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The world’s biggest sauna marathon to take place in Estonia

For the past six years, the Estonian winter capital, Otepää, has played host to a sauna marathon where hundreds of competitors sweat to visit as many of the outposts as possible in the shortest time. The European Sauna Marathon, as it’s called, will be held for the sixth time on …

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An expat in Tallinn, Scott Diel, tells Estonians to “dream bigger”

In “Expats corner” we catch up with foreigners who live or have lived in Estonia, to find out what they really think of the country. Scott Diel, originally from the United States, is a colourful and charismatic writer and journalist who runs Slothrop’s – the first and only second-hand English/foreign language …

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The most important events for Estonia in 2014 – as chosen by Estonian World

Estonian World’s authors choose the events that have, in their opinion, shaped the life of Estonians and their country most this year.   Claire Millard “Koos” “Koos” – shorthand for kooseluseadus, the civil partnership act, which passed this year into a law in Estonia. Translated directly as “living together law”, …

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Christmas traditions in Estonia

Christmas time is still the most important holiday celebrated in Estonia. For Estonians, Christmas is a mixture of the traditional, the modern, the secular and the religious.* Like in other Nordic countries, Estonia’s celebration of Christmas mostly falls on Christmas Eve; however, Christmas season starts from the first Advent with …

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PICTURES: e-Estonia takes over Times Square in NYC

New York’s Times Square gave a grand welcome to an Estonian business delegation, led by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, in the morning of 12 December 2014. The delegation also visited NASDAQ, the largest stock exchange in the United States. I Credit: Siiri Lind and Stenbock House.

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Canada’s “Forest University”: connecting to what is intrinsically Estonian

Canada’s “Forest University” – “Metsaülikool” in Estonian – is a cultural phenomenon. Find out how this year’s theme of spiritual health deeply touched the participants’ souls. I knew the “Metsaülikool” (MÜ) magic had begun when Sirje Kiin came bustling determinedly toward me, wrapped in a big towel, on her way …

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PICTURES: New Estonian ambassador presents his credentials to The Queen

His Excellency Mr Lauri Bambus presented his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on his appointment as the Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 19 November 2014. The Ambassador and his wife were accompanied by the members …

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