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Global Estonians: Jana Kolukanova — Through life in the swim lane

The Estonian House in Los Angeles, California, regularly hosts events where people can learn more about the members of this small Estonian community. One of the recent guests was a former Estonian swimmer Jana Kolukanova, who after 20 years in the sport recently decided to hang up her swimsuit for …

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Margus will Hunt you down

You know you have it made once Chuck Norris style jokes begin to circulate: “Margus Hunt isn’t sleeping, he is waiting.”Or, “How many sit-ups can Margus Hunt do? All of them.“ Even his name, which means “wolf” in Estonian, lends itself to many metaphors. Recently, Margus Hunt himself started using the English …

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Global Estonians: professional make-up artist Gerda Miller (London)

Gerda is a professional make-up artist, who has her own outstanding style and look. Tartu-born and East-London-based, she loves art and films. I met Gerda when she had just finished preparations for her second exhibition called “One Side of the Story“, in collaboration with photographer Heikki Leis, and found some …

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“Make babies and keep your heads up high” – an interview with 100-year-old New Yorker Juta Kurman

Juta Kurman is a well-known member of the Estonian community in the American northeast. She has been active in many global and U.S.-based Estonian organisations. Her current passion is teaching Estonian to Americans in the New York Estonian House once a week.* Estonia’s first president Konstantin Päts complimented her on …

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Pediatrician Lea Salmistu-de Souza in France: A 12-year voyage to private practice

„I always thought that I would never want to live anywhere but in Estonia, neither did I want to learn French. Now I will never say ‘never.’“ This is how Lea Salmistu-de Souza – a pediatrician, specialising in allergology – looks back at her decision, made 12 years ago, to …

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