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Estonian research funding still based on Soviet-era foreign relations

23.06.22 NEWS ... Estonia was at the forefront of the transition to a Western system of competitive research funding in the early 1990s. However, the doctoral dissertation of the Estonian researcher demonstrates that, at least initially, the change was nominal and did not transcend Soviet-era practices of funding allocation. Moreover, social science and humanities scholars are currently entangled in a research funding structure that disregards their professional development needs.

French expatriate in Estonia: Heaven for digital nomads

22.06.22 NEWS ... Flavien Delhaye, a French entrepreneur, moved to Tallinn in January to create his private limited company, known in Estonia as an osaühing. The young digital nomad came with one aim: being free of French administrative and fiscal constraints.

Feature: Estonian media landscape and freedom of the press over the years

22.06.22 NEWS ... Estonia ranked fourth out of 180 countries in the 2021 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. While Estonia has consistently been close to the top of the RWB ranking, fourth place is the country's highest to date. ERR News discussed media freedom in Estonia with head of news for ERR Anvar Samost.

Principal: French Lyceum fosters understanding between Estonia and France

20.06.22 NEWS ... On the occasion of the basic school graduation ceremony for ninth grade students on Friday, Peter Pedak, director of the Tallinn French Lyceum, revisits the history of the school.

Georgian ambassador: Estonia's experience is important for us

17.06.22 FEATURE ... Today (June 17), Estonia and Georgia celebrate the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. ERR News spoke to the Georgian Ambassador to Estonia Archil Karaulashvili about plans to further develop economic relations, EU membership aspirations and Russia's war in Ukraine.

Friends of Mariupol: We should work together to help refugees in Estonia

14.06.22 UKRAINE LATEST ... Since Russia launched its full-scale war in Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians have fled to safety in the European Union. Some of those people make their way through Russia and cross into the EU via Estonia. Many of those in transit need assistance and one NGO Friends of Mariupol has sprung up to help. ERR News spoke to the organization's spokesperson Aleksandra Averjanova to find out what it does and why it formed.

Michelin star chef: We made a little bit of history in Estonia

11.06.22 NEWS ... Last month two Estonian restaurants were awarded Michelin stars — the first in Estonia. ERR News spoke with 180 Degrees' head chef Matthias Diether about the award, working in Estonia and why the hospitality industry.

Interview | UK ambassador to Estonia on NATO battlegroup fifth anniversary

29.05.22 FEATURE ... It was a changed security situation after 2014 led directly to the formation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup based at Tapa, transforming the town of a little over 5,000 inhabitants, and about an hour's drive east of Tallinn, into a hive of activity and endeavor.

Feature | The Estonians who fought for Norway in World War Two

15.05.22 FEATURE ... 'History is more interesting than politics,' Lennart Meri, president of Estonia 1992-2001, is reported to have said. History is, perhaps, sometimes more surprising than politics too.

Ranking US diplomat in Estonia: 'Nobody needed to tell me Russia a danger'

14.05.22 FEATURE ... In the ongoing absence of a new ambassador, U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Brian Roraff remains the ranking U.S. diplomat currently serving in Estonia. Tallinn is not his first assignment in the region, however, and as he said in a longer recent interview with ERR News, he knew the focus of the U.S.-Estonian relationship would be security and NATO cooperation.

Russian-speaking Ukrainians on survivor's guilt and Russian friends

13.05.22 FEATURE ... Svetlana Štšur interviews young Ukrainians Valeriia and Yelyzaveta on their upbringing in Ukraine as Russian-speaking Ukrainians, the feeling of guilt that a lot of Ukrainians experience outside of Ukraine and their relationships with their Russian friends and relatives.

Valentyna from Ukraine: You miss the little things with emotional value

03.05.22 FEATURE ... Ukrainian refugee Valentyna and her daughter Liza, who has been living in Estonia since 2017, talk to Svetlena Štšur about her escape from Ukraine and welcome in Romania, Poland and Estonia.

Estonian angel investor sending aid convoys to Ukraine: This is personal

27.04.22 FEATURE ... For Estonian IT entrepreneur and angel investor Ragnar Sass, the war in Ukraine is more personal than most. ERR News spoke to the Salto-X and Pipedrive co-founder about his efforts to take humanitarian aid to the war-torn country, his business interests there and the Estonian startup scene.

Collective memory and the war in Ukraine as seen by Baltic twentysomethings

07.04.22 FEATURE ... The generations born after the Baltic states regained their independence have not directly experienced what their elders suffered during the Soviet occupation. But tales run in families and influence the way young people look at the Russian invasion in Ukraine. These are their stories.

Global Estonian Report: March 30 – April 6

30.03.22 NEWS ... A roundup of Estonian news and events taking place around the world between March 30 – April 6.

Feature: A friend is better than a phrasebook

29.03.22 FEATURE ... Estonia's city of good thoughts welcomes Ukrainian refugees, Michael Cole writes.

Feature: Talking to a Russian millennial in Tallinn on the war in Ukraine

28.03.22 FEATURE ... I desperately want to believe that the Russian military simply sucks – not that Russian soldiers purposefully destroy hospitals and kindergartens. If they do that intentionally, my worldview, which has been quite shaken recently, will be destroyed completely, Russian dissident Nikolay Artemenko says in an interview.

Global Estonian Report: March 23 – 30

23.03.22 NEWS ... A roundup of Estonian news and events taking place around the world between March 23-30.

Ukrainian ambassador: Ukraine wants peace but Russia wants war

15.03.22 UKRAINE LATEST ... Russia aims to destroy Ukraine if it cannot conquer the country, Ukrainian Ambassador to Estonia Mariana Betsa said. In a lengthy interview, Betsa spoke about her main duties during the war; refugees and the founding of a Ukrainian school in Estonia; and why Ukrainians will fight for Kyiv until their last breaths.

How did Ukrainians in Estonia see the start of Russia's war with Ukraine?

07.03.22 UKRAINE LATEST ... In the early hours of February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine having spent months massing troops on the border and saying no invasion was planned. Ukrainians living in Estonia told ETV+'s weekly show "Insight" how they and their loved ones reacted to the outbreak of war in their homeland.

Vastlakuklid: The history of the 'hot little breads'

01.03.22 NEWS ... This year, March 1 is Vastlapäev (Shrove Tuesday) in Estonia which means the time has come to — officially — eat vastlakuklid, buns topped with whipped cream, marzipan, jam or many other things. But where did they come from?

Feature | Estonia's English-language podcasts, all in the one place

20.12.21 FEATURE ... Podcasting is hardly a new phenomenon, and Estonia is often referred to as one of the foremost digital states globally, so it will come as no surprise that there is a multitude of podcasts out there about different aspects of the country, including many in English.

Turkish refugee: We must show that we can all live together in Estonia

30.11.21 NEWS ... Refugees from Syria, Iran and Turkey visited ETV's talk show "Hommik Anuga" over the weekend to speak about why they had to leave their home countries and why they chose Estonia. They said Estonians' fear of refugees is understandable.

Feature: Five years of Kersti Kaljulaid

16.10.21 FROM THE EDITORS ... On Monday, Kersti Kaljulaid handed the presidential chain over to Alar Karis, bringing her single term in office to a close. But what did Estonia's fifth president achieve, how was she viewed domestically and internationally and how will she be remembered? ERR News asked the experts.

Pealtnägija: First interview with Afghan who fled from Kabul to Estonia

23.09.21 NEWS ... ETV's investigative TV show "Pealtnägija" interviewed Ali Afzali, an Aghan who worked with an Estonian NGO in Afghanistan, and fled with his family last month after the Taliban seized control of the country.

Feature: What topics should the next president of Estonia deal with?

06.09.21 NEWS ... Last week Alar Karis was elected the next president of Estonia. ETV's current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera. nadal" interviewed experts and asked what he should focus on during his five-year term of office and how much influence he will have on domestic politics.

Experts: President Kaljulaid's foreign policy was successful

02.09.21 NEWS ... During her five-year term of office, President Kersti Kaljulaid has made over 100 foreign visits, met with dozens of world leaders and participated in many high-profile agenda-setting international forums. ERR spoke to experts to see how they assess Kaljulaid's foreign policy.

Feature: Estonia's presidential election 2021

21.08.21 2021 ELECTIONS ... On August 30, the Estonian parliament will vote for a new president and it's fair to say that this election is different from previous years. ERR News outlines the background, process and what can be expected over the coming weeks.

Feature | Iceland and Estonia: 30 years of friendly relations

26.08.21 FEATURE ... Thursday, August 26, marks the thirtieth anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Iceland and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Jacobina from Mexico

25.08.21 FEATURE ... The tenth interview in our collaboration with the "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Jacobina from Mexico.

Finding the right balance: The role of foreign scientists in Estonia

24.08.21 FEATURE ... Research in Estonia summarized a recent debate at the Opinion Festival on the role of foreign scientists in Estonia.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Pablo from Chile

09.07.21 NEWS ... The ninth interview in our collaboration with the "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Pablo from Chile.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Jie from China

15.06.21 NEWS ... The eighth interview in our collaboration with the "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Jie from China.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Nicole from Singapore

24.05.21 NEWS ... The seventh interview in our collaboration with the "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Nicole from Singapore.

Global Estonian Report: May 19- May 26

19.05.21 NEWS ... 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.

Estonia Explained part four: A Thousand Years of Multi-culti

15.05.21 FEATURE ... In a new bi-weekly short podcast series entitled 'Estonia Explained', historian and ERR journalist Maarja Merivoo-Parro fuses cultural insight with recent research results, to create an insider's view into topics that might seem bewildering to people who are not from this neck of the woods.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #7

13.05.21 NEWS ... Spring is here, coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed and there is plenty to do outside in Estonia. The Estonian Institute and "Found in Estonia" podcast has seven recommendations for you.

Global Estonian Report: May 12-19

12.05.21 NEWS ... 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.

Global Estonian Report: May 5 – May 12

05.05.21 NEWS ... 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.

Global Estonian Report: April 28 – May 5

28.04.21 NEWS ... 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.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #6

27.04.21 NEWS ... Just because Estonia is in lockdown, it doesn't mean there isn't anything to do outside this spring. The Estonian Institute and "Found in Estonia" podcast has five recommendations for you.

Global Estonian Report: April 21-28

21.04.21 FEATURE ... 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.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #5

20.04.21 FEATURE ... Just because Estonia is in lockdown, it doesn't mean there isn't anything to do outside this spring. The Estonian Institute and "Found in Estonia" podcast has seven recommendations for you.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Rodrigo from Brazil

17.04.21 NEWS ... The sixth interview in our collaboration with the "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Rodrigo from Brazil.

Estonia Explained part three: 'The Stare'

16.04.21 FEATURE ... In a new bi-weekly short podcast series entitled 'Estonia Explained', historian and ERR journalist Maarja Merivoo-Parro fuses cultural insight with recent research results, to create an insider's view into topics that might seem bewildering to people who are not from this neck of the woods.

Vaccine passports will end the lockdown, but not for everyone

16.04.21 NEWS ... The idea of "vaccine passports" is popping up all over the world. They could divide the world, but human rights scientists have a plan. Research in Estonia spoke to Estonian scientists about what we know so far.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #4

15.04.21 FEATURE ... Just because Estonia is in lockdown, it doesn't mean there isn't anything to do outside this spring. The Estonian Institute and "Found in Estonia" podcast has six recommendations for you.

Global Estonian Report: April 14-21

14.04.21 NEWS ... 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.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #3

13.04.21 NEWS ... How can spring be enjoyed in Estonia while the coronavirus restrictions are still in place? The Estonian Institute and the "Found in Estonia" podcast have some recommendations for you.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #2

08.04.21 FEATURE ... The Estonian Institute in collaboration with podcast "Found in Estonia" brings you a series of recommendations from English-speaking local foreigners.
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