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Opinion stories from and about Estonians.

Editorial: It is time to deal with Estonia’s gender pay gap

Estonia has the highest gender pay gap in Europe. In the Global Gender Gap Index 2014, Estonia is at 62, behind Thailand and just ahead of Zimbabwe. Estonian World calls the next Estonian parliament and government to pay more attention to the issue. Estonia has, in last 23 years, taken a …

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Estonian World: #JeSuisCharlie

17 innocent people were killed in France from 7-9 January by three Islamic terrorists. The attack started at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris, in which eight journalists were executed by two terrorists. On 11 January, up to 1.6 million people attended a march in Paris to protest against terrorism …

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The New Year’s Eve speech of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves

The New Year’s Eve speech of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on 31 December 2014. Good evening, my dear compatriots! I hope you are spending the last evening of this year with the people who are important for you. Even if they’re just in your thoughts. Many things touched us …

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Patrik Maldre: Citizen’s Day – social cohesion is key for national security

26 November is celebrated in Estonia as Citizen’s Day. It commemorates the date of the signing into effect of the first Estonian citizenship law in 1918, and honours all Estonian citizens as well as those who are aspiring to become citizens, regardless of ethnicity. It is also a day that …

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Andres Simonson: What if Putin were my neighbour?

Countries neighboring Vladimir Putin are rightfully nervous about current geopolitical affairs. However, countries not sharing a border with Vladimir Putin should be nervous as well.     I live in the United States and my neighbours are ethnic Russians. Nice folks, and the type of neighbours you’d choose if it weren’t for …

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Editorial: It is time for Estonia to pass the Civil Partnership Act – UPDATED!

On Thursday, the Estonian parliament, Riigikogu, is to vote on the Civil Partnership Bill that would grant same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar to a marriage between a heterosexual couple. By passing this law, Estonia would become the first former Soviet republic to do so, and take another step towards …

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Tanel Altmets: The Scottish independence referendum: a decision made by economic uncertainty

As an Estonian, I would firstly like to bring attention to the name of the referendum – the “Scottish independence referendum”. It is important not read too much into the word “independence”, as this referendum had crucial differences to the independence movement that took place in Estonia and many other …

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