Over the last two weeks the number of competitors in this year's Eesti Laul has been cut in half. The ten songs that will compete to represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest have now been selected.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The final act to perform will be girl band La La Ladies.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The eighth act to perform will be singer-songwriter Anett Kulbin.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The sixth act to perform will be pop singer Grete Paia.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The fifth act to perform will be electronic duo Púr Múdd.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The fourth act to perform will be electronic trio I Wear* Experiment.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The third act to perform is the one of a kind Meisterjaan.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The second act to perform will be the winner of the 2015 Estonian Idol, Jüri Pootsmann.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The first act to perform will be tri-national rock band Go Away Bird.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicked off last Saturday with the first semi-final. The final act to perform was electronic dance artist Windy Beach.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicked off last Saturday with the first semi-final. The ninth act to perform was pop singer Laura.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicked off last Saturday with the first semi-final. The eighth act to perform was four piece electronic band Zebra Island.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The seventh act to perform will be Kati Laev, who will be joined on stage by vocal ensemble Noorkuu.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The sixth act to perform will be pop singer Kéa with her song 'Lonely Boy'.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The fifth act to perform will be the collaboration between EDM producers Cartoon and singer Kristel Aaslaid.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The fourth act to perform will be Indrek Ventmann with his summer song 'Hispaania Tüdruk.'
Two semi-finals with ten songs each will take place on 13 and 20 February. Five songs from each will then qualify for the grand final concert, which will take place in Tallinn's Saku Suurhall.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The third act to perform is ethereal minimalist musician Mick Pedaja.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The second act to perform will be electronic trio Würffel.
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul kicks off this Saturday with the first semi-final. The first act to perform will be Estonian-Australian throwback band 'The Jingles'.
The music program of the eighth Tallinn Music Week (TMW), taking place from March 28 to April 3 has confirmed 237 artists from 33 countries. Finnish Flow and Tuska festivals will present their own stages at TMW.
With Eesti Laul semifinals still weeks away, one semifinalists – “Immortality” by Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid – has already amassed more than one million listeners in Youtube. This is far more than any other semifinalist in the history of the competition.
The Estonian Music Awards might be a chance for the success stories of the previous year to celebrate their work, but this year's event held a number of signs of what, and who, will be big in the years to come. Though a few established artists took most of the awards on offer, they came from across the musical spectrum.
ETV's morning program "Terevisioon" revealed the four jury-picked designs and one people's choice that have made it to the final of the national logo competition. The new logo that will replace the obsolete Welcome to Estonia will be chosen in mid-March.
Estonian photographer Kaupo Kalda's beautiful shots of the Estonian capital bring to viewers the enchanting hidden corners of the Tallinn Old Town.
Elron, the state-owned train company, has a special holiday offer to all Santa Clauses: free train travel from December 24-January 1 on all routes.
Jõuluvana, the Estonian version of Father Christmas, and his Russian colleague Ded Moroz met today on the Friendship Bridge in Narva that connects the two countries to exhange good wishes. The pair visited both Narva and Ivangorod, the twin towns on the opposite banks of the Narva River.
Three months ago, three students from Pirita Business High School decided to set up PU:LIPS, a student company that produces exclusive wooden neckties. The ties have already raised interest in Italy and the US, where the boys soon hope to sell their products through an e-store.
Buddha, a sacred cow and a pair of huge golden angel wings are just some of the exhibits included in this year's Gingerbread Mania exhibition which opens in Tallinn today.
Five MEPs from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have filmed an informative tongue-in-cheek video message to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was recently caught out answering a question about his favorite Baltic nation with "That's not a thing."
Estonian police have established that a bomb threat made to Tallinn Airport around midday on Saturday was made by a man serving a prison sentence calling from a prison payphone, reported the regional prosecutor's office.
Tallinn Airport's new parking garage will not be finished in time for Estonia's presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2017.
The Estonian Ministry of the Interior has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Defence to consider adding the assistant police officer training program to conscripts' basic training course, reported Estonian daily Postimees.
The Board of the Riigikogu has endorsed a proposal to hold a total of seven high-level parliamentary conferences and meetings connected to the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU in Tallinn during the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018.
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas made a proposal at a summit of EU leaders on Thursday evening to ensure permanent financing for the EU task force created in 2015 to counter Russian propaganda.
This weekend, sea levels are forecast to drop to as much as 74 centimeters below the Kronstadt mean sea level, the local benchmark for the eastern Baltic Sea, which means that ferry traffic between the Estonian mainland and the western island of Hiiumaa will continue to be affected, ferry operator TS Laevad warned on Friday.
On Friday night, ERR's Estonian-language news portal was the first to publish in full former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves' more detailed explanation regarding the relationship between his 81.5-hectare (201-acre) Ärma Farm and the nearly 200,000 euros of EU funding awarded via Enterprise Estonia to its development as a tourism business run by Ermamaa OÜ. ERR News is following suit and publishing Ilves' message in full in English.
President Kersti Kaljulaid visited Latvia on Friday, where she met with President Raimonds Vējonis and Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece in Riga. Kaljulaid emphasized the necessity of cooperation on all levels, and said that the countries had a similar understanding of the security situation in the region.
The Tallinn circuit court on Friday dismissed a claim against former foreign minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) in the civil case concerning the insolvency of the road transport company Autorollo, owned by her father.
Just before the arrival of winter, the capital city of Estonia launched its first bike rental system with ten locations scattered across its central city district. The city, however, hopes to expand its services into other parts of Tallinn in the future as well.
Estonia’s largest political parties had been going through the most serious crisis in their existence, and on top of that they had lost their most important function, namely to formulate a vision of the country’s future, daily Postimees wrote in its Friday editorial.
Seventy-three percent of respondents in a survey conducted in mid-October said they support or rather support Kersti Kaljulaid as President of Estonia.
State-owned transmission system operator Elering, Finnish state-owned Baltic Connector Oy, and the European Commission signed the agreement on Friday on the European Union co-funding for the Baltic Connector gas pipeline project.
The latest party ratings commissioned by the Baltic News Service showed the opposition Center Party at 25%. While the ruling Reform Party’s popularity remained the same, the junior coalition parties lost a few points.
MEP Yana Toom wrote on social media that she was very honored that her party mates had nominated her for the chairman position in Estonia's Center Party.
Former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ company received €190,392 in 2006 to turn the family’s country home of Ärma into a tourism farm. Then owned by his ex-wife, it negotiated new conditions in 2012: Even if the farm was never put to its intended use, the company would have to pay back just 10% of the grant.
The recently appointed Director of the Office of the President, Tiit Riisalo, will, for the time being, continue working on the supervisory board of the state-owned railway company Estonian Railways.
The government approved the broad free trade agreement on Thursday to be concluded between the European Union and Canada. It authorized Estonia’s representative to the EU to sign it.
The directors of the national audit offices of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania signed a memorandum of understanding in Bratislava on Thursday concerning the organization of the cross-border auditing of the Rail Baltic project.
President Kersti Kaljulaid spent Thursday on a state visit to Finland, where she met with Finnish president Sauli Niinistö. The press conference following the visit was dominated by questions relating to security issues in the Baltic Sea area.
The Harju County court declared Elveda OÜ bankrupt on Wednesday. Elveda is the parent company of dairy producer AS Tere. Members of Tere’s supervisory and management boards were changed, and Aivar Rehe appointed the new chief executive.
Unusually low water levels have hampered ferry traffic between the mainland and Estonia’s large islands for weeks. Businesses in Hiiumaa have now expressed worry that the continuing insecurity about connections to the mainland will lastingly damage the island’s economy.
According to director of Tallinn’s International Centre for Defence and Security and former ambassador to Russia, Jüri Luik, the increased tensions over the past few weeks between Russia and the West indicate Putin’s wish to exploit the ambiguous mood before the U.S. presidential elections as much as possible.
President Kersti Kaljulaid said in an interview with Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat that Russia’s unpredictable behavior could not be ignored, but that she was not planning to suggest to Finland to join NATO either.
At a meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) highlighted the government’s steps to revitalize the economy, including reforms already begun as well as coming proposals by his growth task force.
The state wants to triple the number of women serving in the Estonian Defence Forces within the next two years. Also, where women can currently only serve in two of the EDF’s armed services, they will be able to join all of them in the future.
The Estonian ship guards finally got their appeal hearing on Wednesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs couldn’t comment on details, but said that another hearing would be set. Meanwhile, a bilateral prisoner transfer agreement is still awaiting the Indian government’s approval.
President Kersti Kaljulaid, inaugurated on Oct. 10, does not intend to bill the Estonian state for continuing to use her current home in Tallinn's Nõmme district as her predecessor Toomas Hendrik Ilves did regarding his own homestead in Viljandi County.
A patrol boat of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is scheduled to start its journey to the Greek island of Kalymnos on Oct. 20. Four crew and a liaison officer are to follow, tasked with guarding the southern sea borders of the European Union.
As things stood now, the late delivery penalties meted out to the shipyards building the new ferries for Estonia’s island routes had covered the costs of the rent of substitute vessels, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal (Reform) said on Wednesday.