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Gallery: New Arvo Pärt Centre opening in Laulasmaa this week

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.

Photos, gallery: 2018 Teachers of the Year announced at ceremony in Tallinn

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.

Gallery: Students primary force behind excavation of medieval Kalamaja find

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.

Gallery: Minister of Defence visits Estonian troops in Afghanistan

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.

Cornerstone laid of new Haapsalu Episcopal Castle museum

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.

Gallery: Earl, Countess of Wessex meet with Tallinn English College pupils

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.

Gallery, video: Song Festival arch renovations in full swing

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.

Culture.ee: 'A century of the Estonian home in the city'

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.

Gallery: Music Awards held at Tallinn Airport on International Music Day

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.

Gallery: Victims of MS Estonia sinking remembered in Tallinn

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.

Gallery: PPA introduces newest version of Estonian ID card

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.

Gallery: Ratas sees off Pope Francis at Tallinn Airport

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.

Gallery: Pope Francis' visit through the eyes of spectators

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.

Gallery: President Kaljulaid receives Pope Francis at Kadriorg

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.

Gallery: Pope Francis arrives in Tallinn

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.

Gallery: Final preparations in Tallinn complete ahead of Pope's arrival

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.

Gallery: Ratas meets with Estonian community in New York

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.

Gallery: Ratas visits island of Hiiumaa

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).

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.

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