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Closing Ceremony Held for Tallinn Capital of Culture 2011
Tallinn's year as the European Capital of Culture is drawing to a close. On 22 December the closing ceremony of the European Capital of Culture 2011 took place in various parts of Tallinn. At Freedom Square, ...
Kanter, Aljand voted Athletes of the Year
After an eventful sporting year, the efforts of Estonia's best athletes were recognised in an awards ceremony on 27 December. Best male athlete went to discus thrower Gerd Kanter, who in 2011 took silver ...
New air temperature high for Dec 27 measured in Estonia
The weather has never before been as warm in Estonia on Dec. 27 as this year, data of the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology show. Read more...
Moody's confirms A1 rating for Estonia
Moody's Investors Service on Friday issued the annual credit report on Estonia confirming its A1 long-term ratings and stable outlook. Read more...
Estonian Swimmers Bring Home Medals from European Short Course Swimming Championships
Estonian swimmers Triin Aljand and Martti Aljand both took home medals from the European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Szczecin, Poland, from 8-11 December. Read more...
Major Estonian Festival in France Ends
Today marks the end of the Estonian cultural festival held in the greater Paris metro area, Estonie Tonique. Two months saw over 200 performances, concerts, exhibitions, screenings of films, literary evenings, ...
Examiner Names Tallinn’s Christmas Market One of Best in Europe
Tallinn, Estonia – This market is relatively new, having been founded in 1991. However, the Tallinn Christmas Market has made a name for itself in Europe as one of the most charming and romantic festivals ...
Mysterious Ancient Arrowhead Dug Up in Saaremaa
A crossbow arrowhead discovered in archeological excavations at Saaremaa's Kuressaare Castle is unique in the world. Read more...
Bird Watchers Delighted by Rare Seasonal Sightings
During a two-day trip to Saaremaa, bird watchers spotted three types of birds that haven't been seen in Estonia in wintertime before. Read more...
'Let's Do It' Expands to Mediterranean
The grassroots campaign "Let's do it" - which originated in Estonia but is spreading quickly to other countries - was a key topic of discussion during the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly's meeting ...
Artificial Fish Travels to International Robotics Festival
The artificial fish created by the Center of Biorobotics at the Tallinn University of Technology is featured at the international Robotville Festival in London from December 1 to 4.The annually held four-day ...
Estonia's Image on the Rise, Says Brand Survey
A study of country brand strength carried out by the international consultancy FutureBrand has found that Estonia still has a relatively weak image globally, but that its star is rising. Read more...
OECD Calls for 8% Growth This Year
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has increased its forecast for Estonian economic growth this year but lowered its projection for next year. The OECD said this summer the domestic ...
Young Estonian Wins Prestigious F1 Talent Competition
A 15-year-old Estonian formula one driver Tristan Viidas won the Formula BMW Talent Cup held in Valencia from November 21 to 22. Read more...
Museum Confirms Salme Find as Oldest Known Viking Sailing Ship
The Estonian Maritime Museum's research says one of the ancient ships found in archeological excavations in Salme in 2008 was so seaworthy that it could have been used as a sailed warship on the open sea. Read ...
Black Nights Film Festival Main Program Gets Under Way
The main program of the 15th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival opens today, bringing a vast selection of world cinema to the Estonian audience until November 30. Read more...
Estonia Vs. Ireland Ends 1-1 in Dublin
Having recovered from the severe thrashing in Tallinn, Estonia ended their most successful ever European Football Championship preliminaries with a draw against Republic of Ireland in Dublin's Aviva Stadium. Read ...
Tartu Scientists Create 'Smart Glass'
Scientists at the University of Tartu have created a glass surface that can be rendered opaque at the flick of a button, allowing it to be used as window shades. The secret of the creation lies in a special ...
Estonian-Designed Loudspeakers Win International Award
Loudspeakers created by the Tallinn-based design think tank Estelon received the CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award on November 8. The group's XA DIAMOND model, which was honored in the ...
Tartu University Among World's Top 1% for Engineering
The University of Tartu made it among the world's top 1 percent in engineering, freshly published data by the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) reveal. According to Alar Karis, rector of the university, ...
UN report: Estonia still among very high human development countries
Estonia persists among countries of very high human development, being in the 34th place from the top among 187 countries. Compared with last year Estonia's place in the list has not changed; last year ...
Guardian article on President Ilves: The man who made E-stonia
How did Toomas Ilves, a former student radical from New Jersey, end up as president of the most successful of the Baltic states? This week Toomas Hendrik Ilves flew into Britain for meetings with David ...
Arvo Pärt to Receive Highest French State Decoration
Composer Arvo Pärt will this week be decorated with the insignia of France's highest order, the Legion of Honor.Pärt, who is in France for the Estonian culture festival "Estonie tonique", will be awarded ...
How Innovation Lifts Estonia Into Europe’s Big Leagues
Technological innovation and the financial crisis could force long-held European attitudes to change and push bigger European countries to drop their "smug" approach to smaller states, the president of ...
Estonia Sets Theme at Helsinki Book Fair
When the 11th annual Helsinki Book Fair kicks off today, the literary spotlight will shine on Estonian writers, thinkers and artists. In the coming year, a record number of Estonian authors will see their ...
Estonia Lives the European Dream
The Estonians, with little debt, an enthusiastic attitude toward Europe and a stoic approach to austerity measures, are a model EU nation in the midst of a crisis. They live in a digital republic defined ...
Tallinn Offers Medieval Charms
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is quite simply one of the most attractive cities you could hope to find. If it appears on your business trip agenda, consider yourself lucky, unless of course you have ...
Slovenian Win Sends Estonia to Euro 2012 Playoffs
Estonian national football team has won a ticket to next month's all-important Euro 2012 qualification playoffs thanks to a 1-0 victory by Slovenia over Serbian rivals on October 11. Read more...
Over a Million Tourists Stayed in Estonian Hotels in Summer Months
For the first time ever the number of foreign and domestic tourists who stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments during the three summer months of June to August surpassed one million, Statistics ...
Estonian president takes oath of office in parlt
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, elected for the second term of office, Monday took his oath of office in parliament and began his second term of office. Read more...
Estonian Culture Festival "Estonie tonique" Begins in France
A two-month-long festival introducing everything Estonian to France will start on October 7 with an a capella concert by the Estonian National Male Choir at the church of St. Eustache in downtown Paris. ...
Tartu University Makes it into Top 400 in World University Rankings
Estonia's University of Tartu has for the first time merited a spot in the World University Rankings of Times Higher Education (THE), placing in the shared 350th to 400th position in this year's rankings. Read ...
Kanepi Beats Wozniacki in Three Sets
World's number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was defeated by Kaia Kanepi (WTA 46th) in the third round of the Pan Pacific Open tournament in Tokyo. Read more...
Estonia Has Least Polluted Urban Air in the World
Levels of fine airborne particles in Estonia's urban areas are the lowest in the world, a comparative table published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 26 September reveals. The Indian Ocean island ...
Tech University Opens Silicon Valley Office
Tallinn University of Technology is opening an office in Silicon Valley hoping to strengthen ties with the Stanford and Berkley universities, and with local information technology firms. Read more...
IMF predicts 6.5 pct economic growth for Estonia for 2011
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the gross domestic product (GDP) of Estonia will grow 6.5 percent this year and 4.0 percent in 2012. Read more...
Estonia ranks 15th on Fraser's 2011 economic freedom scoreboard
Estonia dropped to place 15 from last year's place 12 in the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the World 2011 annual report published on Tuesday. Read more...
Creator of mobile payment platform Fortumo wins Estonian Entrepreneurship Award
The main award of the competition Entrepreneurship Award 2011, organized by Enterprise Estonia, went to the creator of a mobile payments platform Fortumo OU. Read more...
Estonia keeps 33rd position in WEF competitiveness rankings
Estonia has been ranked 33rd on the competitiveness scoreboard of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for 2011, unchanged from last year. Read more...
Estonia's Tartu University rises 50s place in world universities list
According to a recent list of QS World University Rankings Estonia's Tartu University (TU) has climbed about 50 places to the 500 to 551 best universities. Already for the third year running Tartu University ...
Estonia's Kanter takes silver in men's discus in Athletics World Championships
Estonian athlete Gerd Kanter took silver in men's discus final at the13th World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea with a throw of 66.95 meters on Tuesday. Read more...
Ilves wins second term as Estonian president
Incumbent President Toomas Hendrik Ilves secured a second five-year term as the country's head of state in the first round of presidential vote by the parliament on Monday. 57-year-old Ilves was supported ...
20th Anniversary of Restoration of Estonia’s Independence to Be Celebrated with Several Major Events
On 20 August 2011 Estonia will be celebrating 20 years since the independence of its country was restored with a number of fascinating events. Read more...
S&P Upgrades Estonia's Rating to AA
On August 9, Standard & Poor's raised Estonia's credit rating from A to AA-, a perceived nod to its stringent budgetary policies. In its statement, the agency said that it believes in "Estonia's strong ...
Reference book of statistics now available also via smart equipment
The pocket-sized reference book "Minifacts about Estonia 2011" is now available on iPad and iPhone. Read more...
Reference book of statistics now available for smart devices also via smart equipment
The pocket-sized reference book “Minifacts about Estonia 2011” is now available for iPad and iPhone. Read more...
Estonia Emerges as European Leader in Air Passenger Growth
Estonia has emerged as the fastest-growing aviation market in Europe with a growth rate of 37.1 percent in passenger numbers in the first six months of this year, Tallinn Airport and Estonian Air said ...
International Students Rate Estonia Top Place to Stay
A newly-published survey by the Erasmus Student Network has found that, when asked to rate their overall level of satisfaction with their stays abroad, international students gave Estonia the highest marks ...
Estonian Finishes 12th in Tour de France
Rein Taaramäe finished 12th overall in the Tour de France, the best-ever result for an Estonian rider. The 24-year-old came in second in the youth standings, 46 seconds behind Pierre Rolland from France. Read ...
New Heat Record Measured for 2011
A new heat record for this year, 31.8 degrees Celsius, was registered on Thursday at the weather station of Sauga in the southwestern Pärnu region. Read more...
European Athletics Junior Championships Taking Place in Tallinn
No less than 954 athletes from a record 47 countries have entered the 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships taking place from 21-24 July in Tallinn, Estonia. Read more...
Tartu University in World’s Top 1% for Biology and Biochem
The University of Tartu has again made it onto an international list of elite research institutions in up-and-coming fields. According to the ISI Web of Knowledge ESI database, Tartu is among the world's ...
Fitch Upgrades Estonia's Rating to A+
The international rating agency Fitch has upgraded Estonia's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDR) to A+ from A, with the outlook as Stable. The agency also affirmed the short-term ...
European Parliament Approves Tallinn-Based IT Agency
On 5 July the European Parliament confirmed the creation of an agency for managing Schengen area IT systems that will be based in Tallinn. Read more...
Youth Prepare to Perform for Nation, the World
"The wide world begins in a small land. The big becomes big only when seen side by side with the small. A small child's perception of the world may be much wider than that of a grown-up. And a small nation ...
Estonia, the little country that could
Most Eastern European countries that were controlled by the communists have had successful political/economic transitions and are far more prosperous than they were two decades ago, but none has come as ...
Estonia Among Most Forested Countries in EU
In 2010 54% of the territory of Estonia was covered by forest and other wooded land, with which the country ranked high among the member states of the European Union that have the greatest proportion of ...
E-stonia Strikes Again, Wins 1st Place
An Estonian-produced financial reports filing system won first place in the category of government services at the World Summit Award, an infotechnological innovations competition. Read more...
Estonia's Port of Tallinn Receives 33 Percent More Cruise Passengers in May
The port of Tallinn received 60 861 cruise passengers in the first month of the traditional cruise season that kicked off on 1 May, which marks a year-on-year increase of 32.8%. Read more...
Virtual engineering platform GrabCAD raises USD 1 mln
The mechanical engineering community GrabCAD created by Estonian investors has raised 1.1 million U.S. dollars in new capital from international investors. Read more...
Science Park Acquires First EXO Electric Scooter
Tehnopol Science Park received the delivery of first EXO electric scooter which has been fully designed and manufactured in Estonia and is expected to become a successful export article. Read more. ...
The concert of the choir of Estonians in Belgium
The choir of Estonian community "Beene" and vocal group "Vocal Ease" will perform at the church St. Anne (Chaussée de Tervuren, 91, 1160 Bruxelles) on June 19th at 15 a clock. ...
Virtual Exhibition Takes Tallinn Sightseeing Online
A 360-degree online photo exhibition, which aims to take internet users straight from their computer screens to the most exciting spots in Tallinn's Old Town, was launched on June 6. Read more...
127 Years for the Blue-Black-White
Events across the nation on June 4 will mark the 127 birthday of Estonia's blue, black and white flag. The tricolor will emerge at sunrise, as always, atop the medieval tower called Pikk Hermann on the ...
Estonian jazz at Brussels Jazzmarathon
Estonian 1930s submarine pulled out of sea
In a technically complex operation that ended Saturday night, the submarine Lembit was raised from the sea at the Seaplane Port of Tallinn to be displayed at the seaplane hangars that will soon become ...
Estonia's GDP grows 8 pct on year in Q1
Estonia's gross domestic product increased by 8 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period a year ago, the national statistics office reports. Read more...
European Parliament Supports World Cleanup 2012
The European Parliament has given its endorsement to the global civic "clean-up" initiative aiming to engage millions of volunteers from Europe and other regions of the world to clean up thousands of tons ...
Skype's journey from tiny Estonian start-up to $8.5 billion Microsoft buy
Jaan Tallinn, one of the founders of Skype, explains how Estonia's post-Soviet gusto helped give rise to a company that revolutionized online communications. Read more...
Estonia good place to be a mother - study
Estonia did well in the annual mothers' and childrens' indexes of the nonprofit Save the Children, placing in the top twenty among the 164 countries surveyed. Read more...
Estonia Ranked as Free in Global Press Freedom Index
Estonia ranks in the shared 23rd place in the newly-released global press freedom index of the New York-based think tank Freedom House. Freedom House ranks countries as free, partly free and not free in ...
Estonia has smallest debt, budget gap in EU - Eurostat
The European Union's statistics agency Eurostat published on Tuesday a preliminary overview of EU member states' public debt and budget deficits in 2010 according to which Estonia had the smallest public ...
S&P revises Estonia's rating to positive
The ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Thursday announced that it has revised its outlook on Estonia to positive from stable. Read more...
Estonian Film Wins Grand Prix in Brussels Fantastic Film Festival
A 2009 film "The Temptation of St. Tony" by the Estonian filmmaker Veiko Õunpuu won the Grand Prix at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in the full-length film category. Read more...
Estonia remains among countries of high internet freedom
The US organization Freedom House placed Estonia among countries of the highest internet freedom. Freedom House studied the situation of internet freedom in 37 countries. The organization focused its attention ...
Estonia drops a notch to 26th in global IT rankings
Estonia has dropped a notch to 26th in the World Economic Forum's global information technology rankings published on Tuesday. Read more...
New Estonian government sworn in
The new Estonian government led by Reform Party chairman Andrus Ansip stepped into office by taking oath before the parliament on Wednesday. Read more...
3 Estonian Teams Make International Business Idea Competition Finals
Three Estonian startup enterprise teams were among the 10 finalists of the annual business idea contest, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Seoul from March 24 to 26. Read more.. ...
theartsdesk in Tallinn: Music Week in the European City of Culture
It's an important year for Estonia. The Baltic nation celebrates 20 years of independence from Russia. Capital city Tallinn is European Capital of Culture for 2011. Read more...
The Safest Countries in the World
If you're looking to avoid natural disasters, you might consider moving to Estonia. Read more...
World’s First Skype Phone Booth Open at Tallinn Airport
The world's first Skype telephone booth, which enables people to make free worldwide calls to other users of the popular internet telephony application, was opened to the public at Tallinn Airport on March ...
Soul Sisters: Helsinki and Tallinn
Helsinki and Tallinn are two great capitals in Northern Europe. Just 50 miles and a two-hour ferry ride apart, these two cities facing each other across the Baltic Sea from their respective countries of ...
More Estonian voters turn to electronic voting
Estonian i-voting system crossed another landmark last week as 24 per cent of total voters cast their vote electronically at the parliamentary elections. Read more...
Reform wins Estonian parliamentary elections, four parties secure seats
The Reform Party of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip won Sunday's parliamentary elections in Estonia by securing 33 seats in the 101-seat Riigikogu, according to the preliminary result as votes from all ...
State Receives Electric Cars in Exchange for Carbon Dioxide Credits
The state is receiving 507 electric cars – for which it plans to establish a pervasive nationwide network to charge the vehicles – in exchange for trading 10 million carbon dioxide credits to Japanese ...
Over 140,000 e-ballots cast in Estonia's general election
A total of 140,846 people cast votes electronically in this year's general election in Estonia, 36,431 more than in previous elections. Read more...
Volunteer Waste Cleanup Project Goes Global
The organizers of Let's Do It 2008, a civic initiative where 50,000 volunteers joined forces for a day to tidy up Estonia, are now planning an ambitious global event called Let's Do It World 2012 where ...
Estonia Claims Europe's Longest Ice Highway
Stretching for 26 kilometres (16 miles) across a frozen expanse of the Baltic Sea, an ice road will open to motor traffic Saturday linking Estonia's mainland port of Rohuküla with Hiiumaa island. Read ...
Electric Car Rally from Tallinn to Monte Carlo to Take Place
The Tallinn city government and Jüri Tamm, the Honorary Consul of Monaco in Estonia, have signed an agreement establishing an electric car rally between Tallinn and Monte Carlo. The route of the Tallinn ...
Estonia's export sets record in 2010
According to preliminary information goods to the tune of of 8.75 billion euros were exported from Estonia in 2010, surpassing the earlier highest level of 8.47 billion euros in 2008. Read more...
Pärt’s Symphony Nominated for Grammy
Arvo Pärt's Fourth Symphony, "Los Angeles," which is dedicated to the Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been nominated for a Grammy for best classical contemporary composition. Read ...
Nation Marks Anniversary of Tartu Peace Treaty
Flags will be flying across Estonia on February 2 to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Tartu Peace Treaty in 1920, a key event in the nation's battle for independence. Read more...
Kanepi Rises to 17th Place in World Rankings
Estonia’s best tennis player Kaja Kanepi rose four spots in the world rankings to reach 17th place. This is Kanepi’s highest ranking to date, with her previous best being 18th place in May of 2009. Read ...
Junior World Ski Championships Begin in Otepää
The Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships started on January 26 in the southern Estonian town of Otepää, marking the country's biggest-ever high-profile athletic competition. Read more...
Short film by Estonian director gets Oscar nomination
The Confession, a diploma film by Tanel Toom who has graduated from the British National Film and Television School in London was included among the best five short films in the preliminary selection of ...
KGB Museum to Open in Tallinn's Viru Hotel
A museum was scheduled to open on the top floor of the Viru Hotel in Tallinn on Thursday, displaying an exhibit of the surveillance means and routines used by the Soviet secret service to keep an eye on ...
Estonia 14th in World Economic Freedom Rankings
In the Index of Economic Freedom, published each year by the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, Estonia is up two places from last year's position. Read more...
Tallinn: A town of many talents
From the end of Kohtu Street on Tallinn's Toompea Hill, you get a good view of the many faces of this fabled city on the Baltic. Read more...
Estonian Company Receives US Patent for Supercapacitor Material
A new energy-storing material for supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries, developed by the Tartu company Skeleton Technologies, has received a patent in the United States. Read more...
Exchanging Estonian kroon to euro
Due to the Estonian membership at the euro zone from 01.01.2011 the national central banks of the EU Member States that have adopted the euro will exchange Estonian kroon banknotes against euro at ...
Estonia Made Switch to Euro on 1 January
Estonia switched to the euro at midnight of 1 January. The earlier currency, the Estonian kroon, will be withdrawn from use after two weeks of parallel circulation. Read more...
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