12.12.18 ... A number of choirs gathered at the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn at dawn on Wednesday to sing in memory of the legendary Estonian composer and choir conductor Gustav Ernesaks on what would have been his 110th birthday.
10.12.18 ... The Smart and Healthy Estonia (Tark ja Terve Eesti) movement held a protest at Freedom Square on Sunday against the UN Global Compact for Migration and in support of the freedom of speech. At the same time, Estonia 200 convened at the adjacent Wabadus Café, promising an alternative to fearmongering politics.
04.12.18 ... An official ceremony was held on the grounds of the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces in which Gen. Riho Terras handed over command of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) to Maj. Gen. Martin Herem.
08.11.18 ... Continuing a tradition of public Christmas trees going back centuries in Tallinn, this year's official tree, a spruce found growing on Kibuvitsa Street in the capital's own Kristiine District, was cut down at 9:00 this morning and reached Town Hall Square around midday.
06.11.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on Tuesday opened the Alzhir memorial stone in Astana, Kazakhstan, dedicated to the victims of political repressions and totalitarianism. While in Kazakhstan, he also visited Petrovka, a 125-year-old village with Estonian roots.
24.10.18 ... Team Estonia earned the bronze medal in sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia after defeating Poland 2:0 in the bronze medal match.
15.10.18 ... The all new Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa east of Tallinn is opening its doors to the public on Wednesday this week. The centre's new building is the latest in a by now long line of cultural efforts made in Estonia's centennial year.
15.10.18 ... For the 14th time, the Ministry of Education and Research recognised Estonia's best teachers, students and supporters of education, crowning Teachers of the Year in a total of 11 categories. Ülo Vooglaid was also the first recipient of the ministry's Lifetime Achievement Award.
14.10.18 ... Earlier this year, news broke of an extraordinary find of medieval artifacts in Tallinn — not in the famous Old Town, but outside of its walls, in what is the now trendy district of Kalamaja. The thousands of artifacts uncovered at the construction site of the new Mündriku Residents complex at Jahu 6/Väike-Patarei 1 have since reached the hands of the Estonian History Museum, among others, but just two months ago, the priceless objects were still being dug up and bagged up by hand — by students.
11.10.18 ... Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) visited Estonian troops serving in the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. The Estonian infantry platoon deployed to Afghanistan is tasked with offering force protection to allied units advising Afghan security forces.
09.10.18 ... Construction of the new museum started on 6 October, if everything goes according to plan, the museum will open to the public in July next year.
08.10.18 ... On the second day of their two-day visit to Estonia, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex met with students of Tallinn English College, a general education school in Estonia's capital offering in-depth education in the English language for grades 1-12.
05.10.18 ... Construction at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is underway to ensure that singers at the 150th anniversary of the Song Festival in 2019 can feel safe onstage standing under the iconic arch as they perform.
04.10.18 ... It can seem funny to think of the details of our daily lives as a part of history, but isn't history just a collection of stories about daily lives? The clothes we wear, the music we listen to, and — as shown in this exhibit — the furniture that we use to decorate our homes often represents larger social, cultural, and political stories.
02.10.18 ... The Music Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Music Council marked International Music Day on 1 October with the 11th Music Awards gala held at Tallinn Airport.
28.09.18 ... Friday marks the 24th anniversary of the sinking of the MS Estonia in the Baltic Sea, which still remains the deadliest peacetime shipwreck to have occurred in European waters.
27.09.18 ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) on Tuesday introduced the newest version of Estonia's ID card, featuring additional security elements and a contactless interface, which will begin to be rolled out no later than next year.
25.09.18 ... Following the conclusion of Holy Mass in Freedom Square, Pope Francis, who was in Tallinn for a one-day visit on Tuesday, departed Estonia. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) saw the Pope off at Tallinn Airport, thanking him for his visit.
25.09.18 ... Pope Francis arrived in Tallinn on Tuesday morning, where he was received by President Kersti Kaljulaid in Kadriorg. Spectators gathered to catch a glimpse of the head of the worldwide Catholic Church, who is in Estonia for a one-day visit.
25.09.18 ... Following the arrival of his flight at Tallinn Airport on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis traveled to Kadriorg, where he was received by President Kersti Kaljulaid. The head of the worldwide Catholic Church is in Estonia for a one-day visit.
25.09.18 ... Pope Francis arrived at Tallinn Airport shortly before 10:00 EEST on Tuesday. The head of the worldwide Catholic Church is in Estonia for a one-day visit.
25.09.18 ... Tallinn's Freedom Square buzzed with action on Monday as workers quickly set up the square in preparation for Pope Francis' visit and the Holy Mass to be celebrated on Tuesday afternoon.
24.09.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) on Sunday met with members of the Estonian community of New York to hear their opinions on the preservation of Estonian culture and the future of Estonia, celebrating the country's centennial as well as Estonia's increasing role and responsibilities in the world.
23.09.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) on Friday toured Hiiumaa, Estonia's second largest island, where he met with educational workers, local government leaders, entrepreneurs and local residents as well as visited the Hiiu Subdistrict of the volunteer Estonian Defence League (Kaitseliit).
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.
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.
09.09.18 ... Estonian Roman Fosti won Sunday's Tallinn Marathon in 2:24:08.
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.
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.
22.08.18 ... Rene Tammist (SDE) was sworn in as the new Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology before the Riigikogu on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26.07.18 ... A truck backed up into a bus stop pavilion at Tallinn's Freedom Square on Thursday, leaving two injured.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.