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The people have spoken: 33 ideas on how to make Tallinn great again

A recent event in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, organised by Estonishing Evenings and Estonian World, featured a discussion on how to make Tallinn so awesome that people would want to stay and never leave again – this is what the audience came up with. “A good city is like a …

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Mercer ranks Tallinn 87th on quality of living

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks the Estonian capital, Tallinn, 87th in its 2018 index. The survey’s important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability, public transport and access to goods and services. Tallinn is given the same rank as Limassol, Cyprus, coming after Athens, Greece (86) and before Durban, South Africa (89). …

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Estonishing Evenings: How to make Tallinn great again?

The Estonishing Evenings series continues in the Estonian capital, this time discussing how to make Tallinn so awesome that people would want to stay and never leave again. “A good city is like a good party – people stay longer than really necessary, because they are enjoying themselves,” Jan Gehl, a renowned …

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PICTURES: Eesti autumn through the eyes of photographer Tõnu Runnel

The Estonian summer is a great nostalgic brand, a destination on its own. But once the autumn hits, everyone leaves. Not just the migratory birds and the summer-Estonians of the world, but also those who go to school and work in our few bigger towns. They leave their country houses, …

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UPDATED: Are house owners in Estonia racist to foreign tenants?

Racial discrimination in renting apartments has been turning into a critical problem for expats living in Tallinn, Toyon Mas, a master’s student at the University of Tartu, writes. The question has been raised after a post made by one of the potential foreign tenants from Cameroon in a Facebook group …

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Tallinn city government’s response to Estonian World’s editorial

Priit Simson, an advisor to the mayor of Tallinn, responds to the editorial Estonian World published on 10 July. The lesson of the so called “racism scandal” is this – we need more communication and less phobias. It’s easy to awake phobias these days and it’s quite hard to chase …

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Editorial: When the Tallinn mayor and his deputies lost the plot

The head of the traffic department at the Tallinn Transport Board appeared to poke fun at black people, cheered on by the city’s mayor, Taavi Aas, and deputy mayor, Aivar Riisalu – all wittingly or unwittingly engaging in a racist practice. It has emerged that during the Tallinn city government’s …

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Tallinn nosedives in the global financial centres index

The Estonian capital has fallen from the 44th position to 79th in the Global Financial Centres Index. Since 2007, Z/Yen Group, a London-based commercial think-tank, and the Shenzhen-based China Development Institute, have published the Global Financial Centres Index. It’s a study of the competitiveness of financial centres based on several assessments from an online …

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UK comparison website: Tallinn one of the top five locations to start a business

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the top five locations for millennials to start a business, according to the data of a British comparison website. According to the data released by GoCompare, Tallinn has a reputation for being digitally savvy and it tops the leaderboard owing to a …

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A company plans to launch the first public smoke sauna in Tallinn

A newly-founded Estonian startup plans to open the first public smoke sauna in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, by the winter of 2018, and intends to introduce the Estonian sauna culture to more people around the world. The company, Estonian Saunas, was founded by Anni Oviir and Adam Rang from inside …

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