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Estonia’s Siim Sikkut one of the most influential people in digital government – policy platform

According to Apolitical, a global policy platform that works with governments and public servants, Siim Sikkut, the chief information officer of the government of Estonia, is one of the most influential people in the sphere of digital government. The organisation put Sikkut, who’s been the government CIO since March 2017, …

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Estonian descendant Nicole Aunapu Mann selected for American space flights

Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, whose grandfather was Estonian, is due to take her first space flight onboard the Boeing Starliner in 2019. NASA, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, introduced on 4 August the first US astronauts who will fly on an American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space …

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Johann Urb.

Johann Urb: becoming an actor just happened to me – but it clearly needed to happen

Johann Urb is one of the most famous Estonian actors in the world – even though not many realise he’s anything but American, thanks to his perfect American accent. He tells Estonian World his story of how the boy from Tallinn ended up a Hollywood star. Urb was born in …

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BIG INTERVIEW: Kersti Kaljulaid: A small country has only one natural resource – between our ears

In a wide-ranging interview with Estonian World, the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, said that a small country like Estonia only has one natural resource and it is located between our ears; and therefore, education that is accessible to all children is a good thing that the country must keep. Kersti …

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Estonian World cofounder receives a mission award

Silver Tambur, the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Estonian World, has been awarded by the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations for his work of improving Estonia’s image abroad as well as making it a more open society internally. Tambur was named the recipient of the “2017 mission award” along with Rainer …

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives the World Leader in Cybersecurity Award 

The former Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, is being honoured by the Boston Global Forum for his leadership that resulted in Estonia becoming a vital member of the world community. Ilves is to receive the World Leader in Cybersecurity Award at Harvard University on 12 December. The award is presented by …

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Eerik-Niiles Kross. Photo: Facebook

Estonian politician Kross among Politico’s most influential Europeans

The international political magazine, Politico, has named the Estonian MP, Eerik-Niiles Kross, as one of the 28 “people who are shaping, shaking and stirring Europe”. The “Estonian James Bond”, as the magazine puts it, is standing ready to fight if Russia should invade the country. “He’s been warning of the …

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