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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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Riina Kionka at her desk in Brussels. © European Union

Estonian Riina Kionka becomes the EU’s ambassador to South Africa

Estonian diplomat Riina Kionka has assumed her new post as the European Union’s ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Kionka presented her credentials to the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on 15 October. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, appointed her to the post on 9 …

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Ott Tänak becomes the first Estonian WRC champion

Rally driver Ott Tänak, driving for Toyota, has become the first Estonian to win the World Rally Championship, after successfully completing the Rally de Catalunya in Spain. Having won Rally Sweden, Rally Chile, Rally de Portugal, Rally Finland, ADAC Rallye Deutschland and Wales Rally GB earlier in the year, Ott …

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Estonian opera singer Mirjam Mesak wins a Bavarian Art Prize

The Munich, Germany-based Estonian soprano, Mirjam Mesak, has been awarded with the Bavarian Art Prize 2019 in the “Performing Arts” category. The Bavarian Art Prize is awarded by the Free State of Bavaria, an influential federal state of Germany, in the fields of fine arts, performing arts, music and dance and literature …

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Maarja Kruusmaa – transforming nature’s design into high tech

Estonian scientist Maarja Kruusmaa founded the Centre of Biorobotics at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in 2008; in 10 years, the centre has become one of the best known and most acknowledged research centres in Estonia and literally making waves around the world. The unique niche of Kruusmaa’s research are robots, …

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Tallinn’s mayor Mihhail Kõlvart becomes an honorary citizen of Seoul

Mihhail Kõlvart, the mayor of the Estonian capital, Tallinn, was granted an honorary citizenship of the South Korean capital, Seoul, in recognition of his contribution to promoting Korean culture in Estonia. Kõlvart was awarded the honorary citizenship by Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, at a ceremony at the Seoul …

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Estonian IT visionary Linnar Viik elected chairman of a European innovation cluster

Estonian IT visionary Linnar Viik has been elected the chairman of the Brussels-based EIT Digital Council, one of Europe’s most influential digital development and innovation clusters. Viik was elected by the general assembly of EIT Digital on 11 September. Founded in 2010, EIT Digital is one of Europe’s most influential …

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Estonian Andres Metspalu selected as a member of the pan-European cancer research initiative

Andres Metspalu, the head of the Estonian Biobank, has been selected as one of the members of the mission board for cancer of Horizon Europe, a European Union scientific research initiative. The European commissioner for research, science and innovation, Carlos Moedas, announced the names of the experts who have been …

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Gallery: The people of the Estonian Song Celebration

While most of the attention at the Estonian Song Celebration 2019 was naturally drawn to the performers, Estonian World walked among the 100,000-strong audience at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and took snapshots of the diverse public at the joyful event. Estonia’s cherished Song Celebration that, in 2019, celebrated its …

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Estonian Juhan Lepassaar to become the EU’s new cybersecurity boss

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) selected Estonian Juhan Lepassaar to be its new executive director. Lepassaar, currently in charge of the cabinet for the outgoing Estonian EU commissioner, Andrus Ansip, was selected on 16 July by the ENISA management board. Prior to being formally appointed, Lepassaar shall be …

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