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Global Estonians: blogger and entrepreneur Janek Fiume (Sicily, Italy)

Hi Janek, where are you based and how long have you been there? My family and I are based in Terrasini. It’s a small village (7000 regular inhabitants) in the region of Palermo which is the capital of Sicily. Terrasini is situated about 35 kilometres to north – west from …

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Global Estonians: an accounting officer Hendrik Hermann (Uberlândia, Brazil)

Hello Hendrik, what made you leave Estonia? It was in 2000 when I became a foreign exchange student at the University of Minnesota in the US. And during my studies there I met my future wife Luciana, who is Brazilian. Where are you based and how long have you been …

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Global Estonians: fashion designer Evelyn Toomistu-Banani (Frankfurt, Germany)

Evelyn Toomistu-Banani is a fashion designer, based in Germany. Hi Evelyn, where are you based and how long have you been there? I live with my family in Frankfurt,Germany – and have been here for over 5 years. What made you to choose Frankfurt? For some reason I was dreaming …

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Global Estonians: singer-songwriter Liis Hirvoja (London/UK)

2,400 years ago the philosopher Socrates claimed: “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world (kosmopolitês).” In 1937 Ernest Hemingway wrote in his novel To Have and Have Not: “In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found.”  Fast forward to AD 2012 …

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Intellectual property world is our oyster: meet Taavi Raidma, co-founder and CEO of the UK based CrowdIPR

When Taavi Raidma (27) was 10 years old, he was dreaming to set up his own bank, together with his brother. Perhaps it was just a bit too early to start his own business – after he had persuaded his grandparents to become their first clients, his parents put a stop for further expansion plans. …

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Kristi Roosmaa: “Life is full of inspirations!” Interview with New York-based musical singer & actress

Kristi Roosmaa is an actress and singer of Estonian origin and is the first Estonian musical theatre singer to perform as a soloist at the world renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. Kristi’s first performance, at the age of 4, paved the way for her career in the arts. …

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Lady who created “loungerie” and helps Saudi Arabian women to find their sensuality – meet lingerie designer Kriss Soonik

It’s a nice spring day when I meet Kriss at a stylish café in one of those architecturally inspiring Georgian townhouses in London. She arrives by bicycle, and you could excuse yourself by mistakenly thinking of her as just another beautiful girl dreaming her day away in a bohemian district of …

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Erply’s founder & CEO Kris Hiiemaa: “Estonian startups should take full advantage of the opportunities that they’ve been offered”

The energetic chap sitting opposite me is wearing an informal t-shirt and scans his eyes rather quickly through the pages of local weekly newspaper in front of him. By the look, age and dress code he’s fairly similar to Mark Zuckerberg. Like Zuckerberg, the young gent behind a coffee cup …

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