Saturday, November 27 saw a Global Forum of Estonians Abroad, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conducted virtually, via live-link. It brought together Estonians worldwide, and was introduced by President Alar Karis.
The event can be watched again by clicking the video link above.
President of Estonia Alar Karis gave the keynote welcome to Estonians across the globe, later linking-up with some of them, including those living in the U.S., Sweden and the Czech Republic, between the discussion topics.
The forum had simultaneous interpretation into English and Russian.
The forum's discussion topics included the life of expat communities and the results of a diaspora survey, and the Estonian state's relationship with Estonians living abroad.
Moderated by noted journalist and commentator Tarmo Jüristo, the virtual forum also hosted musical entertainment provided by London-born Kymbali Williams, who has Estonian heritage and whose love for Estonia prompted her to move and work in Estonia. Noted conductor Kristjan Järvi also spoke.
The virtual forum's agenda was as follows (local Estonian time):
16.03: Greeting from the Estonian House in Stockholm, Sweden.
16.06: President Alar Karis' welcome.
16.45: Musical interlude with Kymbali Williams.
17.30: Up-sum with Tarmo Jüristo.
17.35: Conductor Kristjan Järvi, an Estonian with a global reach, shared his thoughts. Musical outro with Kymbali Williams.
The foreign ministry has held similar virtual forums in the past.
This week's Global Estonians Report is here.
Editor: Andrew Whyte