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What’s in a name?

Estonian proper names pronounced true to form, but spoken in an English speaking setting, can lead to confusion, embarrassment, and on occasion, comedy. Take for example my first name: Andres. Phonetically, the Estonian pronunciation sounds pretty darn close to the English word for removing one’s clothes. So, as I don’t …

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Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners: an introduction

Lisa and Kristen Dobbin are two Canadian-Estonian girls with an Estonian mum and Canadian dad. They were born in Canada, but in 2012, inspired by their Estonian grandmother, decided to take a trip to Estonia and discover more about the country and its “secret language”. This is the first part …

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27 years after prank call to Soviet Union, American and Estonian cross paths

People like to talk about how small Estonia is, but a recent coincidence testifies to the adage that it’s a small world as well. In 1986, two bored college freshmen in Berkeley managed to breach the Iron Curtain by randomly dialing a Soviet Union telephone number. Twenty-seven years later, the …

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For all that is great

24th February is always a special day for Estonia. This year it celebrated the day 95 years ago when the Estonian republic was first formed. Some took the day seriously, going to one of the local parades or celebrations dotting the country, or watching festivities on ETV, the national TV …

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Philippe Legrain: “People should be free to live, work and fall in love wherever they please”

In an interview with Estonian World, writer and policy adviser Philippe Legrain says people’s fears of immigration from outside the European Union are mostly just irrational emotions based on “fear of the other”; he points out that for Estonia, migration would be a natural way to tackle problems with jobs …

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Sillamäe’s past, present and future

Andrew Suttaford visits Sillamäe – once a secret town that was administered not as a part of Soviet Estonia, but as an exclave of Soviet Russia itself. This article was first published under the headline “A Soviet Brigadoon – The strange history of Estonia’s Sillamäe” by nationalreview.com. By Andrew Suttaford It’s …

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