10.07.20 ... From July 9-11, Tallinn's iconic TV tower is celebrating its 40th birthday, and among events marking the occasion is the traditional BASE Boogie jump marathon. Despite poor weather conditions, BASE jumpers kicked off the event on Thursday.
03.07.20 ... On Friday, at the invitation of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), a charity event was held in the Tallinn Botanic Garden that brought together representatives of fields that assisted the government in resolving the coronavirus crisis.
30.06.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday during her three-day official visit to Germany.
23.06.20 ... President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) marked this year's Victory Day by issuing a video statement in which he said it was the duty of all Estonians to defend their homeland.
22.06.20 ... The jury of the architectural contest for the Stroomi Beach building in Tallinn chose the design "Rannahoov" as the winner.
18.06.20 ... Merike Jürilo, who announced her resignation as Health Board director on Thursday, and Minister of Social affairs Tanel Kiik (Center), whose withdrawal of public support for Jürilo was reported by daily Postimees Wednesday, held a joint press conference to give their sides of the story.
16.06.20 ... On Tuesday, the first stage of the Kopli beach promenade in Tallinn was opened. While the construction in the Kopli Liinid development is carried out by Fund Ehitus, the promenade is located on city property.
15.06.20 ... Sunday saw commemoration ceremonies nationwide, marking the 79th anniversary of the June deportations, including in the western Estonian towns of Haapsalu and Risti.
14.06.20 ... An installation titled "Wagon of Tears" (Pisarate vagun) commemorating the victims of the June deportation of 1941 was set up in Tallinn's Freedom Square on Saturday.
10.06.20 ... Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) is currently on an official visit to Finland, where on Tuesday he met with Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen to discuss regional security and bilateral cooperation as well as laid wreaths at the Cross of Heroes in Hietaniemi Cemetery, the Monument to the Finnish Boys and the Marshal Mannerheim Monument.
09.06.20 ... June 8 marked 100 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Finland, an occasion celebrated jointly in Tallinn and Helsinki on Monday. Linked via video chat, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) and Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto symbolically signed a historical document of recognition of diplomatic relations in Tallinn and Helsinki, respectively.
06.06.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid has spent the last three days visiting Valga, Võru and Tartu Counties in southern Estonia, where she has met with local leaders, visited local businesses and pitched in to help clear old fishing nets from Lake Peipus.
04.06.20 ... A flag raising ceremony in the western Estonian town of Haapsalu marked the Estonian blue, black and white tricolor's 136th anniversary Thursday morning.
02.06.20 ... Public broadcaster ERR marked its birthday celebrations on June 1 with an award ceremony recognizing outstanding colleagues and projects, in addition to a special prize for coverage of the coronavirus emergency situation.
01.06.20 ... In the city center of Rapla, a sculpture "Riinimanda Helin" has been opened to celebrate the consistency of the music traditions of young people. The bearer of this during the last 30 years has been the Riinimanda Choir Studio under the guidance of Urve Uusberg.
21.05.20 ... 6,000 original camera negatives were given to the film section of the National Archives (Riigiarhiiv) on May 20. The negatives are from snaps by the KGB - the Soviet Union's main internal security organ - during the Singing Revolution era, and concerns mass eventsbetween 1987-1991. ETV show "Pealtnägija" had the chance to see the photos.
18.05.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is touring the western Estonian islands of Saaremaa, Muhu and Hiiumaa this week.
15.05.20 ... A search for two bears spotted in the Haabersti district of Tallinn on Thursday has been called off with no result. The two bears, a mother and her cub, were first sighted on a health track near the Open Air Museum (Vabaõhumuuseum) on Thursday morning, sparking an over 12-hour search involving drones, dogs and thermal imaging cameras and drawing on the resources of both the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) and the Rescue Board (Päästeamet). Work started again at around 3.30 a.m. on Friday, but despite their efforts the bears were not located and are thought to have left the area.
14.05.20 ... A mother bear with a cub is at large in the area between the Rocca al Mare open air museum (Vabaõhumuuseum) and the shopping mall of the same name, in the Haabersti district of western Tallinn.
10.05.20 ... While people still took flowers to the Soviet Bronze Soldier monument at the Defense Forces Cemetery in Tallinn on Saturday to mark the passing of 75 years from the allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, attempts were made to avoid mass gatherings and visitors did not linger.
06.05.20 ... Last month, ERR issued a call for its readers to submit photos and videos of birds. Here is a selection of some of the submitted photos.
29.04.20 ... Restaurants, bars and cafes on Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square) in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town, normally busy with customers even outside tourist season, have had to cut prices by as much as 50 percent to attract business, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects. At the same time, rent reductions are the only measure keeping some businesses afloat, and some have closed.
02.04.20 ... A seal pup has been spotted on Inglirand Beach along Reidi Road in Tallinn whose photos are already making the rounds on social media.
30.03.20 ... Tallinn's streets were looking about as deserted as you would expect them to be during the coronavirus emergency situation and its restrictions. ERR's Siim Lõvi took some snaps of the once-thronging Old Town.
25.03.20 ... The walls of Patarei prison in Tallinn were illuminated in red on Wednesday evening to mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet mass deportations of March 1949. The installation is dedicated to those who were deported and repressed by the Soviet Union.
25.03.20 ... The Riigikogu will elect a president and two vice-presidents on Wednesday - most likely the board will continue in its current composition. The election procedure was slightly changed to account for the measures introduced by the emergency situation.
24.03.20 ... Tartu City Government will close all publicly-owned sports and playgrounds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) from Tuesday. The Tartu Crisis Team urges people to stay at home or keep a distance of two meters apart while outdoors.
24.03.20 ... As of Tuesday, Tallinn has closed public playgrounds and sports grounds to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading in urban areas.
11.03.20 ... A four-day international drug, bomb and weapons dog training week began on Monday in the course of which dog handlers and their canine partners from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are practicing finding various substances and weapons as well as exchanging essential knowledge and skills.
11.03.20 ... Last Friday, an exhibition and audiovisual installation titled "Time Flies over Harbors," dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Estonian Maritime Museum, was opened at the Seaplane Harbor in Tallinn.
10.03.20 ... Monday, March 9 marked the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Tallinn by Soviet forces. The tragic event was commemorated in the capital city with the tolling of church bells all over town and the lighting of grave candles along Harju Street.
05.03.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is in the United States on an official visit, meeting yesterday with Donald Trump's senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and adviser Ivanka Trump, in Washington. She also met Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien.
03.03.20 ... Emergency services were called to a fire that broke out in an apartment building on Tallinn's Viru Street Monday night. Residents were evacuated.
29.02.20 ... The Eesti Laul grand final, the event to decide which song and artist(s) represents Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, sees a pro-celebrity tennis match, featuring top Estonian player Anett Kontaveit and former top goalkeeper Mart Poom, as one of its features when broadcast Saturday night.
28.02.20 ... Throughout the day on Friday, all of the finalists in the 2020 edition of Eesti Laul are giving press conferences between their last rehearsals ahead of Saturday's Eesti Laul grand finale. The winner of Eesti Laul will go on to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May.
27.02.20 ... Wednesday morning, February 26, saw an English-language press briefing hosted by ERR, with attendees coming from several foreign missions and other organizations.
26.02.20 ... After a virtually snow-less November, December and January in most of Estonia, winter has decided to wait till the last week of February to make an appearance, with heavy snowfall overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, especially in northern areas, Saaremaa and South Estonia.
25.02.20 ... The presidential reception in Viljandi marking Estonian Independence Day included a concert, called "Every bird has its own song," (Estonian: "Igal linnul on oma laul").
24.02.20 ... Guests at the traditional Independence Day presidential reception, hosted by Kersti Kaljulaid and her husband Georgi-Rene Maksimovski, started arriving at Viljandi's Ugala Theater a little before 5.30 p.m. Monday, February 24.
24.02.20 ... A special train taking invited guests to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid's Independence Day reception departed Tallinn Monday afternoon, bound for Viljandi, where the event takes place this year.
24.02.20 ... Estonian independence day was marked in Kuressaare, capital of the country's largest island, Saaremaa, at 10 a.m. at the War of Independence monument.
24.02.20 ... The 102nd anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Estonia was marked with the traditional parade starting in Freedom Square in Tallinn from midday Monday, February 24.
10.02.20 ... Interior minister Mart Helme (EKRE) met with department of justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other law enforcement officials while on a recent trip to he United States.
06.02.20 ... A new development opened Wednesday at Tapa base, in Lääne-Viru County, comprising an extension of the medical center, a helicopter landing pad and another three-storey logistics building.
01.02.20 ... Immediately prior to the start of an international conference dedicated to the centennial of the Treaty of Tartu held at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) on Saturday, the Bank of Estonia also unveiled its new commemorative €2 coin dedicated to the same.
30.01.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid paid a visit to the Russian Bellingshausen Station in Antarctica on Wednesday, part of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the discovery of that continent.
21.01.20 ... Throughout Estonia, nature is showing signs of spring, despite the fact that it is only mid-January.
20.01.20 ... For the 19th time, Chinese New Year was celebrated at Freedom Square in Tallinn on Sunday.
17.01.20 ... Kersti Kaljulaid was on an official visit to Chile on Thursday, meeting with the head of state of the South American country, President Sebastian Pinera, in Santiago. The two discussed intensifying cooperation between authorities and companies in their respective countries, particularly in digital and cyber security areas. Climate change and the UN Security Council were also on the table.
17.01.20 ... The emergency services have been trialling medical evacuation by Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) helicopter for people seriously injured in traffic accidents, with initial tests showing a journey time of around half an hour from accident to hospital.
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