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“So, are you Estonian or American?” On heritage, nationality and grammatical conjunctions

Hyphenated Americans exist in many combinations. This article explores how an Estonian-American identifies himself. The year was 1994. The setting was the Hell Hunt pub in the Old Town section of Tallinn. The beer in my hand was a varietal of Saku. The hour was late. This was my first …

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Independence away from home: Estonians in London celebrate

On 24 February 2014, hundreds of Estonians living in London packed Westminster Cathedral’s large event hall to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Estonia. The event consisted of a mixture of Estonian arts on display, but no Estonian event would be complete without vocal performance …

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Estonian Independence Day in pictures – London, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney

Expat communities celebrated Estonian Independence Day all around the world. We bring you a selection of pictures of the celebrations from London, New York, Chicago, Toronto and Sydney.   London (at Westminster Cathedral Hall)   New York (at New York Estonian House)   Chicago (at Chicago Estonian House)   Toronto …

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“All the good things in Estonia” – through the eyes of children (drawings)

The Estonian President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, recently invited Estonian children to take part in an art competition, “All the Good Things in Estonia”. Almost 12,000 drawings were submitted from all over the country. “With your child, think about what makes Estonia a good place in which to live. We can …

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Old customs die hard – New York’s Estonian House organises a rosolje competition

Estonians are proud of their traditional dishes – the rye bread, potato salad, selection of meats, sausages, marinated fish, pickles. One dish which was historically never missing from a party table, is rosolje – a beetroot and potato salad. And wherever Estonians emigrated, they took the tradition of making rosolje …

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Remembering the Holocaust – a story told by four Jewish ladies from Estonia in the film “Best Friends Forever”

To mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Estonian World is publishing a short film called “Best Friends Forever” by an Estonian journalist Anna Gavronski. Remembering the Holocaust The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January, is a worldwide memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation …

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Thoughts about Estonia from an Englishman’s perspective #4 – I met Marko’s mum

David Foreman works and lives in London, but with an Estonian partner he visits Estonia regularly and intends to partially retire there in the next few years to split his time between London and Pärnu. He has contributed for EstonianWorld before. In this new article he gets acquainted with the …

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