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Mexico to give Estonia 30 murals for its centenary

Mexican graffiti artists are to decorate 30 buildings in Tallinn during the 2017 street art festival, Mextonia; these murals will be Mexico’s present to Estonia for the latter’s centenary, celebrated in 2018. The Mexican graffiti artists will paint some 4,000 square metres of public space during the festival that is …

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From Silicon Valley to Tartu to study and build an IT company

American Chris Willmore quit his job at Yahoo! and came to live and work in Tartu, the second largest town in Estonia. How and why? I am an American who grew up in sunny California. I studied computer science at the University of California in Berkeley, one of the top-ranked programmes …

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Tallinn hosts the first regional meeting of English-language authors

Will Write For Food (WWFF), the Tallinn-based alliance of freelance writers and editors, is to host a regional meeting of English-language writers, editors, journalists and content buyers in the Estonian capital. According to the organisers, the event is northern Europe’s first-ever gathering of its kind, where experiences, best practices and …

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Five cultural differences when I moved to Estonia: a British expat’s view

Every country has cultural differences. These are the five that David Bailey, a British expat in Tallinn, immediately noticed. I moved to Estonia in the summer of 2014. Married to an Estonian with three young children, I wanted to try my chances at living in another country. So I packed …

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An interactive platform to help new arrivals to Estonia

A new interactive mobile learning platform, called About Estonia, is to offer foreigners to the country the help they need to understand the Estonian society and systems. Liis Paloots of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) Estonia, said in a statement that foreigners to Estonia often have a vast array …

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Silver Tambur: Non-native residents benefit Estonia

High rewards with almost zero problems: Estonia’s experience with its non-native resident population in the last 25 years has been extremely positive. Residents of the non-native community of Estonia participated for the first time in the Opinion Festival, reflecting on their life in the country. Co-hosted by the Estonian World …

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Estonian World co-hosts a public discussion with non-native residents at the Opinion Festival

The Estonian World magazine will collaborate with the Estonia 100 team to host an English-language public discussion at the annual Opinion Festival in Paide. In 2018, the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its centenary. In anticipation of the anniversary, preparations are already underway and a dedicated programme, Estonia 100, has …

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Justin Zehmke: Move to Estonia, they said. It will be easy, they said

Justin Zehmke, who recently moved to Tallinn from Cape Town, South Africa, writes about his rollercoaster experience of settling in Estonia – and has some hard-learned advice for the Estonian government and businesses. The Arrival In early December 2015, while rather casually considering applying for the Estonian e-residency, I came across …

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Global ambassadors of Estonian e-governance studies

International students have found Estonia on their path. One of them is Crystal LaGrone from Oklahoma, the United States. LaGrone is currently half-way through the e-governance technologies and services master’s programme at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT). In Estonia today, there are dozens of institutions offering higher education, including public …

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