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The Estonian sailboat, Admiral Bellingshausen, about to set sail to Antarctica. Photo by the Estonian Maritime Museum.

An Estonian sailboat is sailing to Antarctica to celebrate its discovery

On 11 July, the Estonian sailboat, Admiral Bellingshausen, set sail from Kronstadt, St Petersburg, Russia, to Antarctica to celebrate 200 years from the discovery of the continent by the Russian admiral, Fabial Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who was born in the Estonian island of Saaremaa. The more than six-month long popular …

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The Midsummer bonfire at the Chicago Estonian House.

Video and gallery: Chicagoland Estonians celebrate Midsummer Day

The Chicagoland Estonians on 22 June gathered at the Chicago Estonian House in Riverwoods, IL, to celebrate Midsummer Day in a proper Estonian way with potato salad and shashlik and lots of folk music and dancing. Hundreds of Estonians and their descendants – from babies to seniors – gathered on …

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Estonian beliefs and rituals carried on by Jaanipäev

Along with Christmas, Jaaniõhtu (Midsummer Eve – 23 June) and Jaanipäev (Midsummer Day, St John’s Day – 24 June) are the most important holidays in the Estonian calendar – people around the country will gather with their families, or at larger events to celebrate with singing, dancing and lighting the bonfires, as …

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Estonian Chernobyl veteran: We spent six months in a radiation level 22 times higher than oral X-ray

The recently-aired HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl”, told the world in graphic detail what really happened in the worst nuclear catastrophe the human kind has ever faced; Estonian World brings you the first-hand account of an Estonian Chernobyl veteran who was forced by the Soviet authorities into the disaster zone to help …

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Gallery: Queen Margrethe visits Estonia for the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visited Estonia from 15-16 June, in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag that has a mythical connection to Tallinn, the Estonian capital. The queen, who arrived in Tallinn onboard the royal yacht Dannebrog, opened a dedicated exhibit at the Kadriorg Art Museum, participated …

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Annelinn, Tartu. Old family photo albums mostly have pictures of birthdays, weddings and funerals. People are stiff, looking into the camera. Everyday domestic life is a rare find. My photo stack is pretty much the opposite. So here’s one family photo as it’s supposed to be.

UNICEF: Estonia one of the most family-friendly countries in the EU and OECD

Estonia is one of the most family-friendly countries in the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to a new report by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data, …

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Tallinn among the most expensive cities to buy cannabis

The intolerant attitude by the Estonian authorities towards cannabis consumption has pushed the price up in the country – it’s more expensive to buy weed in Tallinn than in Oslo. According to the Global Cannabis Price Index, compiled by the Berlin-based PR group, ABCD Agency, the Estonian capital, Tallinn, is …

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Yes, we clan: Why do Estonians have a clan mentality?

Estonians, especially diaspora, are inclined towards clan mentality – but they do not fit the strict definition of a clan; so, why is this so? Although maybe more accurately described in terms of a tribe, the Estonian diaspora are rather clearly inclined to clan mentality. There is a difference between …

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