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Estonian Anne Burghardt elected the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

The Estonian theologian, Anne Burghardt, has been elected the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation; the election marks the first woman and the first Central and Eastern European pastor to head the global communion of Lutheran churches. “Burghardt will take over as LWF’s new general secretary at the beginning …

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Russian actress with Estonian roots cleared for space flight

Actress Yulia Peresild will be flown to the International Space Station in October to shoot scenes for an upcoming Russian movie. Yulia Peresild, whose ancestors were from Estonia, and filmmaker Klim Shipenko were selected to be part of the expedition that is planned to launch in October from the Baikonur …

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An Estonian medical student works on COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Brazil

Estonian medical student Endel Willik is gaining medical experience and helping the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Brasilia while the country is seeing a dangerously high increase in the rate of infection. Now in his second year at the Higher Education Medical Sciences School – or ESCS – in Brasilia, the …

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Obituary: Johannes Kert, the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Johannes Kert, who as the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces led Estonia towards NATO and helped rebuild the Estonian military, has died at the age of 61; the boots of this straightforward military man, who didn’t waste words or spare time for niceties, will be impossible to fill, …

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Estonian researcher helps restore the mask-making tradition of the indigenous people of Alaska

Estonian researcher Anna Mossolova is helping the indigenous people of Alaska to revive their mask-making tradition that was suppressed under the influence of Christian missionaries at the turn of the 20th century. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. The Yup’ik people living in southwest Alaska first came …

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Seven globally outstanding Estonian female scientists

On 11 February 2021, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is held in Estonia for the first time; to mark the occasion, Estonian World highlights seven globally outstanding female scientists from the country. The Day of Women and Girls in Science was established at the initiative of …

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Estonian author and Nobel prize nominee Jaan Kaplinski turns 80

The renowned Estonian poet, philosopher and culture critic, Jaan Kaplinski, celebrates his 80th birthday on 22 January. Kaplinski, who in 2016 was named the Laureate of the European Literature Prize (Prix Européen de Littérature) and in the same year, was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, has been a major …

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