, Sauna Secrets, premiers on the BBC

Ever wish you could be a fly on the sauna wall? Well, thanks to a new Estonian reality television series, now you can.* Reality television fans and channel surfers, take note. The relatively new Estonian production company, Rumal Productions, is premiering a new series tonight on the BBC. Entitled “Sauna Secrets”, the …

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Lennart Meri, the president many loved, and everybody respected

Today, the former president and foreign minister, Lennart Meri, would’ve celebrated his 90th birthday; a Statesman with a capital S, he’s one of the founding fathers of the Estonian post-occupation success story, and one of the politicians in Estonia that everybody truly respected. My best friend celebrates his birthday on …

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LIVE BLOG: Estonian World brings you Estonian election results

Estonian World brings you the results of the Estonian parliamentary election of 2019 in a live blog, starting around 8:00 PM EET (6 PM UK time; 1 PM ET). The deputy editor-in-chief of Estonian World, Sten Hankewitz, will also be live-tweeting the results. 05:15 We’re wrapping up here for now – the …

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