Experts: Number of Tallinn Bike Commuters Up, No Improvement in City Center Lanes (1)
World Carfree Day on September 22 led many to reflect on the good, bad and ugly of getting around Tallinn on two wheels.
World Carfree Day on September 22 led many to reflect on the good, bad and ugly of getting around Tallinn on two wheels.
A new study by researchers at the University of Tartu found that 32 percent of Estonian children and young people experience sexual abuse, but that only a small percentage of them ever turn to a specialist with the problem.
Estonia has no need for self-proclaimed law enforcement groups like the Soldiers of Odin in Finland patroling the streets of towns, the police said.
Four Estonian doctors returned from Ethiopia yesterday. The country suffers from a chronic lack of medical personnel. The doctors spent two weeks performing surgery and training medical staff.
Even though Turu-uuringute AS' latest poll suggests trust in ERR remains relatively high, a slight downward trend is noticeable.
Estonia ranks 23rd worldwide, three places higher than last year, in the 21st edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International on Wednesday.
Making for quite the start into the new year, the presidential wedding of 2 January has attracted a lot of attention. Ieva Ilves, Estonia's new First Lady, has granted ERR her first interview, broadcasted today January 14.
The Center Party's attempt to throw out the act that allows the registration of same-sex couples seems to be gathering momentum. After the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE), IRL is now considering supporting the bid as well.
A first-tier court in Estonia on Tuesday handed real jail sentences to two men tried on charges of supporting Islamic terrorism who themselves denied the accusations.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs probably will not pursue an amendment that would restrict the number of firearms people can register and own for self-defense in Estonia.
Estonian businessman Oleg Ossinovski is officially a suspect in the case of Ugis Magonis, the former head of Latvijas Dzelzcels (LDz, Latvian Railway) who was arrested in August 2015 on suspicions of graft, and it will soon be handed to the prosecutor's office, said Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers in an interview with commercial LNT television on Thursday.
The Estonian government is to handle a draft regulation at its sitting on Thursday that would raise the lower salary limit for full-time teachers of basic and upper secondary schools to 958 euros.
The Estonian Interior Ministry is working on a legislative amendment that would limit to one the number of firearms that a person can possess for the purpose of self-defense.
The Estonian Chamber of Notaries has drawn up recommendations regarding the Cohabitation Act, which gives same-sex couples the right to legally register their relationship. The act is due to enter force on January 1, but implementing acts to the law were not passed by Parliament in time, causing legal confusion.
The Police and Border Guard Board sent out nearly 1,000 cards to people who have five or more traffic violations from 2015, warning them to behave in the future.
The iconic Balti Jaam market, named after Tallinn's central railway station next door, will move to a new location until spring 2017, when renovation work on the old site should be complete.
With Estonians expected to spend 73 percent more on Christmas this year, compared to 2014, charities are also reporting record yields during the holiday season.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will marry Ieva Kupce on January 2 this year, less than a year after divorcing Evelin Ilves, the previous first lady.
The referendum on same-sex marriages in Slovenia, where 63.5 percent voted against giving same-sex couple the right to marry, has given new energy to the anti camp in Estonia too, says Erkki Bahovski, head of the Diplomaatia magazine.
This year, 20 asylum seekers have left the Vao asylum seeker center of their own accord. That figure was less than 10 last year.
The number of Latvians, who live near the Estonian border but have registered as residents of Estonia, is increasing. The move allows them to switch to the Estonian health care system.
The fear of refugees is largely grounded in socio-economic insecurities of people with low income and education level, found a poll commission by the Goverment Office. At the same time, the number of people who say that refugees deserve our help has increased since the last poll in July.
The government plans to set a maximum immigration quota of 0.1 percent of the total population, or just below 1,320 people for 2016. Minister of Entrepreneurship Liisa Oviir sees a need to increase the number in the coming years.
Estonians are not aware of the fact their common sense and morals are based on a Christian foundation, Archbishop Urmas Viilma of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, said on Tudengi TV.
Majority of residents support tougher restrictions on alcohol ads and sale, new poll reveals.
The Supreme Court ruled that former Port of Tallinn supervisory board chairman and current Estonian Olympic Committee president Neinar Seli is guilty of overseeing donations by the port authority to the committee.
Implementing acts to the much debated Cohabitation Act, which gives same-sex couples more rights, will not be passed this year, meaning the initial act will enter force on January 1 with a number of legal loopholes and problems.
When asked about the most important episodes in Estonian history, most Estonians tend to bring out similar events. Tallinn University's professor of cultural history Marek Tamm claims that on the one hand, this can be attributed to the revolutionary importance of these events. On the other hand, it comes from the shared common memory, which helps Estonians remember the story of the their everlasting fight for freedom.
In an annual tradition dating back to 1994, the Estonian Newspaper Association (EALL) has named the year's most press friendly figure and the most unfriendly figure, with police chief Elmar Vaher named the former and businessman Rein Kilk the latter.
Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said if corruption is not investigated then it supposedly is non-existent and Estonia can climb international rankings in the short-term, adding that the effects will kick in later when people discover corruption has set in in new places.
Former First Lady Evelin Ilves said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves's recent engagement new answers many questions asked from her since August 2014, when she was pictured in an intimate embrace with an unidentified younger man at a Tallinn roof-top hotspot.
In April 2017 an allied battle group led by the United Kindom will arrive in Estonia. Its commander, Lt. Col. Mark Wilson, said at a press conference held in Tapa on Tuesday that its mission was different, as there was no clear everyday threat here in Estonia.
Estonian transmission system operator Elering has announced a public procurement tender to find a designer and constructor of the Estonian section of the planned third Estonian-Latvian power connection, the total cost of which will be 172 million euros.
Improving its results across the reading, math and science categories compared to its 2012 results and outranked only by Singapore and Japan, Estonia jumped from sixth to third place overall and first place in Europe in the OECD's freshly released 2015 PISA rankings.
A recent poll commissioned by the Government Communication Office showed that Estonians’ attitudes towards foreigners as well as refugees have improved, compared to previous polls taken in 2015 at the high point of the migration crisis.
An incident on Sunday led foreigners detained at Harku Detention Center to protest against the center on Monday, with residents of the expulsion center refusing to eat and a number of detainees waving signs in the yard and refusing to go inside.
The European Parliament’s budgetary control committee heard former Estonian prime minister and minister Juhan Parts (IRL) on Monday, who is the government’s candidate for the European Court of Auditors. Parts had to answer questions about the Ermamaa case as well as state aid for the former national carrier Estonian Air.
Kõpu Municipality is currently in merger talks with Suure-Jaani and Kõo Municipalities and the town of Võhma. According to the results of a referendum that drew to a close on Monday night, however, local residents are in fact more in favor of merging with Viljandi Municipality.
Former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves will be heading to California to join Stanford University as a visiting fellow beginning in January. According to the university, his initial appointment will run from January through June, after which the school's Hoover Institute is to extend his appointment for another full year.
According to fuel company Olerex, the global price of fuels on Monday reached the highest level in the past year and a half, and the price increase will also reach Estonia.
If the Estonian parliament’s Finance Committee is able to vote on all the new government coalition’s tax amendments on Tuesday and forwards the bill to the Riigikogu, the bill’s second reading will take place on Wednesday despite the Reform Party’s efforts to delay it.
Finance Minister Sven Sester (IRL) is planning to set up a committee of experts at the beginning of next year that would help ministers appoint supervisory committees of state-owned companies.
Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski (Center) has invited food producers with export experience to take part in a roundtable on food export that is to take place at the Ministry of Rural Affairs on Dec. 14.
Russia will continue to defend the rights of its citizens and fellow countrymen, including non-citizens in the Baltic states, Speaker of Russia's Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said.
The Estonian Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Estonia is aware of Finland's offer to join their artillery procurement tender, however they have yet to reach a decision regarding whether or not they will choose to cooperate with their northern neighbors on this one.
Elections for the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the Economic Affairs Committee, the Social Affairs Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu were held on Monday.
Former prime minister Taavi Rõivas announced on Monday that he had decided to step down as chairman of the Reform Party by the end of the year. Rõivas was voted out of office in an expression of no confidence on Nov. 9, speculations about his replacement as chairman have made rounds since.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called Jüri Ratas on Monday to congratulate him on his assumption of the position of Prime Minister of Estonia; Ratas in turn invited May to visit Estonia.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) made the decision on Wednesday to keep Martin Repinski on as Minister of Rural Affairs. Repinski had faced massive criticism over the past few weeks for his questionable business practices, as well as for a suspended sentence for fraud he received when he was 15 years old.
In recognition of International Volunteer Day, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is thanking all of its volunteers who find the time in their everyday lives to contribute to the security of Estonia.
Chairman of the Riigikogu’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Marko Mihkelson (IRL), is currently on a visit to the United States. On his schedule are the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Transatlantic Forum as well as meetings with leading members of the US Congress.
Apart from the ongoing work ability reform, the Estonian welfare system has an additional change coming up, namely the closing of the country’s six large special care homes in 2020. Its residents are to be reassigned to smaller homes with up to 30 people. The change represents a shift from Soviet-style social care to a more Western approach.
Linda Line, the operator of a high-speed ferry connection between Tallinn and Helsinki, canceled all of its scheduled departures through Tuesday morning due to inclement weather.
Representative bodies of Estonia’s manufacturing industry submitted a joint appeal to the government regarding the planned excise tax hike on natural gas, finding the increase unacceptable.
Sunday’s repetition of the runoff between right-wing populist candidate Norbert Hofer and left-wing Green Party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen produced a clear enough result. Van der Bellen won the election with 53% of the vote. His campaign and election received unusual attention in the Estonian media because his mother was Estonian.
Daily Eesti Päevaleht wrote on Monday that Repinski would likely remain in office, as sacking him would lead to new trouble within the Center Party, and in effect also the coalition. Meanwhile farmers turned to the prime minister with an appeal to let Repinski stay, as he was the first minister with an understanding of their situation in many years.
Estonian beekeepers would like the new coalition to show more interest in beekeeping, and want the government to support them with 20 euros per hive beginning 2018.
According to the European Drug Report 2016, the use of illegal substances is considerably more widespread in Estonia than in Latvia and Lithuania, and above the European Union average when it comes to cannabis, amphetamines, and ecstasy.
Finnish defense minister Jussi Niinistö suggested that Estonia and Finland issue a joint tender for new artillery guns. Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat wrote on Saturday that the Estonian government had been informed about Finland’s plans.
A poll taken by the Estonian Union for Child Welfare showed that 27% of Estonian schoolchildren have experienced cyberbullying. The union concluded that more attention needs to be paid to this issue.
Estonia’s union of medical specialists, Eesti Arstide Liit (EAL), announced on Saturday that the warning strike of the country’s doctors of Sept. 20 had not produced any results. The new government had until Feb. 15 next year to adopt the union’s demands, otherwise a new and bigger strike would follow.