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The role of the United States in the restoration of Estonia’s independence

The US policy of not recognising the annexation of the Baltic states formed an international anchor which fostered the hope that justice would one day prevail, and strongly influenced the behaviour of other Western states for 50 years.* The Welles Declaration My experience is that the US – the biggest Western …

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The Baltic Bubble – 15 unique places to visit in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

The Baltic states reopened their internal borders on 15 May and now allow their citizens, residents and other people who legally reside in these countries to travel around in the so-called Baltic Bubble without having to submit themselves to a 14-day self-isolation; Estonian World has compiled a list of 15 …

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Estonia takes Poland off the quarantine list, adds Luxembourg

Based on the coronavirus infection rate, starting from Monday, 29 June, a two-week self-isolation requirement applies to people arriving in Estonia from Sweden, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Romania, Bulgaria and Luxembourg; compared with the week before, Estonia took off Poland from the list and added Luxembourg. Self-isolation is not required, …

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Why do Estonians celebrate midsummer on 23 June?

From dodging meteorite strikes on Saaremaa to defying Soviet rule, Adam Rang explains why midsummer’s night or Jaanilaupäev (literally, Midsummer Eve) reflects the complicated story of the Estonian people over thousands of years. A friend from England recently asked a seemingly simple question: Why do Estonians celebrate midsummer two days …

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People arriving in Estonia from six European countries will need to self-isolate

People arriving in Estonia from six European countries – Poland, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal and the United Kingdom – will need to self-isolate for two weeks; arrivals from other European countries are exempt. Based on the coronavirus infection rate, starting from Monday, 22 June, a two-week self-isolation requirement applies to …

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Estonia replaces the 2+2 rule with the requirement to disperse

The Estonian government on 18 June decided to replace the 2+2 rule with the requirement for people to disperse, meaning that people must continue to keep a safe distance from others. “Considering the decrease in the spread of the coronavirus, the government decided today to relax the 2+2 rule requirement; …

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Meet the Estonian “mermaid”, Merle Liivand, who is helping save the oceans

Estonian World interviews Estonia’s most famous “mermaid”, the Florida-based Merle Liivand, who is helping save the oceans and, at the same time, hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics; right now, Liivand is also competing for votes to be the Maxim magazine cover girl. The Estonian professional swimmer, Merle Liivand, …

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