Between 165,000 and 200,000 Estonians are estimated to live outside the country right now, making around 15-20 percent of the total number of Estonians. With many communities being found worldwide, both in English-speaking countries and beyond, ERR News, in conjunction with the Integration Foundation (Integratsiooni Sihtasutus), has launched a weekly Global Estonian Report, which will give a weekly window into Estonian communities and culture from around the globe.
On February 24, several famous landmarks in Canada were lit blue, black and white in honor of Estonian Independence Day. The Estonian tricolor was displayed on both the CN Tower - once the tallest freestanding structure in the world - in Toronto and Niagara Falls on the Canadian-US border. The Estonian Central Council (EKN) in Canada organized the lightings. Click the above link to view the photos.
Watch these online events for a perspective on how Estonian communities around the globe celebrated Independence Day and kept traditions alive last week during this unprecedented COVID-19 era.
The Society of Estonian Artists in Toronto is proud to announce the Kalevipoeg (Son of Kalev) art contest. Kalevipoeg is an Estonian epic poem written by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald in 1853. The purpose of this contest is to re-introduce this national Estonian epic poem to today's younger generation.
All submissions can be created in any medium, any size and subject matter has to be related to the Kalevipoeg epic poem.
The Integration Foundation (Integratsiooni Sihtasutus) is offering Estonian language learners the opportunity to practice communication by chatting with volunteer Estonian language mentors. The initiative falls in the foundation's Keelesõber (Language Friends) program, and takes place via e-channels.
Upcoming Online Events
Language Roulette: virtual conversations (March 9, online)
Practice Estonian online! Language Roulette is a series of virtual meetings co-organized by teachers and mentors of the Estonian language houses of the Integration Foundation, which brings together people who want to practice Estonian in a new format of short conversations in the Zoom environment.
Returnee support meeting (March 9, online)
The Integration Foundation is organizing a series of meetings (currently held online) for those who have returned to Estonia from living abroad in order to help them better readjust to life in the country and make contact with others going through the same experience.
What is Global Estonian?
Global Estonian is an online portal, in Estonian and English, and network for Estonians and friends of Estonians around the world.
Managed by the Integration Foundation, Global Estonian brings together news, events, culture, organizations, support programs, learning opportunities, and a wealth of other information from Estonian communities abroad, all in one central gateway.
Editor: Helen Wright