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New to Estonia – how will the recent immigrants integrate?

In recent years, thousands of people from all corners of the world have chosen Estonia as their destination for work and study. Increasingly, more of them settle in the country. In addition, Estonia has agreed to accommodate hundreds of war refugees – first seven people arrived to the country in …

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How I fell in love with Hiiumaa and discovered the Estonian passion

Iris van Genuchten, originally from the Netherlands, writes how she ended up in the Estonian island of Hiiumaa and fell in love with it, discovering the Estonian passion along the way. Some encounters pass by gradually, almost unnoticed, until some years later that encounter turns out to be a key moment …

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Foreign ambassadors urge Estonia to do more about the HIV epidemic

The American, British and Finnish ambassadors to Estonia urge the parliament to do more about the spread of HIV in the country, saying the situation of the epidemic is “gravely concerning”. The US ambassador, James D Melville, Jr, the British ambassador, Chris Holtby, and the Finnish ambassador, Kristi Narinen, have …

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Estonian knitting in the Netherlands and the knitting seamen

In modern Estonia, (folk) traditions are still valued in both the country and city life. It’s therefore intriguing to discover that apart from the Estonians carrying out their own traditions, there are also others who carry out these Estonian traditions. Dutch Knitters Among these traditions are the Estonian handicrafts: ceramics, …

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Former US ambassador Jeff Levine joins Estonian startup Teleport

The former US ambassador to Tallinn, Jeff Levine, has joined the Estonian startup, Teleport, a company that helps people find the best and most affordable place to live and work. Teleport announced Levine will join the company to lead its “user engagement efforts”. With the assignment, Levine, who recently retired …

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10 reasons why a Spanish Erasmus student loves Estonia

Isabel Fernández Felipe, an Erasmus student from Spain, who took psychology lessons in Tallinn University last year, fell in love with Tallinn and Estonia. In the beginning I thought Tallinn wouldn’t be the best place to live because of the weather and the different culture that might seem distant. But …

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Settling in Estonia will become easier for foreign specialists

Starting from January, the amendments to the current Estonian legislation will make settling easier for foreign specialists and highly qualified people looking for long-term self-fulfilment in Estonia. From January, a foreigner who comes to work in Estonia is able to simultaneously work for several employers, upon the condition that the person compiles …

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