Estonian history

30 pictures of the Soviet-era street scenes in Tallinn

Estonian World takes a glimpse into an increasingly forgotten era – the street scenes of the Soviet Union-occupied Estonia (1944-1991) and, specifically, the country’s capital Tallinn at the time. The Hungarian-made Ikarus bus was the backbone of the Tallinn public transport system in the 1970s and 80s, all the way …

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Queen Margrethe to visit Estonia for the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will pay a visit to Estonia in June, in conjunction with the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag that has a mythical connection to Tallinn, the Estonian capital. The Danish legend says the country got its flag, known as the Dannebrog, during the battle that took …

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An exhibition about fine arts and fashion inspired by the Soviet era opens in Tallinn

A new exhibition has opened at the Kumu art museum in Tallinn about the socialist art of the 1970s and 1980s in fine arts and the post-Soviet aesthetic of the 2010s in fashion. 21 July 1940. Estonians lose their freedom to the Soviet Union. Besides the restrictions that came upon …

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Book introduction – “My Formative Years”, by Johan Pitka

“My Formative Years” is an autobiography of a famous Estonian military commander, Sir Johan Pitka (1872-1944); first published in the 1930s Estonia, it has now been translated into English, and talks about Pitka’s “golden years” of youth.  Pitka is one of the most famous Estonian historical and military figures. He led the Estonian …

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: the Nazis murdered, among others, a promising Estonian painter

Among the 7,000 Estonians murdered by the Nazis was a promising Fauvist painter Karl Pärsimägi. Education is lacking in some compartments in Estonia. While there’s plenty of information about the Soviet crimes committed during the occupation of Estonia – and justifiably so – there are sadly still many people who …

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Estonian and Finnish defence ministers commemorate the dead of the War of Independence

The defence ministers of Estonia and Finland on 3 January commemorated the fallen of the Estonian War of Independence in the Estonian town of Kuusalu. The ministers remembered the crucial battles of the war that took place 100 years ago, laid wreaths at the Kuusalu cemetery and dedicated a headstone …

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Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam to be awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

The Estonian member of the European Parliament, Tunne Kelam, is to be awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will award the Medal of Freedom, alongside with Kelam, also to the former president of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, and …

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