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Riina Õun is on a mission to carry on the tradition of handmade leather gloves

Riina Õun is a London-based leather glove and accessory designer who is making a name for herself in the global fashion industry. From experimental to more classy work Õun, originally from Tallinn, Estonia, has been living and working in London for nine years – and has worked as a freelance …

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Kristel Kruustük, a cofounder of Testlio: testing is my passion

No matter where she goes, Kristel Kruustük (27), until recently known as Kristel Viidik, a cofounder of Testlio, is likely to stand out in a crowd. “No matter what my last name may be, everyone will always know me as Kristel, the girl with big hair,” she laughs and adds …

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Former European auditor Kersti Kaljulaid elected president of Estonia

The former state official of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, was on Monday elected president of the country in the parliament, Riigikogu. The sole candidate, 81 MPs out of 101 cast their votes in her support. Kaljulaid will serve as the first female president of Estonia. Kaljulaid, a former member of the European Court …

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Standing out from the crowd: Karoli Hindriks, the founder of Jobbatical

Having just raised USD2 million for her company from some of the top venture capitalists in the US and Europe, Karoli Hindriks, the founder and CEO of Jobbatical, is one of the most successful startup entrepreneurs in Estonia. Raising a round worth more than EUR1 million always draws a lot …

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves – the president of the Tiger-Leap children

Looking back at Estonia’s last quarter of a century, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the fourth President of Estonia, who will hand over the presidency to his, as of yet unknown, successor in the autumn, notes that the country has primarily achieved success when it has dared to do something in a new or different …

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Global Estonians: Meriliis Rinne – the artist who paints all her paintings as if they were her last

Meriliis Rinne, also known as Meru, is a London-based Estonian artist, whose motto in life is that nothing is more powerful than talented people doing what they love. In her opinion, talent can express in different ways and it is important that we are confident in ourselves and don’t let …

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Toomas Tuulse started to learn the piano when he was eight years old. Photo: Kristiina Gilts Stenhardt

Toomas Tuulse 70: “Working with choirs has been an unbroken thread in my life”

Toomas Tuulse is a multifaceted, radiant person – a composer, pianist and a choir conductor; no major concert or celebration within the Stockholm Estonian community takes place without him. Like tens of thousands of others, his parents fled Estonia in the autumn of 1944 and reached Sweden’s shores. How was …

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