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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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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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