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Feature | Estonia's first year on the United Nations Security Council

19.01.21 NEWS ... On January 1, 2020 Estonia became a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (ÜRO Julgeolekunõukogu) for the first time. ERR News looks back at Estonia's first year.

Global Estonian Report: January 13-20

13.01.21 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 gives a weekly window into Estonian communities and culture from around the globe.

Black, White and Holiday Blues: Getting through winter in a foreign land

12.01.21 NEWS ... 'Tis the season to be jolly… or is it? Spending winter in a foreign country could be the best thing that could ever happen to someone or it can also be the saddest and the most discouraging event, writes Filipino expat Rowell Joel Lao Malabanan.

Tallinn City Center Expat chat: Melda from Turkey

12.01.21 NEWS ... The third interview in our collaboration with "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Melda from Turkey who has become a favorite among her students.

ERR News looks back at 2020 in Estonia

31.12.20 NEWS ... ERR News looks back at 2020 which was, if nothing else, an eventful year.

What happens to UK citizens in Estonia post-Brexit? Essential FAQs answered

20.12.18 NEWS ... With the Brexit transition period ending on December 31 2020, many United Kingdom citizens resident in Estonia are still concerned what happens next. We've put together this list of FAQs, in conjunction with government ministries and other authorities, to help answer some of the most important questions. Please note this is an updated piece which first appeared on December 20 2018, and was last updated on January 1 2021.

Interview | Head of Catholic Church in Estonia on an unparalleled Christmas

23.12.20 NEWS ... Christmas is here in perhaps more muted and reflective tones than many people can remember, but it's Christmas nonetheless. With that in mind, ERR News talked to Bishop Philippe Jourdan, leader of the Catholic Church in Estonia, and with it the small, but growing and vibrant minority community of Catholics in the country, to find out how things stood with current discussions in society, his experiences in Estonia, and of course what has changed and what has remained constant, with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Johnny from Colombia

11.12.20 NEWS ... The second interview in our collaboration with "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Johnny from Colombia who is never one to back down from a challenge.

Culture recommendations: December 7-14

07.12.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Global Estonian Report: November 30-December 6

04.12.20 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.

Interview | Defense minister on Estonia's NATO experience now and in future

29.11.20 NEWS ... Of the current government ministers, Jüri Luik (Isamaa) has more experience than most, and in the same post – defense. ERR News sat down with the minister to ask him what NATO and EU membership brings, how the defense forces tick, what lies ahead in the future, and, conversely, how Estonia's armed forces have transformed since the 1990s in his first stint as defense minister.

Global Estonian Report: November 23 - 27

25.11.20 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), is launching a weekly Global Estonian Report, which will give a weekly window into Estonian communities and culture from around the globe.

Tallinn City Center expat chat: Andrea from Paraguay

23.11.20 NEWS ... This interview is first of a series carried out by Svetlana Štšur project manager of "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" run by Tallinn City Center (Kesklinn) Government with support from the European Social Fund.

Culture recommendations: November 16-22

16.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Culture recommendations: November 9 - 15

09.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Culture recommendations: November 2 - 8

02.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Tallinn City Center aims to improve English communication with new arrivals

27.10.20 NEWS ... Over the next three years, Tallinn City Center Government (Kesklinna valitsus) will take part in a pilot project to increase communication in English with new arrivals. ERR News spoke with the project's manager Svetlana Štšur to find out more.

Culture recommendations: October 26 - November 1

26.10.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Culture recommendations: October 18-25

20.10.20 NEWS ... Are you wondering what to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Former ambassador Harri Tiido: Belarus as a national project

01.10.20 NEWS ... The first episode of the Vikerraadio series "Harri Tiido taustajutud" (Harri Tiido's background stories) deals with why Belarus' national movement to get rid of Aleksandr Lukashenko and achieve fair elections is so restrained, why the nationalist element is not pronounced and why the movement is decidedly Russia-friendly in its statements and refrains from using EU symbols in its protests.

'Insight' lifts veil of secrecy surrounding sunken submarine

27.09.20 NEWS ... The submarine M-200 sank near the city of Paldiski around 60 years ago – during peacetime, in the conditions of good visibility and with an experienced captain on board. The findings of the investigation were classified. ETV+ program "Insight" helped shed light on the circumstances.

Pealtnägija: Ski coach Alaver was 'the general' of illegal doping scene

23.09.20 NEWS ... Disgraced national ski coach Mati Alaver was nicknamed "the general" within the international doping fraternity, an episode of ETV investigative show "Pealtnägija" due to broadcast Wednesday evening finds, and former ski star Andrus Veerpalu was instrumental in providing doping – essentially the illegal removal of an athlete's blood ahead of a competition, only to replace it shortly before a race to boost performance – to his son, Andreas, a skier caught up with several others following a police swoop at least year's world championships in Austria.

Analysis: Fewer than 7 percent of ERR's news stories are original

18.09.20 NEWS ... Of the stories published on public broadcaster ERR's online news portal (err.ee), 6.7 percent constitute original content, while the weight of original articles by entertainment portal Menu editors is just 0.5 percent, a study by University of Tartu research fellow Marju Himma suggests.

Feature | Late-night alcohol sales ban hits Tallinn, Tartu bar owners hard

07.09.20 NEWS ... Late-night alcohol sales have been banned in several Estonian counties in recent weeks including the three most populated – Harju, Tartu and Ida-Viru counties - following coronavirus outbreaks. ERR News caught up with bar owners and managers to see how the ban has affected them so far.

Feature | How Estonia is helping Ukraine develop e-governance

04.09.20 NEWS ... It's well known that Estonia is a leader in e-governance, but what it does to help other countries implement their own e-services is perhaps less well known. ERR News spoke to Hannes Astok from the e-Governance Academy (eGA), about how Estonia has helped Ukraine in the e-governance sphere over the last decade.

Feature | Estonia launches coronavirus exposure notification app 'HOIA'

20.08.20 NEWS ... Estonia's coronavirus exposure notification app "HOIA" launches today (August 20) and is now available to download. ERR News spoke to Priit Tohver, Ministry of Social Affairs adviser in the field of e-services and innovation, to find out what the app does and how you can use it.

Feature | First Estonian nominated for British LGBT leadership award

02.08.20 NEWS ... Ian Gustav Ahlberg is the first Estonian to be nominated for a British LGBT Award, and has been recognised for his leadership skills promoting the voices of the Financial Times' LGBTQ+ community. ERR News caught up with Ahlberg last month to discuss his life, work and the differences between LGBTQ+ rights in the U.K. and Estonia.

Feature | FAQs: Applications open for Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa

01.08.20 NEWS ... On August 1, applications will open for Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa, which will allow people to come to Estonia and stay as a tourist, while continuing to work for a foreign employer or as a freelancer.

Feature | ETV 65: An insight into then and now with director Jüri Pihel

19.07.20 NEWS ... Estonian National Television (ETV) is turning 65 today (July 19) and ERR News celebrated the occasion by interviewing the legendary director and producer Jüri Pihel.

Feature: Estonians starting to have more kids — because they can

11.07.20 NEWS ... While many first world countries are becoming childless, Estonians are finding ways to halt their long decline in fertility, Marian Männi writes for Research in Estonia.

Graphics: Most popular majors at Estonian universities in 2020

08.07.20 NEWS ... Nearly all universities in Estonia received more applications this year than last. The popularity of various degree programs, however, remained largely unchanged on year.

Infographic: Strict weapons laws in Estonia, Europe have proven justified

11.06.20 NEWS ... Based on an international survey, Estonia is one of the countries where relatively few people have died, or die, in firearms accidents. The number of violent fatalities has decreased by at least half in the last decade. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the strict conditions for applying for the weapons permit have therefore been justified.

Study: Half of all victims of sexual abuse do not report incidents

27.05.20 NEWS ... Half of the victims of sexual abuse do not tell anyone about what happened to them, and around a tenth of the victims did not know anyone to talk to or turn to, ERR's Novaator portal reports. A fall in reported numbers during the coronavirus pandemic was largely because teachers and educators – those who report incidents and suspected incidents to the police the most – had been away from the children under their charge due to quarantining requirements.

Gallery: Thousands of KGB-snapped singing revolution photos enter archives

21.05.20 NEWS ... 6,000 original camera negatives were given to the film section of the National Archives (Riigiarhiiv) on May 20. The negatives are from snaps by the KGB - the Soviet Union's main internal security organ - during the Singing Revolution era, and concerns mass eventsbetween 1987-1991. ETV show "Pealtnägija" had the chance to see the photos.

Coronavirus home quarantining behind uptick in home sauna products boom

15.05.20 NEWS ... While the coronavirus pandemic has brought disruption and downturn to swathes of the Estonian economy, particularly the transport, tourist and hospitality sectors, one area which seems to have bucked the trend so far is the home sauna business.

Feature: Tallinn cafes face challenging times during emergency situation

06.05.20 NEWS ... When the emergency situation was introduced in Estonia to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many businesses closed their doors - but not all. ERR News has spoken to cafe owners, who would usually rely on passing trade, commuters and tourists to keep them busy, about how they have coped during this difficult time.

Feature: Resilience, connection with nature will see Saaremaa rebirth

07.04.20 NEWS ... Such a precarious global event can have many people questioning if there is anywhere on earth yet to be significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, writes Australian journalist Ben Jones, who lives on Saaremaa, the worst affected region of Estonia in the coronavirus pandemic so far.

Timeline: How Saaremaa became the epicenter of Estonia's COVID-19 outbreak

06.04.20 NEWS ... Saaremaa has become the epicenter of Estonia's coronavirus outbreak after overtaking Harju County as the region with the highest number of cases. ERR News has created a timeline which helps to explain the chain of events which led to this situation.

Feature: Estonia's UN Security Council non-permanent member seat explained

02.01.20 NEWS ... On January 1, 2020 Estonia took up its seat on the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for the first time. Here's what you need to know about the Security Council and Estonia's ambitions for the coming years.

ERR News looks back at 2019 in Estonia

30.12.19 NEWS ... The last year of the 2010s has almost drawn to a close, and turned out to be as eventful a year in Estonia as it has been elsewhere.

Jüri Ratas' year-end interview: I don't want to be president

28.12.19 NEWS ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) gave a year-end interview to ERR's Russian-language TV channel ETV+, covering a range of topics including the status of native Russian-speaking politicians in a coalition including the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), the future of oil shale, the influence of big business in the country, and his relations with the president.

'How do you shoot people?': Remembering Afghanistan, 40 years on

27.12.19 NEWS ... December 27 marks the 40th anniversary of the outbreak of the nine-year Soviet-Afghanistan war. ERR's Toomas Sildam met one of that war's Estonian veterans, who recalled the opening salvo of what was supposed to be a short operation, just three days later on December 27, with the assault on the Tajbeg Palace, near the Afghan capital, Kabul, and the assassination, after more than one previous failed attempt, of the Afghan leader Hafizullah Amin, who the Soviet Union had lulled into a false sense of security but who was suspected of being a United States spy.

Gallery: Researcher finds 30 new ways to see Estonia

20.12.19 NEWS ... Have you ever wondered where the majority of road accidents take place in Estonia? Or how about places that contain blue, black, or white in their names? Or what would happen if you flooded Estonia up to 100 meters? If so, University of Tartu senior researcher Evelyn Uuemaa has some answers for you.

Pealtnägija's unsanctioned portrait of Margus Linnamäe

28.11.19 NEWS ... Last week, Ekspress Group named Margus Linnamäe Estonia's most influential person, ahead even of the president and prime minister. The total turnover of all his companies is nearing a billion euros, with interests ranging from diapers to the media, not to mention political influence. Despite this, the tycoon has remained so mysterious that most of his employees would not recognize him on the street and goes to considerable lengths to make sure that remains the case. That is why Taavi Eilat presents an unsanctioned portrait of the man also described as Estonia's first oligarch in Pealtnägija on Wednesday.

Head of the Catholic Church in Estonia on life in a secular world

18.11.19 NEWS ... One of the more common statements you hear about Estonia is that it is more or less the most secular, or least religious, country in Europe. Despite this, the country has a small but active Roman Catholic populace, numbering a few thousand, also getting somewhat of a boost by Pope Francis' visit in 2018.

Feature: Lohusuu School defines itself not by language, but by small size

17.11.19 FEATURE ... While the majority of public schools in Estonia provide Estonian-language education, Russian remains the primary language of instruction at a substantial number of schools, particularly in cities and regions with significant Russian-speaking populations. As educators, experts and lawmakers continue to debate whether and how to transition to a fully Estonian-language model, one tiny school in a rural borough on the northern coast of Lake Peipus continues to operate bilingually — as it has for more than a century already.

Interview: Finnish Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen in Tallinn

09.11.19 FEATURE INTERVIEWS ... Who Estonia's next prosecutor general will be is still up in the air at the time of writing, as current incumbent Lavly Perling comes to the end of her first five-year term. In Finland, the appointment has no such shelf-life.

Feature: Foreigners face challenges buying real estate in Estonia

04.11.19 FEATURE ... As 2020 approaches, there are few major bureaucratic processes left in Estonia that even now cannot be done online. Getting married is one — closing on a home is another. Despite this, thousands of non-locals are buying real estate in Estonia, among them Finns, Russians, and even diaspora Estonians. ERR News spoke with representatives from banks, real estate agencies, the Ministry of the Interior and a few buyers themselves about what the process of finding home, sweet home in Estonia looks like.

Operation Tractable introduces British Army personnel to the sauna

03.11.19 NEWS ... Operation Tractable, the large-scale, Europe-wide NATO exercise running from late October to early November, has brought hundreds of NATO personnel to Estonia, including paras from the 16th Air Assault Brigade, who took part in the largest ever military parachute drop in Estonia on Friday.

Feature: Remembering Estonian political prisoner Kalju Mätik

28.10.19 NEWS ... Former political prisoner Kalju Mätik passed away this month and is to be laid to rest in Tartu on Monday. Journalist and consultant Jüri Estam looks at the siginficance of Mätik's life and actions, and hopes that future generations will honor those who gave up practically everything to keep the spark of Estonian independence alive during the decades of Soviet occupation.
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