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Gallery: Elron Trains start running on Riisipere-Turba rail link

08.12.19 ... The first Elron train to run on the newly-opened Riisipere-Turba rail extension in northwestern Estonia left Tallinn station on Sunday.

Gallery: Baltic prime ministers united on moving Rail Baltic forward

07.12.19 ... Prime ministers of all three Baltic States have pledged their support for Rail Baltic, the planned high-speed electric rail connection linking Tallinn to the Polish-Lithuanian border, Baltic News Service reports, noting an increased governmental coordination going forward, in the wake of controversies in the private sector management of the project.

Gallery: Christmas forest unveiled in front of president's office

07.12.19 ... Friday, the Christmas forest, which was prepared in cooperation with RMK, was opened in front of the Office of the President of the Republic.

Government marks University of Tartu centennial with special session

05.12.19 ... Thursday saw the coalition government's regular Thursday sitting take place at the University of Tartu, marking the centennial of the founding of the national university.

Gallery: Jüri Ratas attends working dinner with Donald Trump

05.12.19 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) attended a working dinner with United States President Donald Trump in London on Wednesday, following a NATO leaders' meeting at the summit there. The lunch was open to leaders from countries who have met the 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution to NATO requirement, ERR reports.

Galleries: University of Tartu marks 100 years of Estonian-language school

01.12.19 ... While the University of Tartu in its earliest form was first established in 1632, Estonian did not become the university's official language of instruction until Dec. 1, 1919. This year, Estonia's national university is celebrating the centennial of this milestone, with the jubilee culminating in two days of celebrations on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Head of Estonian Lutheran church meets Patriarch Kirill in Moscow

29.11.19 ... Head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Archbishop Urmas Viilma met head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill in Moscow on Friday.

Gallery: Saaremaa gold bracelet on display for just five days

28.11.19 ... A gold bracelet dating from the 3rd century A.D. found in Saaremaa in September has gone on display at Kuressaare Castle, though only for five days.

Gallery: Governor General of Canada Julie Payette visits Estonia

27.11.19 ... Governor General of Canada Julie Payette is currently on a two-day visit to Estonia, Canada's first official high-level visit to the country, which she began with a meeting with President Kersti Kaljulaid at Kadriorg.

Gallery: New photo collection documents architectural changes in Tallinn

27.11.19 ... A collection of Rein Vainküla's architectural photography is to be unveiled at Tallinn University of Technology on Friday, which documents, among other things, the modernist upheaval in Tallinn's urban construction between the 1960s and 1980s, ERR's culture portal reports.

Gallery: Finnish parliament speaker meets with Riigikogu president

25.11.19 ... On a visit to Estonia on Monday, Speaker of the Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) Matti Vanhanen met with President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE), with whom he discussed matters related to the Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU, the activities of both countries' parliaments as well as cooperation between the two.

Galleries: Navy and Air Force mark 101st anniversaries

22.11.19 ... The Estonian Navy and Air Force marked their 101st anniversaries on Thursday.

NATO will discuss strengthening Estonia's air defense

19.11.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Monday, discussing security issues and preparations ahead of a NATO leaders' meeting in the United Kingdom next month.

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

17.11.19 ... 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.

No-confidence motion in rural affairs minister fails

14.11.19 ... A motion of no-confidence in rural affairs minister Mart Järvik (EKRE) failed a Riigikogu vote on Thursday.

Former ski coach Alaver sentenced to probation for doping involvement

14.11.19 ... Harju County Court sentenced former national ski coach Mati Alaver to probation for facilitating doping activities on Thursday, ERR reports.

Gallery: Estonian wildlife beds down for winter

12.11.19 ... Now we're well into November, even the wildlife has resigned itself to the fact that autumn is passing, and winter is nearly upon us, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Portraits from Soviet occupations reappear at rural affairs ministry

12.11.19 ... Portraits of former agriculture and rural affairs ministers during the Soviet occupation of Estonia, have reappeared at the rural affairs ministry, ERR reports.

Gallery: Tallinn Christmas tree felled in Haabersti

07.11.19 ... This year's Christmas tree, which is being put up in Tallinn's Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square) on Thursday, is once again a native of Estonia's capital city, having grown on a property on Rõika tänav in Haabersti.

Gallery: New foreign trade and IT minister Kaimar Karu starts work

07.11.19 ... Incoming foreign trade and IT minister Kaimar Karu took his oath of office at the Riigikogu Thursday.

Gallery: New British unit begins rotation in NATO Battlegroup Estonia

06.11.19 ... A unit of the Queen's Royal Hussars to arrive in Estonia in the framework of the Tractable exercise formally began its five-month rotation in NATO Battlegroup Estonia with a ceremony held at Tapa Army Base on Tuesday.

Gallery: Top three winning designs unveiled for Ülemiste terminal

06.11.19 ... The top three winning designs for the future Rail Baltica terminal in Tallinn's Ülemiste neighborhood were unveiled on Wednesday, one of which will be selected, following negotiations, as the guiding design for when planning begins.

Gallery: President Kaljulaid on visit to Kuwait

06.11.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is currently on a visit to Kuwait, where she met on Tuesday with Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to discuss cooperation in the UN as well as the generation of business opportunities for both countries' businesses.

Gallery: Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Maicel Uibo talk sports on Hommik Anuga

03.11.19 ... In an appearance on Sunday's episode of weekly morning program Hommik Anuga, 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship silver medalists Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Maicel Uibo spoke with host Anu Välba about their recent historic double medal and how they support one another as athletes.

Gallery: EKRE protest in Tartu attracts LGBT+ supporters

01.11.19 ... On Friday afternoon, supporters of the coalition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), many of them on the older side, gathered in Tartu's Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square) to protest against LGBT+ events being held at a youth center in Tartu. Young counterprotesters also arrived on the scene in support of the LGBT+ community.

Gallery: Winning design chosen for central Tartu parking garage

30.10.19 ... Winner of a design competition for a new parking garage complex in Tartu has been chosen, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Gallery: Saturday was pumpkin day at Tallinn Zoo

28.10.19 ... Tallinn Zoo (Tallinna loomaaed) broke the record for the intake of produce at its annual pumpkin drive this year, surpassing last year's total of 20 tons of the gourd and filling out all of its storage capacity over the weekend.

Gallery: Over 30,000 still without power Monday morning, following storms

28.10.19 ... Nearly 32,000 customers were still without electricity Monday morning, following storms which ravaged much of western and southern Estonia on Sunday afternoon, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

Gallery: Storms leave tens of thousands of households without power

28.10.19 ... Tens of thousands of homes across Estonia were left without electricity as high winds lashed the country. South Estonia was most affected, as the weather service issued a level one storm warning, and the southern town of Võru was left completely cut off.

Gallery: Macho the police dog retires after 10 years' service

26.10.19 ... Macho the German Shepherd dog is retiring from police service after celebrating his 10th birthday, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Gallery: President Kaljulaid visits Okas snap exercise

17.10.19 ... Speaking at the Estonian Defence Forces' (EDF) Central Training Area on Thursday morning, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that the snap exercise Okas 2019 has once again demonstrated the efficiency and combat readiness of Estonia's reserve forces.

Gallery: ERR Blood donation day

26.09.19 ... Thursday saw a blood donation drive at ERR as personnel from North Estonia Regional Hospital's (Põhja-Eesti Regionaalhaigla) Blood Center (Verekeskus) visited the News House on Kreutzwaldi Street in Tallinn.

Photos: Second-tier Tallinn court handling Estonia sinking victims case

24.09.19 ... A new review of the case of the sinking of the MS Estonia began in Tallinn Administrative Court on Tuesday. The primary demand of the plaintiffs in the case is a new dive to the shipwreck.

Gallery: Resistance day marked across Estonia

23.09.19 ... Sunday saw the marking of national day of resistance in Estonia, which commemorates all those who stood for the preservation of Estonia's national continuity and independence during the close-on half a century of Soviet occupation.

Gallery: Prime minister salutes US Baltic communities while in New York

23.09.19 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) greeted representatives of the Estonian community in North America, as well as those of Latvia and Lithuania, at an event hosted at Estonian House in New York on Sunday.

Gallery: Kai Art Center opens in former submarine factory

21.09.19 ... Kai Art Center opened in a former submarine factory in Tallinn's Noblessneri sadam (Port Noblessner) on Friday. The new center will be the first permanent home for Estonian contemporary art.

Gallery: Second World Cleanup Day underway

21.09.19 ... The second World Cleanup Day (WCD), a large-scale worldwide civic action with its roots in Estonia, kicked off on the Pacific island of Fiji and will end in Hawaii, involving millions of volunteers in 163 countries — including several tens of thousands of Estonians — coming together to clean up their respective countries around the world.

Gallery: Concert held to mark 75th anniversary of Great Refugee Flight

20.09.19 ... On Thursday evening a speech and concert was held on Tallinn's Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square) which commemorated Estonians fleeing from the Soviet Union 75 years ago.

Gallery: Restoration work breathes new life into medieval interior artwork

17.09.19 ... Restoration of a church in Estonia have brought new life to interior paintings from the later middle ages, according to a report on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera.

Two injured as train crashes into car in Järva County

16.09.19 ... At approximately 9:15 a.m. on Monday, a passenger train crashed into a Renault vehicle at a level crossing lacking a crossing gate in Türi Municipality. Two passengers in the vehicle sustained injuries in the collision.

Gallery: Literary street festival held in Kadriorg

14.09.19 ... Saturday saw the literary street festival (Kirjandustänava festival) in Tallinn, which celebrated Estonian literature, its heritage and the literary scene in the country, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Gallery: Hirve Park rally brings protest close to government's front door

14.09.19 ... A demonstration at Hirve Park in Tallinn Saturday called for the resignation of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and his government.

Gallery: Estonia defeated 4-0 by Holland in Euros qualifier

10.09.19 ... Estonia's national football team lost 4-0 at home to the Netherlands in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn Monday night, leaving the team firmly rooted at the bottom of Group C.

Gallery: Autum 10-km race a warmer for Sunday's marathon

07.09.19 ... Saturday saw the 10-kilometer Optibet Autmn Race (Sügisjooks) won by Vasil Koval (Ukraine) in 30 minutes and 10 seconds. Otmane Nait-Hammou (Sweden) and Ibrahim Mukunga (Kenya) finished a few seconds later in second and third place, with fourth place going to Estonian Karel Hussar, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

Gallery: Helicopter or plane? A bit of both, as US V-22 flies over Tallinn

07.09.19 ... Readers out and about in central Tallinn a bit before 4 p.m. on Saturday may have already spotted this beast as it made a low flyover, but perhaps weren't sure at the time what it was.

Gallery: New Estonian-language upper secondary school opens in Kohtla-Järve

01.09.19 ... Sunday, Sept. 1 marked the start of the new school year in Estonia, with students all over the country attending ceremonies and getting reacquainted with school friends and teachers. One upper secondary school (Gümnaasium) in Kohtla-Järve, Ida-Viru County, opened its doors for the very first time, welcoming just over 320 students. The school teaches in the Estonian language in a region with a large proportion of native Russian-language speakers.

Gallery: Night of ancient bonfires lights up Estonia as summer ends

01.09.19 ... The night of Saturday, Aug. 31 saw the night of ancient bonfires (Estonian: muinastulede öö) marked across the country with fires large and small heralding the end of summer.

Opinion: State hinting it's time to cut corners on Estonia's eastern border

29.08.19 ... Even broken up across a period of several years, a total price tag of €320 million for a modern Estonian-Russian border seems to be too much for a government struggling with budget issues. And so now Estonia has to start looking for corners to cut from the original plans and lean on the EU for as much support as possible, writes journalist Toomas Sildam.

Gallery: First passengers ride driverless bus in Tallinn

29.08.19 ... The first passengers traveled by self driving bus in Kadriorg, Tallinn after a new bus line was launched on Wednesday.

Gallery: IKEA gives sneak peek at Tallinn location opening Thursday

28.08.19 ... While not yet opening a full-sized store, Thursday will mark Swedish furniture giant IKEA's entry into the Estonian market with both the launch of its online store and the opening of a limited brick-and-mortar location in Tallinn featuring an online order pickup point and showroom.
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