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New Estonian documentaries to celebrate the country’s centenary

Many long-awaited Estonian documentaries will premiere in 2018 and all of them are fitting in their own way to celebrate the 100th birthday of the nation. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian Film Institute. The new documentaries look to the past more than to the modern day. We …

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PICTURES: Estonian community in the Netherlands dedicate an oak field to Estonia

The members of the Estonian community in the Netherlands opened a field of oak trees near Amsterdam, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The oak field was opened near Amsterdam on 24 March and presented as a “gift” from the Estonians living in the Netherlands. “We …

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Stanford to host a roundtable featuring Baltic foreign ministers and professor Anna Grzymala-Busse

On 1 June, the Stanford University Libraries will hold a roundtable featuring Baltic foreign ministers and political scientist Anna Grzymala-Busse as part of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University. The roundtable is titled “Baltic exceptionalism?” and it’s featuring Sven Mikser, the foreign minister of Estonia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, his Latvian …

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A ballet created in honour of Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres

A new ballet, created in honour of the chess grandmaster, Paul Keres, once the most famous Estonian in the world, will premiere in September at the Estonian National Opera. Once upon a time, Paul Keres (1916-1975) was the most distinguished Estonian around the globe – his fame in the chess …

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Video: Estonians create a unique birthday invitation for the whole world to visit Estonia

On 24 February, Estonians launched a unique invitation to invite people to the Estonian centenary – in a cooperation of 2,552 Estonians who all uploaded a photo of themselves to participate in the project. The goal of the project was to create, together with a great number of Estonian people, …

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The Estonian centennial parade: Thoughts by an Italian

Based on her experience at the Estonian centennial parade, the Tallinn-based Italian expat, Milena Spigaglia, cites Estonia’s perceived lack of distance between its leaders and the people as a positive example, especially compared with the more elitist approach of Italian leaders. There I was, on Saturday morning, celebrating the Estonian independent statehood. There was …

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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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Video: 100 years of breath-taking Estonian landscapes

The London-based Estonian expat, René Küüsvek, has created a short video that captures the charm of Estonia. Küüsvek dedicated the video to Estonia’s centennial. “Like the people of Estonia, its wilderness is calm, beautiful and awe-inspiring. This video captures that charm and I wish Estonians across the world peace, joy and …

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