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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.

Gallery: Olympic speedskater Saskia Alusalu arrives at Tallinn Airport

27.02.18 ... Estonian speedskater Saskia Alusalu, 23, who finished fourth in the women's mass start speedskating final in Pyeongchang on Saturday, came home to a festive reception at Tallinn Airport late on Monday night.

Gallery: Kaljulaid, Rüütel participate in presidential hike

25.02.18 ... In honor of the Estonian centennial, a hike was organized in Aegviidu on Sunday in which President Kersti Kaljulaid and former President Arnold Rüütel also took part.

Gallery: Peacekeepers in Lebanon celebrate Estonian centennial

25.02.18 ... Estonian troops of the ESTPLA-24 platoon serving in a multinational Finnish-Irish battalion on the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in Lebanon celebrated the Estonian centennial on UN base 6-50 on Saturday.

Gallery: EKRE holds torchlight procession dedicated to Independence Day

24.02.18 ... For the fifth time, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) organized a torchlight procession in honor of Estonia's Independence Day.

Gallery: Independence Day parade on Tallinn's Freedom Square

24.02.18 ... The occasion of the 100th anniversary of Estonian statehood was celebrated with a military parade on Tallinn's Freedom Square. The parade included some 1,100 participants and more than a hundred units of military equipment. The parade was led by Gen. Riho Terras, President Kersti Kaljulaid was present to greet the different units.

Gallery: Estonian centennial begins with flag-raising ceremony at dawn

24.02.18 ... The 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia began on Saturday with a festive raising of the Estonian flag at Toompea Castle's Tall Hermann Tower at dawn.

Russia celebrates Red Army's 100th anniversary in Ivangorod

22.02.18 ... The Russian Armed Forces celebrated the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Red Army on Thursday. The festivities took place in the border town of Ivangorod, just across the bridge from Narva, and just in time for Estonia's centennial week.

Gallery: Estonia's most important monuments decorated with hats and scarves

22.02.18 ... Dozens of sculptures around Estonia were dressed up in blue-black-white hats and scarves on Thursday on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Gallery: Kaljulaid hosts former Estonian heads of state for lunch

22.02.18 ... Ahead of the Estonian centennial, President Kersti Kaljulaid invited former Estonian heads of state and their spouses to lunch at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn on Thursday.

Gallery: Estonian centennial celebrated in Narva

22.02.18 ... All eyes in Estonia were on Narva on Wednesday, which hosted celebrations and events dedicated to the Estonian centennial.

Gallery: Centennial events continue in Haapsalu

21.02.18 ... Major events celebrating the Estonian centennial continued in Haapsalu on Tuesday, where the town's new flag square was opened and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) and Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) presented national awards in research, culture and sports.

Gallery: Haapsalu-Noarootsi ice road opened to traffic

21.02.18 ... At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Estonian Road Administration opened the Haapsalu-Noarootsi ice road to traffic. Vehicles with an actual mass of up to 2.5 tons are permitted to use the ice road.

Gallery: Bank of Estonia introduces Estonia 100 commemorative €2 coin

20.02.18 ... The coin was introduced at the Bank of Estonia on Monday. The coin has the usual common obverse, and on the converse side displays a variation of the Estonia 100 logo that unites the numbers 100 and 18, bringing together the year in which the republic was founded and the centennial.

Gallery: Stenbock House lit up blue, black and white for centennial week

20.02.18 ... Stenbock House, the seat of the Estonian government located on the northern edge of Toompea Hill in Tallinn's medieval Old Town, was lit up blue, black and white on Monday night.

Gallery: Estonian centennial week begins with ceremony in Tallinn

19.02.18 ... Speaking at a ceremony held at the site of the former building in which the Estonian Salvation Committee secretly drew up the Manifest to the Peoples of Estonia in February 1918, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) on Monday declared the week of celebrations marking the centennial of the independent Republic of Estonia as having begun.

Gallery: Shrove Tuesday snowy, sweet in Tartu

13.02.18 ... While temperatures in the Southern Estonian city of Tartu crept up toward the freezing point during the day on Tuesday, making for slushy roads and slippery sidewalks, there was still enough snow on the ground to make for good sledding, and enough lenten buns in cafés to go around — mostly.

Design competition for coming Red Terror Museum in full swing

13.02.18 ... The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory is looking for a design for its planned Red Terror Museum. The choice of location, Tallinn's Patarei prison, makes the competition a formidable challenge, as much of the building's historic substance will need to be restored and made visible to visitors.

Gallery: Signing of Tartu Peace Treaty 98 years ago commemorated in Põlva

02.02.18 ... Speaking at a ceremony in Põlva commemorating the signing of the Tartu Peace Treaty on Feb. 2, 1920, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said that only thanks to the efforts of their courageous forebears can Estonians celebrate the 98th anniversary of the treaty as well as the upcoming centennial of the Republic of Estonia.

GALLERY: Large number of artillery shells found buried in Tallinn bog

30.01.18 ... Over 160 large-caliber artillery shells discovered buried in Pääsküla bog on the outskirts of Tallinn earlier this month were recently dug up, removed and destroyed.

Insignia found in Maarjamäe war graves points to Kriegsmarine personnel

26.01.18 ... Evidence found at the construction site of the new memorial for the victims of communism in Maarjamäe suggests that the German war graves recently discovered hold the remains of members of the Kriegsmarine, the WWII era German navy.

Industrial fire in Ülemiste produces poisonous smoke

25.01.18 ... The Rescue Board closed streets in Tallinn's Ülemiste area on Thursday morning and issued a warning to residents and companies in the area to keep windows shut. Smoke of a fire that broke out in an industrial building in the area was poisonous, the Rescue Board reported.

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