Estonian traditions

Five things you need to know if you’re hiring an Estonian

There’s a saying that Southern Europeans are like peaches, whilst us Northern Europeans are like coconuts. That is to say, that the more expressive Southern nations tend to produce people who are warm and welcoming, and soft on the outside  –  but with a core that is nonetheless difficult at times to …

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The world’s biggest sauna marathon to take place in Estonia

For the past six years, the Estonian winter capital, Otepää, has played host to a sauna marathon where hundreds of competitors sweat to visit as many of the outposts as possible in the shortest time. The European Sauna Marathon, as it’s called, will be held for the sixth time on …

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Canada’s “Forest University”: connecting to what is intrinsically Estonian

Canada’s “Forest University” – “Metsaülikool” in Estonian – is a cultural phenomenon. Find out how this year’s theme of spiritual health deeply touched the participants’ souls. I knew the “Metsaülikool” (MÜ) magic had begun when Sirje Kiin came bustling determinedly toward me, wrapped in a big towel, on her way …

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Võrumaa smoke sauna tradition added in UNESCO cultural heritage list

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has decided to inscribe the Võrumaa smoke sauna tradition, practiced in southern Estonia, on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The smoke sauna tradition, or “suidsusannakombõ”, as it is known in the local dialect, is an important part of the …

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Estonian communities around the world: keeping the flag flying in Sydney

Australia hosts the fifth largest Estonian community in the world. Among the Estonians currently living in Australia, the Sydney community is the liveliest one. The first Estonians settled in Australia in 1853, and the first Estonian society was established in Melbourne in 1914. During the course of the Second World …

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Children choir from Piedmont experiences a life-changing concert at the Estonian Song Celebration

Singing with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir has connected Tate Bissinger with numerous places in the world – from Slovakia to Germany. But on the weekend of 5-6 July 2014, singing connected her with something bigger and more powerful than anything she’d ever experienced. It happened in Estonia – …

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