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Joao Rei: How can we get the rate of vaccination higher in Estonia? Lessons from Portugal

Portuguese expat Joao Rei, who lives in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, writes that to get more Estonians vaccinated against COVID-19, the reinforcing information shouldn’t necessarily come from the government, but from the people they trust – their neighbours, friends or even their priest. “What makes Portugal different?” That was the …

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Alar Karis: No topic is taboo

The new Estonian president, Alar Karis, who assumed office on 11 October, emphasised at his inauguration ceremony the freedom of speech and parliamentary debate, national culture, education and intelligence, climate change and international cooperation; Estonian World publishes Karis’ speech in a lightly edited and shortened form. One hundred years ago, …

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Sten Hankewitz: An end of an era: the Afghanistan war is over, at a tremendous cost and no result

30 August 2021 marks the day when America’s longest war, the war in Afghanistan, ended after the last US troops left the country; it’s an end of an era for both the US and its allies – including Estonia – who fought in the war that cost so much to …

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Paul Goble: Five lessons for today from the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

The 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact entails five lessons for the world today, Paul Goble, the American analyst, writer and columnist with expertise on Russia, writes.* Some anniversaries are marked because they are so important historically that one cannot understand the present without returning to them. Others are commemorated because they contain …

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Estonia must offer its former Afghan partners a safe haven – no ifs, ands or buts

Estonia should not be forgetting its partners, especially the ones that risked their lives – and it should be a firm principle of a country that respects itself and others – no ifs, ands or buts; an Estonia that is based on strong values should not hesitate to help those …

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Thom Brown: Lessons from the Viljandi Folk Festival

During a trip to the Viljandi Folk Festival, Thomas Brown, a Tallinn-based Brit, discovered the true meaning of folk music for the Estonian national identity. I’d been to Viljandi before, during the heavy snowfall of 2020. The hills offered sledging opportunities beyond anything I’d experienced in the all-too-flat Tallinn. More …

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Kersti Kaljulaid: Taliban’s success demonstrates we have been living in illusions

The Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, issued a statement in the wake of Taliban’s complete takeover of Afghanistan; Estonian World publishes the statement in a lightly edited form. Seeing videos from Afghanistan’s past week has been achingly painful. The sense of lost hope, of chaos and fear reflected in them brings …

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Anirudh Ramesh: How the COVID-19 crisis has affected international students in Estonia

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affected also the international students in Estonia, adding fuel to the fire of uncertainty and dramatically reducing their prospects for a part-time job; however, one of the good things about the pandemic was it forced people to get creative in order to ease their boredom, Anirudh …

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