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Enchanting Estonia

Each year, over 3 million tourists visit Estonia-more than twice its whole population. Most of them prefer short trips, usually a few days, often combined with visits to the neighboring Lithuania and Latvia. Over the last year, Estonia has felt the full brunt of the international financial crisis. After being ...

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A small country thinking big

Estonia shows that it is perfectly possible to be a patriot and good European at the same time. On Sunday (February 2008), Estonians celebrated the 90th anniversary of their state But in 1913, five years before the foundation of that state, the respectable and always reliable Encyclopaedia Britannica wrote this ...

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February 24th – Independence Day

The Republic of Estonia was established on the 24th of February 1918, when for the first time in the history of the state, Salvation Committee, Päästekomitee, declared independence of the Republic of Estonia. This day was celebrated as Independence Day until the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1940. Later, during ...

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June 14 – A National Day of Commemoration

June 14th marks the day in 1941 when the Soviet authorities organized the first mass deportation of Estonians to Siberia. It is a day of mourning and commemoration for the Estonian people. “We can never forget the losses we have borne. We can never forget those who can no longer ...

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8 May: Memorial Day for the victims of World War II

By its resolution of 22 November 2004, the United Nations General Assembly declared 8 and 9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation, and invited Member States, United Nations bodies, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of those days in an appropriate manner, to ...

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The Tõnismäe Second World War Memorial

Estonia, like other EU member states, honours all victims of the Second World War and values the contribution made by those nations who helped defeat Fascism in Europe and the world. Estonia also condemns the activities of all individuals –whether Estonian citizens or representatives of a foreign power – who ...

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History of Estonia up to the 50’s of the 20th century

Estonians belong to the Baltic nations only in the political sense, but language-wise their closest relations are the Finns and the Karelians, with whom they make up the Finnish-Baltic subgroup, belonging to the Finnish-Permean group of the Ungro-Finnish language family. It is not known when the ancestors of the Estonians ...

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