Global Estonians

Sir Arvi Parbo, an Estonian-Australian mining entrepreneur and a knight – obituary

Sir Arvi Parbo, one of Australia’s most well-known and recognised mining entrepreneurs, and probably the only knighted Estonian, died on 1 May at the age of 93 in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian newspaper, Financial Review, calls Parbo “one of corporate Australia’s most significant figures”. “Sir Arvi Parbo will be fondly …

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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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Estonian expats to hold cultural days in New York in April

Estonian expats are to hold cultural days in New York City in April; the programme offers a variety of events from films and theatre to a startup showcase. According to the organisers, the five-day programme, from 3-7 April 2019, offers a wide spectrum of events, including movies, theatre, musicians and …

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ESTO 2019 – Our future: looking ahead to a global network of Estonian youth

ESTO 2019, a global cultural festival, strives to empower Estonian youth across the globe by uniting them through a network of likeminded individuals; this network will preserve the cultural heritage and strengthen it by adapting it to fulfil present day needs. ESTO 2019 is the XII global Estonian cultural festival. …

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Marcus Kolga: Canadians can learn from the Estonian-Canadian experience

Marcus Kolga, the current president of the Estonian Central Council in Canada, said at the Estonian independence day flag-raising ceremony in Toronto that all Canadians should know why the Estonian community came to Canada and take a note of the wonderful things they have achieved in the country. Our families …

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WATCH: Pre-election discussion in Toronto on Estonian diaspora issues

Representatives from the major Estonian political parties are participating in an open debate at the Estonian House in Toronto, Canada, for a pre-election discussion on the global community of Estonians. Participants Meelis Niinepuu (Estonia 200), Urmas Reinsalu (Pro Patria/Isamaa), Imre Sooäär (the Centre Party), Jaak Madison (the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia), Eerik-Niiles Kross (the …

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For Estonian refugees, a masthead made a new home, half a world away

Estonians fleeing the aftermath of the Second World War and the Soviet occupation found their voice in Australia via a newspaper that continues to this day; Silvi Vann-Wall reports on Meie Kodu (Our Home) and the community it continues to serve. In the tumultuous time after the Second World War, and throughout the Soviet …

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Ahto Valter – the Estonian who sailed around the world

It took nine years of detective work to finish a documentary about Ahto Valter, the first Estonian to sail around the world; this layered story about a hero from a past era takes the viewer on a journey through time. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian Film Institute. …

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100 years of Estonian song and dance showcased in Leicester

The fifth European Estonian Song and Dance Festival took place in Leicester, the UK, as part of Estonia’s centenary celebrations. By Katrin Puutsa, Reet Järvik, Toomas Ojasoo The festival, taking place from 7-9 September, brought together Estonian choirs, singers and dancers from 14 European countries. The main objectives of the …

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