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LGBT+ rights: Estonia ranks 21st on Rainbow Europe map

Estonia ranks 21st among the 49 European countries in terms of the laws and policies that protect the rights of the LGBT+ community, according to an assessment by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). Now in its 10th year, the ILGA-Europe ranking analysed laws and policies …

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15 years of Estonia’s EU membership – victories, challenges and future developments

Estonia has been a member state of the European Union for 15 years – Estonian World takes a closer look at the journey towards the EU, the biggest achievements during these years and contemplates the developments and challenges the country might face in the future.  The first vote in my …

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Estonia slightly improves its happiness ranking

According to the World Happiness Report 2019, Estonians are the 55th happiest people in the world, having improved their ranking compared with 2018 by eight places. In the World Happiness Report 2018, Estonia only ranked 63rd. The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, …

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Estonia is looking for people’s help with its 15-year long-term strategy

The Estonian ministry of finance has started a new long-term strategy process for the country and is looking for people’s help to find what words should describe Estonia in the year 2035. The ministry is looking to reach Estonians and Estonian enthusiasts all over the world and have created a …

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Estonian World is again rated number one authority on Estonia by a French agency

Estonian World has again been rated the number one authority on Estonia on the social media by the Paris-based agency, Agilience. According to the agency, Estonian World “is rated #1 Estonia authority, covering also Tallinn and [the] Baltic states” for May 2019. The Estonian government is rated the number two …

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Estonia ranked 11th in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Estonia has been ranked 11th among 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, having improved its ranking compared with 2018 by one spot. According to Reporters Without Borders, journalists in Estonia are working in a broadly favourable environment, but media ownership is still highly …

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Hafiz Abdul Manan: The case for modern Estonian identity

Hafiz Abdul Manan, a mechanical engineer and a Pakistani expat living in Tallinn, argues that the fundamental cause of current Estonian political tension is rooted in crisis of values; Estonians need to unite and forge an identity that not just nurtures their culture and traditions but also makes them a …

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A concert organised by Estonian grassroots movement Kõigi Eesti reaches over 80,000 people

The Kõigi Eesti grassroots movement that was started in March out of concern about the recent developments in the Estonian politics, stepped out of the social media by organising a free concert in the Estonian capital on 14 April – which over 10,000 people attended and over 70,000 watched it …

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Kõigi Eesti citizen movement to host a free concert at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

The Kõigi Eesti grassroots movement that was started by hundreds of residents of Estonia, connected by their concern about the recent developments in the Estonian politics, is stepping out of the social media by organising a free concert in the Estonian capital on 14 April. The Kõigi Eesti (#kõigieesti #общаяэстония …

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