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Samost and Sildam criticized unwillingness to address price of electricity

19.09.21 NEWS ... Journalists Anvar Samost and Toomas Sildam talked about the recent electricity price hike and criticized relevant comments by politicians and head of Elering Taavi Veskimägi that they found arrogant on the "Samost ja Sildam" talk show.

Finnish sailboat stranded in Tallinn anchorage

19.09.21 NEWS ... A Finnish sailboat found itself in trouble in the Tallinn anchorage and had to be towed to a quiet spot by a Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) vessel. The Finnish craft cannot be towed to port due to difficult weather conditions and the PPA vessel will remain near the pleasure craft until the weather quiets down.

'Olukorrast riigis' discussed involving anti-vaxxers in elections

19.09.21 NEWS ... Journalists Indrek Lepik and Hindrek Riikoja talked about the potential effects of the Conservative People's Party's (EKRE) move to allow anti-vaccination activists to run in their ranks at the upcoming local government council elections on the Raadio 2 "Olukorrast riigis" talk show.

Urmas Viilma: Sanctity of MS Estonia grave site needs to be unconditional

19.09.21 OPINION ... The private expedition headed by Margus Kurm is planning work and activities in and around the wreck of MS Estonia that could violate the sanctity of the grave site, Archbishop Urmas Viilma writes.

Report: Estonia only EU country without car tax

19.09.21 NEWS ... Estonia is the only EU member state that has not adopted a car tax to influence people's transport preferences. Taxation of transport falls short of the EU average by 11 percent, a report by the Riigikogu Foresight Center reveals.

Märt Väljataga: How to cool the mark?

19.09.21 OPINION ... The question of who is cheating whom is not always as straightforward as it is in the case of the coronavirus, Märt Väljataga writes in a comment originally published in Sirp magazine.

People getting lost in the woods due to solid mushroom and berry harvest

19.09.21 NEWS ... Estonian woods being ripe with wild berries and mushrooms has contributed to people getting lost this year. Authorities have already had to help 137 foragers who have lost their way. The police urge people to consider whether they have done everything they can to avoid getting lost and make themselves easy to find before taking to the woods.

139 people hospitalized with Covid, one death

19.09.21 NEWS ... As of the morning of Sunday, September 19, 139 people are in need of hospital treatment for symptomatic COVID-19. Hospitals have a total of 161 patients with the coronavirus of whom 113 or 70.2 percent are unvaccinated and 48 (29.8 percent) have completed their vaccination cycle.

Plan to require new roads include broadband infrastructure mulled

19.09.21 NEWS ... The government is working on a plan to require road builders to include communications infrastructure in the planning phase of new state roads to aid future high-speed broadband solutions.

'Rahva teenrid': Green turn implemented too quickly and without heed

19.09.21 NEWS ... Journalists Mirko Ojakivi, Krister Paris and Urmas Jaagant discussed the link between the green turn and the recent hike in the price of electricity on the Vikerraadio "Rahva teenrid" talk show, finding that several coinciding factors are at play. They find that the green turn is being implemented too quickly.

Council of Churches opposed to new data collection rules

19.09.21 NEWS ... The Estonian Council of Churches (EKN) finds draft legislation to amend the Business Register Act unconstitutional and in breach of religious freedom as it would make it possible to compose public registers of members of congregations.

Over 38,000 people taking part in World Cleanup Day in Estonia

18.09.21 NEWS ... More than 38,000 people in Estonia are taking part in events for the global World Cleanup Day, organizers said.

Gallery: Kaljulaid opens photo exhibition summing up presidential term

18.09.21 NEWS ... President Kersti Kaljulaid opened a photography exhibition at Kadriorg on Friday showcasing images from her five-year term in office.

Reform Party board expels Narva mayor from party

18.09.21 NEWS ... The board of the Estonian Reform Party, which met on Friday, decided to expel Ants Liimets from the party on the proposal of the party's Narva chapter.

Tallinn film industry hub could be completed in two years

18.09.21 NEWS ... The film industry complex planned for the Kopli district of Tallinn could be completed two years from now. It cost an estimated €13.6 million to build.

Tallinn celebrates Ethnic Culture Days

18.09.21 NEWS ... Tallinn will celebrate 'Ethnic Culture Days' for the seventh time this month. Events will take place from September 18-26 in the capital.

Health Board: 154 hospitalized patients, 391 new covid cases, three deaths

18.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Saturday morning, 154 people are being treated in hospital for coronavirus and 391 new cases were diagnosed during the last day. Three people died.

Travel restrictions for arrivals to Estonia from September 20

18.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Only five European countries will be on Estonia's green list from Monday, September 20.

Research group starts expedition to Estonia ferry wreck

18.09.21 NEWS ... A research group funded by the families of the victims of the Estonia ferry disaster started an expedition to the wreck site on Saturday.

Estonia sees eurozone's fastest inflation in August

18.09.21 NEWS ... Annual inflation in the euro area accelerated from 2.2 percent in July to 3 percent in August, according to Eurostat, while inflation in Estonia sped up from 4.9 percent to 5 percent, which was the fastest inflation in the euro area for the second month in a row.

High demand for newly delivered Janssen coronavirus vaccines

18.09.21 NEWS ... People rushed to book doses of the one-shot coronavirus vaccine Janssen this week after six weeks without deliveries. In total, 4,200 doses arrived this week.

Wastewater study shows even spread of coronavirus throughout Estonia

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The coronavirus has spread evenly all over Estonia the results of the University of Tartu's latest wastewater study shows.

German president: Baltic states, 'you are not alone'

17.09.21 OPINION ... Anyone who threatens the Baltic states threatens the entire North Atlantic Alliance and Germany, said President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a meeting with heads of state of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Thursday, the 100th anniversary of the countries' diplomatic relations.

Black Nights Film Festival reveal six first main program films

17.09.21 AT A GLANCE ... The Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announced the first six films in the main competition program, all of which will be world premieres. There are a total of 20 films in the main competition program, which will be released on October 21.

Release of Estonian films 'Soo' and 'Apothecary Melchior' postponed to 2022

17.09.21 NEWS ... The release date of Estonian films "Soo" and "Apothecary Melchior" will be pushed back to 2022, while comedy "Hunting Season" will reach cinemas in December.

Justice chancellor: Riigikogu should debate coronavirus restrictions

17.09.21 NEWS ... There is a clear difference between whether significant restrictions are imposed by the government or the parliament, as the multiplicity of views and understandings in the Riigikogu should ensure that the decision made is the best possible, Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise said.

EKRE MP under criminal investigation after 'pushing' deputy mayor

17.09.21 NEWS ... Criminal proceedings were started against EKRE MP Anti Poolamets on Friday after it was claimed he pushed another man in Rakvere, local newspaper Virumaa Teataja reported.

Competition Authority urges caution over electricity package choice

17.09.21 NEWS ... Consumers are being advised to be cautious when thinking about changing their electricity package by the Competition Authority after a week of record-high prices.

Tallinn apartment prices starting to outstrip purchasing power

17.09.21 NEWS ... Apartment prices in Tallinn are rising too fast for residents of the capital to keep up. However, lower interest rates on housing loans is providing a bit of breathing space.

More than a dozen developments could be completed in Tallinn by elections

17.09.21 2021 ELECTIONS ... There are more than a dozen different construction objects planned to be completed in Tallinn before the local government elections in mid-October.

Traffic Insurance Fund: Record number of accidents this summer

17.09.21 NEWS ... A record number of traffic accidents occurred this summer - from June to August, there were 8,000 traffic insurance cases in Estonia with a total loss of €15 million, data from the Estonian Traffic Insurance Fund (LKF) shows.

Ministry plans to remove cold temperature limit for outdoor PE classes

17.09.21 NEWS ... The Ministry of Social Affairs is planning on removing the cold temperature limit for physical education (PE) classes held outdoors. Instead, a directive on organizing classes outdoors in the cold will be drawn up.

Health Board spot-checking Tallinn eateries for coronavirus certificates

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tallinn eateries are being spot-checked to ensure compliance with coronavirus certificate rules. The PPA and Health Board are carrying out the patrols.

Tartu-Helsinki flights may restart in spring 2022

17.09.21 NEWS ... Flights between Finland and Estonia's second largest city Tartu are expected to restart in spring 2022, although no firm agreement is in place yet.

Minister: We cannot be happy until all care home workers are vaccinated

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Minister of Social Protection Signe Riisalo (Reform) said that although getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is voluntary, people refusing vaccines should not work in care homes. She noted that the situation is not solved before all care home workers are inoculated.

President-elect announces top advisors

17.09.21 2021 ELECTIONS ... President-elect Alar Karis will appoint Peep Jahilo as director of his office. In addition, the next president of Estonia has chosen his security, foreign affairs and education advisers, but did not reveal any other advisers' names.

Care homes can dismiss unvaccinated workers, but replacements hard to find

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Data from the Health Board shows that there are currently COVID-19 outbreaks in 15 Estonian care homes and infections there mostly stem from unvaccinated workers. The social ministry says care homes can dismiss unvaccinated workers, but care homes say it is very hard to find replacements at the current wage level.

Health Board: 174 hospitalized patients, 532 new covid cases, three deaths

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 174 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 532 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 123 (70.7 percent) are unvaccinated and 51 (29.3 percent) are vaccinated.

Statistics: Number of e-commerce users up as enterprises begin using AI

17.09.21 ECONOMY ... The popularity of e-commerce has grown in Estonia with 62 percent of the population aged 16-74 making online purchases in the previous year. Among enterprises, the use of enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management software continues to increase as companies are trying out AI technologies, state agency Statistics Estonia reports.

Court state fees to rise by up to 100 percent

17.09.21 NEWS ... A justice ministry bill aims to hike state fees of turning to court by 40 to 100 percent, with curtailing the number of malicious applications and lowering the courts' workload given as reasons.

Parties to spend between €500,000-€1 million on local elections

17.09.21 2021 ELECTIONS ... Political parties estimate they will spend between €500,000 and €1 million on the upcoming local elections, with Reform expecting to spend the most and the Social Democrats the least.

Find your local election candidate

17.09.21 2021 ELECTIONS ... The Electoral Commission has published lists of political parties, electoral alliances and individual candidates running in the upcoming local government council elections.

Tallinn already looking for suitable Christmas tree

17.09.21 NEWS ... Tallinn's Kesklinn district government has started its search for a representative Christmas tree for the Town Hall Square in Old Town. The tree would be placed in November, after which the preparations for the traditional Christmas market will start.

Government decides to ease Hiiu County and smaller island restrictions

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government made a decision on Thursday to abandon the mask-wearing obligation and to ease hobby education restrictions in Hiiumaa and other smaller permanently inhabited islands, such as Kihnu, Ruhnu and Vormsi.

Gallery: FC Flora falls to Gent at home

17.09.21 SPORTS ... Tallinna FC Flora endured a 0:1 loss to Belgian club Gent at home in the group stage of the European Conference League.

Hiiumaa planning €25,000 grant for young family doctors

16.09.21 NEWS ... Hiiumaa council will discuss giving family doctors a one-time grant of €25,000 to move to the island and practice medicine.

Share of alcohol, tobacco tax in Estonia's state budget among largest in EU

16.09.21 NEWS ... The proportion of income from alcohol and tobacco excise duty in Estonia's state budget is among the largest in the European Union at almost 4.8 percent of the budget, a survey by the Foresight Center shows.

Tallinn to start pet registration list

16.09.21 NEWS ... Pets will soon need to be added to a register in Tallinn after the city government passed new rules.

Elering CEO: It's too early to talk about electricity policy failing

16.09.21 NEWS ... The high electricity prices that broke records this week are not the fault of renewable energy or its producers, but the lack of renewable energy capacity and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the economy, Elering's CEO Taavi Veskimägi said on Wednesday. He said it is too early to say that European energy policy would have failed.

Tartu's participative budget ideas exhibited on Kaarsild Bridge

16.09.21 NEWS ... Twenty-five ideas suggested for Tartu's 2021 participative budget will be on display in an exhibition at Kaarsild Bridge.

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