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Estonia’s hypocritical engagement with Azerbaijan

While the Estonian government is publicly committed to widening the democratic space based on rule of law and ensuring full respect for human rights, it has turned a blind eye on the human rights violations in Azerbaijan. Moreover, the Estonian government is actively pursuing friendship with its authoritarian regime. At …

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Estonia 100: the gift of security – Andres Simonson

In 2018, Estonia will celebrate its 100th birthday, and many wonderful and relevant gifts have been proposed; however, ensuring national security may be the most practical gift of all. As Estonia approaches the century mark in 2018, birthday gifts are already trickling in. In this case, with a country celebrating 100 …

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An Estonian bank’s experience in international recruitment – Agne Sokolov

When recruiting foreigners to work in Estonia, there are many aspects to consider, from cultural differences and the weather to the difficulties of finding a doctor or a kindergarten spot for the employee’s kids, writes Agne Sokolov, an Estonian bank’s support services lead. “Estonia is clean, quiet and safe,” says …

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By fighting for women’s rights, we’re fighting for human rights

The ministers from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden say in a joint statement that fighting for women’s and girls’ full and equal enjoyment of all human rights is not only the right thing to do, it is also a rational thing to do. Globally, almost …

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Estonia welcomes immigrant entrepreneurs and startups – Ave Lauren

Estonia has made major strides towards innovation in recent decades, now widely regarded as one of the most advanced digital societies in the world. Continuing this trend of innovation, Estonia is now liberalising its economic migration system and introducing startup visas to attract migrant entrepreneurs to drive further growth. Estonia …

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Estonians, embrace being Estonians – Milena Spigaglia

Tallinn-based Italian writer Milena Spigaglia has written an open letter to Estonians in response to argument about poor customer service in the country.     Weeks ago I read an article written by Justin Zehmke, a South African professional who came and settled in Estonia to work and live with …

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Kersti Kaljulaid: Anyone who appreciates our language, customs and values can be an Estonian

In her first Independence Day speech as the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid covered various topics, but spoke at length about the importance of preserving the Estonian language and culture as well as challenges facing the modern society. She also emphasised the opportunities a modern digital country like Estonia could make …

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Foreign minister Mikser: the US commitment is crucial for Estonia

The continued dedication of the United States to its commitments as an ally is crucial for Estonia, the country’s foreign minister, Sven Mikser, said in his annual address to the parliament. Estonian World publishes an excerpt of the minister’s speech. The alliance between Europe and Northern America has been the …

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