Estonians in Sweden

Estonians in Sweden condemn EKRE’s attacks in a public appeal

The Estonian community in Sweden, in a public appeal, addressed to the Estonian president, prime minister and chancellor of justice, condemn EKRE’s attacks on minorities and say they’re not going to watch silently how Estonia is moving towards the Hungarian and Polish autocratic societies. Estonian World publishes the appeal in …

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Sweden to allocate SEK10 million to promote “special relations” with Estonia

Swedish government announced that it intends to allocate SEK30 million to promote a broad exchange between Swedes and Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, with a special focus on promoting relations between young people. The announcement was made by the Swedish foreign affairs minister, Margot Wallström, who met with her Baltic colleagues …

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Beebi Boomers – the children of fate

Andres Simonson writes about the Beebi Boomers – the children born in the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and other countries to native Estonian political refugees who fled the Soviet invasion and the illegal occupation of their fatherland.* In the war-torn Estonia of 1944, two families from disparate parts of the country make a …

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Toomas Tuulse started to learn the piano when he was eight years old. Photo: Kristiina Gilts Stenhardt

Toomas Tuulse 70: “Working with choirs has been an unbroken thread in my life”

Toomas Tuulse is a multifaceted, radiant person – a composer, pianist and a choir conductor; no major concert or celebration within the Stockholm Estonian community takes place without him. Like tens of thousands of others, his parents fled Estonia in the autumn of 1944 and reached Sweden’s shores. How was …

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“Size doesn’t matter”: Estonian design in Stockholm

From 3-27 May, the Estonian design review exhibition, “Size doesn’t matter”, will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Designgalleriet. Nearly 50 designers are represented – both the established as well as the newly graduated, young, promising artists. The Estonian collection is characteristic to the Nordic country – minimalist in …

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Sweden’s Estonian community protests against Russian pipeline in Gotland

The Estonian National Congress of Sweden (ENCS) adopted a resolution on 23 April, expressing concern regarding the security situation in the Baltic Sea area, pointing out that the decisions that are about to be made by the local authorities on Sweden’s Gotland island could have a severe impact on the …

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Tuulikki Bartosik’s chatterbox, accordion and eight languages

The multifaceted Estonian accordionist and music teacher, Tuulikki Bartosik, debuted her first album “Storied Sounds” at the recent Tallinn Music Week. The album is a collection of tunes written and recorded over many years and compiled into one album. Bartosik’s classical and theoretical studies, with a master’s degree in traditional …

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Ilon Wikland: “All along, I’ve been trying to paint the emotions”

Ilon Wikland is an Estonian-Swedish artist and illustrator, renowned for her illustrations for the world-famous Swedish children author Astrid Lindgren. Born in Tartu in 1930, and raised in Haapsalu, on Estonia’s western coast, Wikland fled from the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1944 and found a safe haven in Sweden. A …

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