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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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Welcome to Estonia!

Here is a radical suggestion to make the best of the current tough times: why not move to Estonia? I was there recently, explaining how to cope with the current recession. Last time we in the UK went through one, in 1991, they were rather preoccupied with becoming independent from ...

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Livs – coast dwellers

Many centuries ago the Livs settled on the Courlandian Cape and in the region between the left basin of the Daugava River and southern Estonia. However in the XX century we can find their settlements only on the northern outskirts of Courland in the Latvian Republic. The range of the ...

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Kihnu Island

Kihnu Saar located 2.5 hours away by ship from Pärnu is one of the smallest islands in Estonia. It is mostly a place for weekend getaways for residents of Pärnu and Haapsalu. The first mention of Kihnu, then Kyne is dated at 1386. At the beginning of the 14th century ...

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Interesting facts

Atika, Kapri, Borodino, Soodoma, Kosova, Pariis – historical places in the world? These are just some of the names of places in Estonia. What is the connection between KaZaA, Skype and Hotmail? Of course, Estonia! It is here that these technologies were developed. Estonia has the highest number of craters ...

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Tallinn – Danish city in Estonia

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia is located about 1,000 kilometers north of Warsaw. Its name in Estonian means “Danish city”. Truly there is much Nordic climate both in architecture and atmosphere, although signs of the Soviet period are also visible. It is best to visit Tallinn at the end of ...

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Ahjualune (Estonian fairy tale)

A wealthy squire called his cook and instructed him, “I am going hunting. Have my dinner ready when I return.” The cook set about making a flavorful soup, and soon a wonderful aroma filled the air. The cook was sure the soup would please his master. Suddenly a tiny elf ...

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Orthodox Estonians – Seto

The southernmost tip of Estonia and the borderland of Russia form the country of Setomaa. This region is characterized by ethnic and religious distinctiveness. It is inhabited by Orthodox Estonians – Seto, Russians and also some Lutherans which came from Estonia’s north. Close proximity of Latvia causes this region to ...

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The unknown country of Kalevipoeg

It is the smallest and the least known Baltic Republic. Due to its land area and population, which is slightly less than 1.5 million, it is also one of the smallest European countries. By some it is called the bedroom of Finland. Located between the Bay of Riga and the ...

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Lennart Meri

Estonians loved him. A biting tongue and unconventional behavior also provided him with many friends in Europe. His life symbolized Estonia’s fate in the XX century. Lennart Meri was born in a family of an Estonian diplomat. He went to 9 different schools where he used 4 different languages. After ...

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