Interior minister meets high-level law enforcement officials on US trip

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.

Gallery: €7 million medical, logistics developments open at Tapa base

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.

Gallery: Bank of Estonia unveils commemorative Treaty of Tartu €2 coin

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.

Gallery: Kersti Kaljulaid visits Russian Bellingshausen Antarctic station

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.

Gallery: Nature showing signs of spring in mid-January

21.01.20 ... Throughout Estonia, nature is showing signs of spring, despite the fact that it is only mid-January.

Gallery: Chinese New Year celebrated in Tallinn

20.01.20 ... For the 19th time, Chinese New Year was celebrated at Freedom Square in Tallinn on Sunday.

Gallery: President Kersti Kaljulaid meets Chilean counterpart in Santiago

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.

Gallery: Helicopter medivac tested in Lääne-Viru County

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.

Gallery: Arvo Pärt's children's songs translated into Braille

15.01.20 ... In a gift to the blind children of Tallinn Helen's School, the Arvo Pärt Center presented the school with textbooks of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's children's songs translated into Braille.

Ott Tänak confident about new season as Hyundai unveils car

14.01.20 ... Ott Tänak's new WRC team, Hyundai Motorsport, has unveiled its 2020 car ahead of the season starting at the Monte Carlo Rally later this month.

Current punishments for drunk drivers not harsh enough, says Reinsalu

13.01.20 ... Punishments for repeat drunk driving were most recently made harsher in 2017. Behind these efforts were then-justice minister and current foreign affairs minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa).

Gallery: EDF opens new air operations control center in Tallinn

11.01.20 ... The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) opened the new building of the air operations Control and Reporting Centre in Tallinn on Friday.

Gallery: Reinsalu urges end to Middle East tensions in debut UNSC speech

10.01.20 ... Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) gave his maiden address at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York on Thursday, following the start of Estonia's two-year stint as a non-permanent member. Reinsalu focused on tension in the Middle East region in the aftermath of the standoff between the U.S. and Iran.

Gallery: Renovated Tallinn German High School reopens in Mustamäe

06.01.20 ... Renovations on Tallinn German High School that began exactly a year ago were recently completed, and students and faculty began the new year by returning to a modern school building.

Gallery: US marines bring Toys for Tots to Sillamäe

06.01.20 ... Personnel from the United States Marine Corps handed over toys to a children's home in the eastern Estonian town of Sillamäe, current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera reported at the weekend.

Gallery: President attends War of Independence ceasefire ceremony in Narva

03.01.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is in Narva, where the centennial of the ceasefire in the War of Independence and those to have died in the war are being commemorated on Friday.

Gallery: Annual New Year's Concert in Tallinn

02.01.20 ... 2020 got off to a start with the traditional annual New Year's Eesti Kontsert/Hennesy concert, at the Estonia concert hall in Tallinn.

President Kersti Kaljulaid celebrates birthday with Kadriorg reception

30.12.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid celebrated her birthday on Monday, with a reception attended by one of her predecessors, Arnold Rüütel, and his wife Ingrid.

Gallery: ERR annual awards presented at Christmas party

20.12.19 ... Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) presented its annual awards for outstanding work at its company-wide Christmas party on Thursday night.

Gallery: Santa Claus visits MPs at Riigikogu

19.12.19 ... According to tradition, Santa Claus paid a visit to the Riigikogu during its final sitting of the calendar year on Thursday, and MPs were expected, like Estonian children, to perform for Santa.

Gallery: Estonian Santa Claus, Russian Grandfather Frost meet in Narva

19.12.19 ... In keeping with a years-old tradition, Estonia's Santa Claus ("jõuluvana") and Russia's Ded Moroz ("näärivana"), otherwise known as Old Man or Grandfather Frost, met in the Northeastern Estonian border city of Narva on Wednesday.

Gallery: President receives friend of the press award 2019

18.12.19 ... Representatives of the Estonian Association of Media Enterprises presented President Kersti Kaljulaid with her award of Friend of the Press 2019, a trophy shaped like a megaphone, ERR reports.

'Truth and Justice' shortlisted for best international feature Oscar

17.12.19 ... Based on the novel of the same name by Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian movie "Truth and Justice" has been shortlisted for the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards, ERR's Menu portal reports.

French defense chief visits Mali-based EDF personnel

16.12.19 ... Chief of the French Defence Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre visited an Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) unit in the West African country of Mali last week, to get acquainted with Estonians' activities, armaments, equipment and an Estonian-built Milrem robotic vehicle, ERR reports.

Gallery: Nationwide Christmas peace declared in Jõgeva

16.12.19 ... Bishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Joel Luhamets declared the Christmas Peace for all of Estonia in Jõgeva on the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday.

Tallinn sportspeople of the year are Anett Kontaveit and Heiki Nabi

12.12.19 ... Tallinn sportspeople of the year are tennis player Anett Kontaveit and wrestler Heiki Nabi, ERR's sports portal reports.

Gallery: President appoints Arvo Aller next rural affairs minister

10.12.19 ... On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) and Arvo Aller (EKRE) met with President Kersti Kaljulaid at Kadriorg, where the president formally appointed Aller the next minister of rural affairs.

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.
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