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Silent and slow Estonians, emotional and fast Russians

What happens when an Estonian and a Russian meet up? The Estonian remains silent and listens to the Russian, no matter whether the latter comes from Tallinn or Saint Petersburg. Still, both Estonians and Russians value wisdom, amiability, and sociability in their conversation partners. By Piret Pappel These are the …

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The Cambridge Baltic Conference — connecting leaders

The Cambridge Baltic Conference, due to take place on October 12, will bring together leaders in politics, science and business with students and young professionals. Notable speakers include former Prime Minister of Estonia and Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas, former President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and International Editor …

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TIMELINE: 23 years of Estonian success

Since March this year, the post-occupation independence of the Republic of Estonia has lasted longer than the independence before the occupation. As Estonia is celebrating its restoration of independence day on 20 August, we have created an exclusive interactive (scroll left and right) timeline which celebrates the successes of the …

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A journey to Estonia (Film by Deutsche Welle)

In 1999, Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, sent camera crews to countries formerly oppressed by the Soviet Union to get acquainted with and introduce the candidates for accession to the European Union. They wanted to find out what hopes the people had for their countries’ EU membership and how they expected it …

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Summer in Estonia – in pictures

Selection of summer images from around Estonia. Photos by: Fabio Durigon/Gert Holmertz/Liisi Tambur/Harald Lepisk/VisitEstonia/Tallinn Tourism Portal/University of Tartu/Pärnu Hanseatic Days Festival/Lisa & Kristen Dobbin/Hando Nilov/Annika Haas/Aivar Ruukel/Jaak Nilson.

Estonia as a metaphor

Estonia. A small northerly precious Baltic gem, with beautiful scenery that would indelibly astonish you; picturesque coastal villages, woods, meadows, lakes, islands, and beautiful blond maidens… This is the package in one of the smallest countries in Europe. Metaphorically speaking, a visit to Estonia will leave you a moment of …

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ESTO 2013 in San Francisco: a new start for an old tradition?

The international ESTO festival was originally started by Estonian expats who had escaped their homeland during the WW2. Their goal was to connect Estonians in foreign countries and to preserve Estonian culture and language. The first ESTO took place in Toronto, Canada in 1972, followed by four-year intervals in different …

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