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Estonian scientist leads the EU’s high-level climate negotiations

Since the beginning of the German presidency of the European Union in July, Annela Anger-Kraavi, a Cambridge-educated Estonian scientist, has been leading the EU’s high-level climate change negotiations. Anger-Kraavi, a climate expert who has been involved in the UN climate negotiations for many years, leads the negotiations on the effects …

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Top 12 most outstanding Estonian statespeople

On the occasion of the day celebrating the restoration of independence, Estonian World has chosen 12 of Estonia’s most outstanding statespeople in recent times.* In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian parliamentarians decided to take advantage of the chaos in Moscow – the conservative Soviet hardliners had gone on offensive against …

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Lennart Meri, the president many loved, and everybody respected

Today, the former president and foreign minister, Lennart Meri, would’ve celebrated his 90th birthday; a Statesman with a capital S, he’s one of the founding fathers of the Estonian post-occupation success story, and one of the politicians in Estonia that everybody truly respected.* My best friend celebrates his birthday on …

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Meet the Estonian “mermaid”, Merle Liivand, who is helping save the oceans

Estonian World interviews Estonia’s most famous “mermaid”, the Florida-based Merle Liivand, who is helping save the oceans and, at the same time, hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics; right now, Liivand is also competing for votes to be the Maxim magazine cover girl. The Estonian professional swimmer, Merle Liivand, …

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Lepo Sumera – a restless creative mind and an extraordinary human being

Märt-Matis Lill, a composer and the chairman of the Estonian Composers’ Union, writes on the 70th anniversary of the birth of Lepo Sumera, one of the most influential composers in post-war Estonia, about his old mentor’s restlessness, warmth and work. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian embassy …

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Two Estonians included in the Forbes top young entrepreneurs in Europe list

The London-based fashion designer, Roberta Einer, and the Manchester-based entrepreneur, Martin Vares, are included in the “Top Young Entrepreneurs of the Forbes Under 30 2020” list. “At a time of great global uncertainty, it is hard to see beyond the doom and gloom. Fortunately, our fifth annual Under 30 Europe …

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Ilon Wikland is in the hearts of Estonians

Ilon Wikland, an Estonian-Swedish artist and illustrator, renowned for her illustrations for the world-famous Swedish children author, Astrid Lindgren, is celebrating her 90th birthday on 5 February. On 5 February, the Estonian artist residing in Stockholm, Ilon Wikland, will be celebrating her 90th birthday. The hard-working and talented woman can look …

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Estonian poet Hando Runnel receives the “Contribution to the Estonian National Identity” award

The University of Tartu has presented its award for contribution to the Estonian national identity to the poet, publisher, essayist and national thinker, Hando Runnel. The University of Tartu, Estonia’s oldest and largest university, has issued the award for “Contribution to Estonian National Identity” 16 times and this year, it …

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