21.07.19 ... Tallinn Zoo celebrated Ice Cream Day on Saturday, when animals and visitors alike had the chance to cool off with frozen treats.
19.07.19 ... A public driverless bus, Estonia's second, made its debut at Tallinn's Kadriorg Park on Friday, part of a six-month pilot introduced by Tallinn Transport Department in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech).
19.07.19 ... Returning to Estonia for the fourth time, Metallica gave a sold-out show to 60,000 at Raadi Airfield in Tartu on Thursday night.
17.07.19 ... Filming that began on Laagna Road in Tallinn's Lasnamäe District last Wednesday has continued this week. British director Christopher Nolan's film crew is back on Laagna Road as of Wednesday, where filming is scheduled to wrap up over the weekend.
17.07.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid was among those to see the Admiral Bellingshausen off from Estonian waters at the Port of Roomassaare in Saaremaa on Wednesday, as the yacht, ultimately bound for Antarctica, begins to make its way south.
16.07.19 ... A free movie music concert was held at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds on Monday evening, organized in connection with the filming of Christopher Nolan's "Tenet." The concert was part of Lasnamäe Movie Summer, a program offering a series of free events throughout the period when filming is taking place in Tallinn's Lasnamäe District.
15.07.19 ... An Estonian-led expedition to Antarctica broke anchor at Tallinn harbor Sunday night, setting sail for the southern hemisphere in the coming days, according to a report on ETV's "Aktuaalne kaamera".
14.07.19 ... A dominant Ott Tänak won Rally Estonia in front of a home crowd on Sunday.
13.07.19 ... Saturday sees a major air show taking place at the Ämari Air Base, west of Tallinn. The event marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Estonian Air Force (Eesti Õhuvägi) and brings over 30 aircraft from various countries for the public to take a look at both in the air, and closer up on the ground.
13.07.19 ... Rally Estonia takes place over the weekend, in South Estonia. Local hero Ott Tänak put in the fastest test time on Friday morning, though Welsh driver Elfyn Evans in the Ford Fiesta was top qualifier in the afternoon.
12.07.19 ... An ERR reader snapped pictures of filming work in progress at Tallinn's Laagna Road on Thursday evening.
10.07.19 ... Newly-installed Latvian President Egils Levits is in Estonia on Wednesday, meeting President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and Riigikogu speaker Henn Põlluaas (EKRE).
08.07.19 ... The two-day XXVII Song Festival "My Fatherland is My Love" ("Minu Arm" in Estonian), which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first Estonian Song Festival in 1869, saw some 100,000 performers and spectators alike at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds on Saturday and Sunday. By midday Monday, the grounds were nonetheless nearly spotless already.
07.07.19 ... The Song Festival flame reached Tallinn Song Festival Grounds together with the parade of 47,000 performers of the XXVII Song and XX Dance Festival "My Fatherland is My Love" ("Minu Arm" in Estonian) on Saturday afternoon. The flame in the tower was lit to Friedrich Kuhlbars' "Koit," marking the opening of the jubilee Song Festival.
06.07.19 ... A total of over 47,000 performers are participating in the Song and Dance Festival parade, with which the Song Festival flame will be delivered to the Song Festival Grounds for the opening of the XXVII Song Festival "My Fatherland is My Love" ("Minu Arm" in Estonian). ETV and ERR.ee are broadcasting the hours-long parade live.
06.07.19 ... A member of the Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech) folk dance troupe Kuljus proposed to his partner in the middle of the third and final performance of the XX Dance Festival "My Fatherland is My Love" ("Minu Arm" in Estonian) on at Tallinn's Kalev Stadium on Friday evening. She said yes.
06.07.19 ... The sold-out third and final performance of the XX Dance Festival "My Fatherland is My Love" ("Minu Arm" in Estonian) was held on Friday evening, bringing 10,500 dancers and gymnasts to Tallinn's Kalev Stadium in the culmination of years of work and rehearsals. ERR broadcast the performance live on several TV channels and radio stations as well as online.
06.07.19 ... For the first time in the event's 150-year history, Song and Dance Festival coin brooches (kodarrahad in Estonian) were awarded in honor of longstanding commitment to the Estonian Song and Dance Festival.
05.07.19 ... Part of the program of the more widely known Song and Dance Festival is the Folk Music Festival, which this year brought together 800 musicians to perform for audiences at Tallinn's Freedom Square. The Song Festival flame likewise arrived at Freedom Square for the occasion, heralded by the bells of St. John's Church.
05.07.19 ... Over ten thousand dancers and thousands more spectators will fill the field and stands at the sold-out third and final performance of the XX Dance Festival "My Fatherland is My Love" ("Minu Arm" in Estonian). ETV will be broadcasting the performance live beginning at 5:45 p.m. EEST (10:45 a.m. EDT), and viewers worldwide can watch the broadcast at ERR.ee.
05.07.19 ... Following years of preparations, learning and rehearsals, including several days of mass rehearsals in Tallinn, the jubilee XX Dance Festival opened with its first of three sold-out performances at Kalev Stadium on Thursday evening.
04.07.19 ... The final two rehearsals for the XX Dance Festival to begin on Thursday evening was held at Kalev Stadium in Tallinn earlier that day. While the morning rehearsal saw some dancers in combinations of folk costume vests, linen shirts and shorts, or wool skirts and headdresses with dance troupe t-shirts, the final rehearsal in the afternoon was a full dress rehearsal, complete with stands full of crowds.
03.07.19 ... Allied troops, including those belonging to NATO Battlegroup Estonia, are already in Tallinn this week, helping set up for the double-jubilee Song and Dance Festival to begin on Thursday.
23.06.19 ... Sunday, June 23 is victory day (Võidupüha) in Estonia, marking the anniversary of the 1919 Battle of Võnnu (near Cēsis, Latvia) over German forces, part of the Estonian War of Independence.
21.06.19 ... A taxi driver was shot dead in Tallinn in the small hours of Friday morning. A major Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) operation is underway to search for the killer, who is reportedly still at large.
16.06.19 ... On Saturday evening, President Kersti Kaljulaid hosted a gala dinner at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa in honor of the visiting Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. On Sunday morning, the queen's visit concluded with a service at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tallinn, which, like the Danish flag celebrating its 800th anniversary on Saturday, dates back to the 13th century.
15.06.19 ... Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who arrived in Tallinn for an official visit on Saturday morning, visited Freedom Square on Saturday afternoon, where she laid a wreath at the foot of the War of Independence Victory Column and stopped by the public Family Day being held in the square in celebration of the Danish and Estonian flags.
15.06.19 ... Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrived in Estonia for a two-day official visit on Saturday, where she was received by President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Seaplane Harbour.
14.06.19 ... On his first foreign visit since being appointed on June 6, Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne visited Estonia on Friday, where he met with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and President Kersti Kaljulaid.
14.06.19 ... British Ambassador to Estonia Theresa Bubbear hosted the annual Queen's Birthday Party reception Thursday evening.
14.06.19 ... As part of his visit to Lithuania, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) laid a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Soviet occupation in Vilnius on Friday. He also paid a visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights.
13.06.19 ... Estonian singer Ivo Linna celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday.
13.06.19 ... British musician Sting was in concert at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn on Wednesday, part of his latest "My Songs" tour.
11.06.19 ... British director Christopher Nolan arrived in Tallinn on Tuesday afternoon, on a Boeing 777-200LR VIP Crystal Skye direct from Los Angeles. Nolan will be filming parts of his upcoming movie "Tenet" in Estonia's capital city.
10.06.19 ... The Free Party elected Heiki Lill chairman at its general assembly in Rapla on Sunday. The nonparliamentary party likewise elected a new board and amended its party statutes.
09.06.19 ... Whether moving across town or across the country, moving day is dreaded by many. Moving 200 shelter cats and a handful of dogs across Narva in 30-degree heat? Surely a feat like that would take an army. On Thursday, the many volunteers of the nonprofit Narva Kassituba MTÜ (Narva Cat Room) got an extra hand from just that — six members of the British Army currently serving in NATO Battlegroup Estonia.
09.06.19 ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) was one of two parties holding a congress Sunday, electing its chair, vice-chair, board, council and other internal organs. Mart Helme was reelected leader at the congress, held in Jõhvi in Ida-Viru county, attended by about 500 delegates, plus invited guests, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.
09.06.19 ... Indrek Saar has been elected new leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDE), in the second round of voting. Riina Sikkut, tipped by many as favorite as new leader, was eliminated in the first round of voting Sunday, in a three-candidate race.
07.06.19 ... Show hosts and team members from ETV, ETV2 and ETV+ got together at the Television Building's Studio 1 to take their first tentative steps into the art world, the results of which will be auctioned for the benefit of a charity helping children.
04.06.19 ... A total of 720 drawings depicting the Song Festival of the Future were submitted to the "Laulupidu 2069" drawing contest organized by ERR children's portal Lastejaam, from which a jury selected the best three in a total of four age groups. As of Monday, the best entries are now also on display at Solaris Shopping Centre in Central Tallinn.
04.06.19 ... Tuesday's national flag day marks the 135th anniversary of the consecration of the original blue, black and white Estonian flag. The tricolor later became the national flag.
17.05.19 ... The Belgian unit who had been serving in NATO Battlegroup Estonia formally handed its powers over to the French Army unit to replace them in a ceremony at Tapa Army Base on Thursday.
16.05.19 ... Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili arrived in Estonia for a two-day official visit on Thursday, where she was received by President Kersti Kaljulaid at Kadriorg. Georgia has a special place in every Estonian's heart, Kaljulaid said, adding that she was no exception.
16.05.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid nominated Kert Kingo (EKRE) new foreign trade and IT minister Thursday morning, ERR's online news in Estonian reports, with Kingo taking up the post with the Riigikogu sitting which started at 10:00 a.m..
14.05.19 ... Leaders from several national conservative/far-right parties were in Tallinn on Tuesday, including Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally. At a meeting held at the House of the Blackheads in Tallinn's Old Town, Olli Kotro (Finns Party), Anders Vistisen (Danish People's Party) and Manuel Vescovi (Lega Nord) joined Le Pen and Jaak Madison of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) to discuss the formation of a joint right-wing group the European Parliament.
14.05.19 ... Drawings submitted to the "Laulupidu 2069" drawing contest organized by ERR children's portal Lastejaam include all kinds of creative takes on Tallinn's iconic Song Festival Arch, among other details. A three-member jury preselected entries to advance in the contest on Tuesday.
12.05.19 ... Next weekend will mark two months already since Estonian Public Broadcasting's Narva studio relocated from its longtime location on the arterial Puškini Street to a new space on the smaller Linda Street, in what can be described at Narva's own up-and-coming Telliskivi Creative City (Tallinn) or Widget Factory (Tartu). Earlier this week, ERR's Russian-language radio news editor Jüri Nikolajev took some time to show his English-language colleagues around.
07.05.19 ... A proposed air defense system covering all three Baltic States is both likely and appealing, said head of Poland's defense forces, Lieut. Gen. Rajmund T. Andrzejczak said Monday.
03.05.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday appointed current Deputy Governor Madis Müller the next governor of the Bank of Estonia. The day also marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Estonia's central bank, an occasion being celebrated with several special releases and exhibitions.
03.05.19 ... Earlier this week, "My Song Festival Story," a new exhibition that provides visitors with an overview of Estonia's 150-year-long song festival tradition, was opened at the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (TMM) in the heart of Tallinn's medieval Old Town.