Better Estonia

A new target for Estonia – a podium place in the global competition for talent

In order to be competitive also in the future global talent market, Estonia needs to build an attractive environment that provides everything necessary for people and their families near where they live, Kalle Palling, an Estonian MP, writes. The future of work will be one of the greatest challenges in …

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BIG INTERVIEW: Kersti Kaljulaid: A small country has only one natural resource – between our ears

In a wide-ranging interview with Estonian World, the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, said that a small country like Estonia only has one natural resource and it is located between our ears; and therefore, education that is accessible to all children is a good thing that the country must keep. Kersti …

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Estonian cancer treatment fund asks for Estonian-Americans’ help

The Hille Tänavsuu Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation, an Estonian fund that helps cancer patients buy lifesaving medicine, asks for Estonian-Americans’ help to give a hundred Estonian cancer patients the chance for a longer life. The foundation wishes to celebrate the country’s centennial by helping a hundred cancer patients …

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Estonia’s democracy score declines slightly in 2017

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2017, Estonia’s democracy score was in a slight decline in the past year, having dropped from 7.85 to 7.79. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks 167 countries on a scale of 0 to 10 based on 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral …

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Estonia ranks high in social justice index – but not everything is peachy

Estonia ranks 12th in this year’s Bertelsmann Foundation’s Social Justice in the EU index; however, the country ranks lowest in health-related issues, like the people’s healthy lifespan and inequality across income groups. “Across the six social justice dimensions that comprise our index, Estonia places among the top ten in three …

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Editorial: Estonia needs to stop ignoring its gender pay gap

According to Eurostat, Estonia has the biggest gender pay gap of all European countries, with Estonian women effectively working for free since 23 September. For many years, Estonia has had the largest gender pay gap in the European Union. On average, women in Estonia earn just 73 per cent of …

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Estonian drinks maker stands up for LGBTQ rights

An Estonian beverage company, called Punch Drinks, has invented a witty way to show its support for the Estonian LGBTQ community. Although the gender-neutral civil partnership law (called Registered Partnership Act) was passed in Estonia in 2014 – the country became the first formerly Soviet-occupied state do so – the law has still …

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Top 12 most outstanding Estonian statespeople

On the occasion of the day celebrating the restoration of independence, Estonian World has chosen 12 of Estonia’s most outstanding statespeople in recent times. In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian parliamentarians decided to take advantage of the chaos in Moscow – the conservative Soviet hardliners had gone on offensive against …

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