Better Estonia

The people have spoken: 33 ideas on how to make Tallinn great again

A recent event in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, organised by Estonishing Evenings and Estonian World, featured a discussion on how to make Tallinn so awesome that people would want to stay and never leave again – this is what the audience came up with. “A good city is like a …

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Annika Arras: Estonia’s development depends on our readiness for collaboration

Annika Arras, a political and marketing communication expert, writes how to improve the Estonian society through more cooperation between different segments of society. Let me start by explaining why I consider myself an incurable optimist. I recently read an article that talked about the origins of the idiom “black sheep”. …

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The Estonian Institute launches a new programme to integrate newcomers

The Estonian Institute, a non-governmental organisation that promotes Estonian culture, will start a new project called “Culture Step”, aimed at English and Russian-speaking residents in Estonia. The number of newcomers living in Estonia is increasing steadily, and for many, the Estonian customs and traditions are still not familiar. Surveys show …

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The struggle to get an apartment as a non-white single guy in Estonia

A Pakistani expat recounts his experience of diving and surviving the Estonian rental market and learning during the process. It was the start of my third year in Estonia, when I found out that I needed to look for an apartment. I had been putting it off for a while …

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The Estonian Opinion Festival to include a number of English-language panels

Estonians are gathering in Paide for the sixth time for a real grass-roots democracy building event; the Opinion Festival – also called “a rock festival of words” – unites Estonians, but not only: the festival also features number of English-language panels. This year’s Opinion Festival will treat participants to 12 English-language …

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Estonia is among the top 30 freest countries in the world – report

According to this year’s Freedom in the World report, compiled by Freedom House, Estonia is among the freest countries in the world – and even more free than the United States. Estonia scores 94 out of a hundred in the Freedom in the World 2018 report, ranking the country the …

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