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How to compete in Estonia’s European sauna marathon 2019

Adam Rang gives an overview of Estonia’s European sauna marathon, a bizarre competition, held in the Estonia’s “winter capital” Otepää (as always) on 2 February. The European sauna marathon – one of the few sports in which Estonians regularly emerge as world champions – will take place for the 10th …

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Estonian World’s readership grew by 15% in 2018 – but we need your support to continue

Estonian World broke a record in terms of readership – but we need your help to make our future more secure. First, we want to use the opportunity and wish a peaceful year to all of you who are reading Estonian World; the online magazine we – three stubborn, London-based, …

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Over one fifth of Estonian residents live at risk of poverty

According to Estonia’s official statistics agency, 22.6% of the Estonian population lived at risk of poverty in 2017; the number increased compared with the previous year. According to Statistics Estonia, 295,000 Estonian residents lived at risk of poverty last year – a 1.6 percentage points increase compared with 2016. In …

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The Estonian tricolour celebrates its 100th year as the national flag

On 12 December, at 9:09 am, the 100th anniversary of raising of the blue-black-and-white flag as the national flag of Estonia on the Tall Hermann Tower was celebrated at the Governor’s Garden in Tallinn. The chairman of the Estonian parliament, Eiki Nestor, said at the ceremony, “We will raise the …

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Estonia and Finland – common values and common future?

The Estonishing Evenings series, supported by Estonian World, continues in Tallinn, this time taking a closer look at the relationship between Estonia and Finland – and the relations between the people of the two countries. The evening will start with a presentation by Kristi Raik, the director of the Estonian …

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For Estonian refugees, a masthead made a new home, half a world away

Estonians fleeing the aftermath of the Second World War and the Soviet occupation found their voice in Australia via a newspaper that continues to this day; Silvi Vann-Wall reports on Meie Kodu (Our Home) and the community it continues to serve. In the tumultuous time after the Second World War, and throughout the Soviet …

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Former British MP Lembit Öpik considers running for Estonian presidency

Lembit Öpik told the BBC that he is considering contesting the Estonian presidency when it next comes up for election. Öpik, who served as a Liberal Democrat member of the UK parliament representing the constituency of Montgomeryshire in Wales from 1997 until he lost his seat in the 2010 general election, told the BBC that “he is …

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Estonia and Iran – years of cooperation but still a long way to go

Although Estonia is known less than many other western European countries among the Iranian people, there are still interesting things in the Estonian history and culture that attract Iranian nation, Tehran-based Mohammad Javad reports. The people who are interested in history know that Estonia and Iran were invaded at various …

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