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World Cleanup Day: Total figures not yet final as some cleanups postponed

17.09.18 ... The first ever World Cleanup Day, whose roots lie in the Estonian civic movement Let's Do It!, was held on Saturday, 15 September, with an estimated 13 million people across some 150 countries worldwide pitching in to clean up their local areas. Cleanups were postponed in some parts of the world due to inclement weather and other concerns, however, which means that various WCD figures are not yet final.

Gallery: Tallinn's renovated Tammsaare Park reopens to public

14.09.18 ... Following extensive renovations, Tammsaare Park in the heart of Central Tallinn reopened to the public on Friday, where new features include new paved paths, white benches and a series of frames that are already proving a popular place for visitors to pose for pictures.

GALLERY| Fosti wins Tallinn Marathon

09.09.18 ... Estonian Roman Fosti won Sunday's Tallinn Marathon in 2:24:08.

GALLERY | President starts her week in Narva

29.08.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid will spend the next seven days in Narva, where she will stay at a local guesthouse and work from the University of Tartu's Narva college. The move has already brought the eastern border town increased attention.

Gallery: Victims of Communism Memorial opened in Tallinn

23.08.18 ... The newly completed Victims of Communism Memorial in the Maarjamäe neighbourhood of Tallinn was opened with a special ceremony on Thursday timed to coincide with the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, also known as Black Ribbon Day.

Gallery: Tammist sworn in as new IT minister

22.08.18 ... Rene Tammist (SDE) was sworn in as the new Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology before the Riigikogu on Wednesday.

Gallery: President hosts reception at Kadriorg Rose Garden

20.08.18 ... Continuing a tradition first introduced by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in 2007, President Kersti Kaljulaid held a reception in the Rose Garden of the Presidential Palace in Kadriorg on Monday in honor of the Day of Restoration of Independence.

Police dispatching hundreds of officers to 2018 Weekend Festival

17.08.18 ... The Police and Border Guard are dispatching several hundred officers to this year's Weekend Festival in Pärnu. Several ten thousand visitors are expected to attend the 70 concerts and parties of the festival.

Gallery: Prime minister visits tiny island of Kihnu

16.08.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) visited the remote Western Estonian island of Kihnu on Wednesday, where he met with local government and civic leaders, visited singer Kihnu Virve and the site of the island's new rescue centre, among other things.

Match report and gallery as Atlético beat Real 4-2 in thrilling final

16.08.18 ... So the UEFA Super Cup came and went on a pleasant mid-August night in Tallinn on Wednesday. The game had a lot to live up to after all the build up and was kicking off very late, at 22.00 EEST, to make it an eight-in-the-evening start for fans of both teams back home in Spain. Most of the big names from both teams made an appearance on the pitch, though Belgian 'keeper Thibaut Courtois remained on the bench throughout in favour of yet another World Cup alumnus, Keylor Navas of Costa Rica. Angelo Palmeri gives us his post-match analysis of what turned out to be a pretty eventful game, followed by a gallery of photos of fans, players and everything connected with the event.

Gallery: Estonian platoon enters service in Mali

10.08.18 ... Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) infantry platoon ESPLA-26, which deployed from Estonia early Monday morning, entered service under the French-led anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane this week.

GALLERY | Koutny wins Tallinn Ironman, Albert wins third place

04.08.18 ... Swiss triathlete Philipp Koutny won the first Ironman Tallinn on Saturday. German Marc Dülsen finished second. Estonian Marko Albert came in third, overtaken by Koutny and later Dülsen only 10 km before the finish.

Gallery: Journalist Mati Talvik's funeral held at ETV building in Tallinn

31.07.18 ... Mourners gathered at the Estonian Television building in Tallinn to pay their last respects to longtime ETV journalist Mati Talvik, who died last Wednesday at age 76.

Truck backs into bus stop pavilion at Freedom Square, leaving two injured

26.07.18 ... A truck backed up into a bus stop pavilion at Tallinn's Freedom Square on Thursday, leaving two injured.

Gallery: Saaremaa bear cubs caught, released on mainland

26.07.18 ... The two bear cubs who appeared in a Saaremaa backyard last Thursday evening have been found and returned to the mainland of Estonia, where they're presumed to have come from.

Video and Gallery: The mystery of the Saaremaa bear cubs

23.07.18 ... Two brown bear cubs appeared in a backyard on the island of Saaremaa on Friday evening, which locals have said is highly unusual not to mention something of a mystery.

Gallery: 300 farms across Estonia open doors, gates for Open Farm Day

23.07.18 ... Nearly 300 farms opened their doors to visitors for Estonia's fourth nationwide Open Farm Day on Sunday, allowing them to see firsthand how and where domestic food and agricultural products are produced. Organisers of the event hope it may even inspire some of them to move to the countryside.

Gallery: Col. Riivo Valge takes command of Estonian Air Force

20.07.18 ... The Estonian Air Force celebrated its 99th anniversary at Ämari Air Base on Friday, where Col. Riivo Valge took over command of the branch from Col. Jaak Tarien.

Gallery: Prime Minister gets firsthand look at Ruhnu lifestyle

20.07.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas visited the Estonian island of Ruhnu on Thursday evening, and met with the local people and community leaders to discuss both the positives and negatives of life on the island.

Gallery: Saaremaa Opera Festival opens with Shanghai Opera's 'Carmen'

20.07.18 ... The popular Saaremaa Opera Festival kicked off on Thursday with a production of Georges Bizet's classic opera "Carmen" by the visiting Shanghai Opera House, who is in Estonia for the occasion with a 225-member delegation.

Gallery: Baltic Sun music festival underway in Narva

19.07.18 ... The first ever Baltic Sun, a music festival dedicated to the Estonian centennial, began in Narva on Wednesday. The four-day event brings Estonian and international musicians alike to Estonia's northeastern border city, offering festivalgoers an array of music ranging from pop to rock, folk to jazz and indie to blues.

Sneak peek: Expanded Museum of Occupations to reopen in Tallinn Saturday

13.07.18 ... With a flurry of last-minute preparations still underway before Saturday's opening, the press in Estonia was given a sneak peek at the revamped and expanded Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom in Tallinn on Thursday.

Fire at Ragn-Sells Tallinn waste fuel production plant

29.06.18 ... A waste fuel production plant on Tallinn's Suur-Sõjamäe Street has been on fire since the late afternoon. The Rescue Board is asking area residents to keep windows closed and avoid staying outside in the area.

Gallery: Gaudeamus festival brings over 4,000 Baltic performers to Tartu

25.06.18 ... After an absence of 12 years, the 18th Baltic Students' Song and Dance Festival "Gaudeamus" returned to the Estonian university town of Tartu, offering audiences a three-day Midsummer-themed programme filled with song, dance and light.

Gallery: Seven European presidents in Tartu for Estonia 100, Gaudeamus

22.06.18 ... In honor of the Estonian centennial, President Kersti Kaljulaid invited to Tartu the heads of state of six European countries who have recently celebrated or will soon celebrate their own centennials. Kaljulaid and Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas (Reform) greeted the arriving presidents at a reception in Town Hall Square on Friday afternoon.

Gallery: Kalamaja plot continues to yield up medieval treasures

19.06.18 ... The haul of late medieval artifacts found in ongoing excavations on a Tallinn building site has continued to increase, with the figure so far standing at 15,000; this is the single largest number of finds at one site in Estonia.

Estonia commemorates victims of 1941 June Deportations

14.06.18 ... In June 1941, the Soviet authorities deported 95,000 people from the Baltic States, Poland, Bukovina, and Bessarabia (present-day Moldova and Southwest Ukraine) to force the collectivization of farms and destroy the local rural economies. Estonia commemorates the victims of the deportations every year on 14 June.

Gallery: Dutch king visits Tallinn's Old Town

13.06.18 ... On the second day of his two-day visit to Estonia, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited Tallinn's medieval Old Town together with President Kersti Kaljulaid.

Gallery: Kaljulaid receives visiting Dutch king at Kadriorg

12.06.18 ... On the first day of his two-day state visit to Estonia, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands met with President Kersti Kaljulaid and her husband Georgi-Rene Maksimovski in Kadriorg on Tuesday.

Gallery: Remains of 84 soldiers reburied at German cemetery in Maarjamäe

08.06.18 ... The remains of 84 German soldiers discovered by construction workers during excavation work for the Victims of Communism Memorial in the Maarjamäe neighborhood of Tallinn were reburied at Maarjamäe German Military Cemetery on Friday.

Gallery: Ratas meets with Estonian diaspora community in Toronto

28.05.18 ... While on a visit to Canada, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) took time to meet with members and representatives of Toronto's large Estonian diaspora community and visit the Toronto Estonian House, which houses the Consulate General of Estonia, the Estonian (Toronto) Credit Union and the Toronto Estonian Schools, among other organisations.

Estonian President visits war-torn eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk

24.05.18 ... Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visited the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass region today, Thursday, as part of her official three-day visit to the country.

Gallery: Thousands protest in Tartu in support of Emajõgi River

19.05.18 ... Thousands of protesters turned out along the banks of the Emajõgi River in Tartu on Saturday to speak out against the planned billion-euro pulp mill and in favor of protecting the river that runs through both the region and Estonia's second-largest city itself.

President Kaljulaid on state visit to Greece

18.05.18 ... At her meeting with Greek President Prokópis Pavlópoulos on Thursday, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Estonia recognises and supports Greece's efforts towards solving the European migrant crisis. The state visit is the first of an Estonian president in almost 20 years.

Gallery: Elina Nechayeva returns from Eurovision Song Contest

14.05.18 ... Elina Nechayeva, this year's Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, returned from Portugal early on Monday morning. Nechayeva placed eighth overall with her 245 points for "La Forza".

Gallery: May 9 Victory Day commemorated in parts of Estonia

09.05.18 ... While Wednesday is celebrated throughout the EU as Europe Day, for Soviet Army veterans and others in parts of Estonia, May 9 is Victory Day, a holiday dating back to the Soviet era commemorating the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945 marked with events in Tallinn and elsewhere.

Cornerstone laid for new memorial for victims of communist crimes

04.05.18 ... The cornerstone was laid on Friday for Estonia's new memorial for the victims of communist crimes. The memorial, to be completed this fall, is currently under construction at Tallinn's Maarjamäe site as the latest addition to a number of monuments in the area.

Gallery: Crown prince, princess of Norway arrive at Kadriorg Palace

25.04.18 ... Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway on Wednesday arrived in Estonia for an official two-day visit. President Kersti Kaljulaid received them at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn.

Gallery: Fallen soldiers commemorated in Paldiski on Veterans Day

23.04.18 ... Comrades of fallen soldiers were joined by representatives of the Estonian state, Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), the NATO battle group stationed in Tapa and the diplomatic corps in a ceremony held at the memorial in Paldiski dedicated to Estonian troops who lost their lives while serving on overseas missions.

Kaljulaid meets with French president

10.04.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid, joined by her Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues Raimonds Vējonis and Dalia Grybauskaitė, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, where the four heads of state attended the opening of an exhibit on Baltic symbolism at the Musée d'Orsay together.

Exhibition of Canadian-Estonian architects opening in Tallinn this week

04.04.18 ... "To the New World: Estonian Architects in Toronto" will open this Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Museum of Estonian Architecture. The exhibition provides the first extensive overview of the work of Estonian architects active in Canada after World War II.

Gallery: Ratas, Terras visit Estonian peacekeepers in Lebanon

28.03.18 ... While on a trip to Lebanon, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) and Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeping mission, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, as well as the Estonian troops currently serving there.

Gen. Einseln's ashes embark on final journey to US

28.03.18 ... The ashes of Gen. Aleksander Einseln, the first Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) following the reestablishment of Estonian independence in 1991, were seen off by the EDF in a special ceremony at Tallinn Airport early Wednesday morning. Einseln's ashes will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery just outside of Washington.

Gallery: British defense secretary visits Estonia

26.03.18 ... British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson arrived in Estonia for a two-day visit on Sunday, where his first stop, together with Ministry of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL), was Tapa Army Base to visit the British, Danish and Estonian troops serving there.

Gallery: Estonia commemorates victims of 1949 March Deportations

26.03.18 ... Thousands of candles were lit all over the country on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the 1949 March Deportations. On March 25 that year, more than 22,000 people were forced out of their homes and deported east.

Irish Setters spotted on Tallinn's Freedom Square

17.03.18 ... Tallinn's Freedom Square and St. John's Church were lit up in green on Friday night on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day. Ireland's ambassador to Estonia, Frank Flood, opened Tallinn's small but excellent Greening Parade.

Protesters demand reintroduction of direct democracy in Estonia

13.03.18 ... The Terve Rahvas ("whole nation") foundation organized a protest outside the Riigikogu on Monday. The protesters demanded the reintroduction of the direct-democratic initiative as set out in the Estonian constitutions of both 1920 and 1933.

Gallery: 1944 bombing commemorated in Tallinn

10.03.18 ... March 9-10 marked the 74th anniversary of the March bombings of Tallinn by the Soviet Air Forces, which had destroyed the city of Narva just days prior and before the month was out would go on to bomb the cities of Tartu, Pärnu, Tapa and Jõhvi as well.

Gallery: NATO soldiers march across sea ice to Muhu

09.03.18 ... More than a hundred British and Danish military personnel currently serving as part of the NATO battle group in Tapa marched across the sea ice from the Estonian mainland to the island of Muhu on Thursday. They will participate in a training exercise on the island.

Hiiumaa ferry temporarily running between Virtsu and Heltermaa

02.03.18 ... Because of the currently very low water level in Rohuküla, the Hiiumaa ferry is temporarily running an alternative route between Heltermaa on the island and Virtsu on the mainland.
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