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Estonian students create a cordless desk lamp made from surplus furniture

A company established by Estonian high school students has created a portable and sustainable battery-powered wooden desk lamp that is made from furniture factory surplus oak wood. “Design lamps can be seen nearly everywhere, as well as ones made of wood. Even wireless lamps are becoming more and more common. …

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Estonia’s COVID-19 portal ceases operations in protest against the homophobic government

The Estonian information portal, koroonakaart.ee, that provided multilingual real-time data on the coronavirus in Estonia, ceased operations on 22 October as the site’s co-developer, Keegan McBride, decided to protest against the current Estonian government’s homophobic attitude. “The current government coalition has shown time and time again that, to them, some …

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Estonia drops below the OECD average in its Digital Government Index 2019

Estonia – often touted, mostly by itself, as a world-leading e-state – has fallen below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average in the organisation’s Digital Government Index 2019; this drop in the index has irritated some of the former Estonian leaders who hold the current government accountable. The …

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Estonia and the US sign an agreement to support partnerships in research and innovation

Estonia and the United States have signed a science and technology agreement that will support future partnerships in research and innovation. The United States’ undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, Keith Krach, and the Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, signed the agreement in Tallinn on 19 …

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Estonia and the US boost digital transformation in development cooperation

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, and Bonnie Glick, the deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development on 21 October signed a joint declaration in Tallinn on enhancing bilateral cooperation on the digital transformation in development cooperation partner countries. According to the joint statement, Estonia and the US …

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Estonia helps organise a hackathon to seek solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa

Estonia and the African Union, in cooperation with Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Poland, are organising an online hackathon to seek solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa that have been amplified by the novel coronavirus crisis. The EU-Africa hackathon, arranged with partners from Garage48, an Estonian startup organisation, and Smart Africa, …

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Aviation cluster: Estonia can become a top 20 aeronautics country

According to the Estonian Aviation Cluster, Estonia can become one of the top 20 aeronautics countries in the world. The Estonian Aviation Cluster, an NGO supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Estonia, was established in early 2019 and aims to give a boost to the country’s aviation …

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This is what the Solaride solar-powered car is supposed to look like when it's finished. Photo by Solaride.

Estonian student organisation prepares for an international solar race

An Estonian student organisation is working to compete in an international solar race in 2021 in Australia with a solar-powered car. Solaride is a student organisation that exemplifies the changing climates of Estonia. Its most long-term goal is to produce an affordable and reliable solar-powered car for mass production, and …

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Estonian researchers test a self-driving car at the Rally Estonia test stage

Estonian researchers from the University of Tartu and rideshare provider Bolt tested a self-driving car at the Rally Estonia test stage on 4 September; the vehicle became the world’s first self-driving car to successfully drive at the official World Rally Championship rally stage. “The goal of the test drive was …

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