What the papers say

What the papers say: Freshwater mussels and Estonians in the Gambia

27.01.20 ... Reaction to the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Estonians breathing a breath of fresh air to schools in the Gambia, and the plight of a particular species of freshwater mussel were among the stories covered in Estonia's online and paper media on Monday, January 26. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: Lessons from history and wildlife on the roads again

23.01.20 ... Estonia's no-show at the recent events marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a new map which highlights road stretches which have a high risk of wildlife strike, and the most influential people in Tartu and Viljandi were in the daily and weekly newspapers and portals on Thursday, January 23. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: Breaking up and getting together again

22.01.20 ... Fallout from the breakup of Tartu city government's ruling coalition earlier in the week, somewhat of the reverse process potentially happening between the Center Party and EKRE at the national level, and an update on how Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja have been getting on at Hyundai ahead of the new WRC season starting Thursday, vied for attention in Estonia's dailies, weeklies and portals on Wednesday, January 22. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: Christmas detritus and how to implement law changes

20.01.20 ... Contrasts between the way changes to the law affecting parental benefits have been handled compared with what has gone on with the coalition's pensions reforms, post-Christmas hangovers leading to a surfeit of old trees dumped in public places, and info about how to apply for solar panel installation support were among the topics in Estonia's papers and news portals on Monday, January 20. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: Cops crash chasing drunk driver, teachers trade places

17.01.20 ... On Friday, January 17, in addition to several other major topics, the papers and online news portals in Estonia also wrote about a police van crashing in chase of an underage drunk driver, wolf sightings in Southern Estonia, supermarket employees turning in found cash and a teacher trade in Lääne-Viru County.

What the papers say: Regional progressive income tax, lynx spotting in Türi

16.01.20 ... On Thursday, January 16, in addition to several other major topics, the papers and online news portals in Estonia also wrote about the benefits a regional progressive income tax system could provide, companies being added to the Consumer Protection Authority's blacklist, a house fire being investigated as arson, and a Eurasian lynx seen twice around town in Türi.

What the papers say: Drunk drivers, state borders

13.01.20 ... On Monday, January 13, in addition to several other major topics, the papers and online news portals in Estonia also wrote about how to combat drunk driving, a new category of free public transport ticket being offered in Tallinn, and the constitutionality of the Estonian-Russian border treaty.

What the papers say: Ratas and women, the archbishop and SEB

09.01.20 ... On January 9, Eesti Päevaleht questioned whether the prime minister has a problem with women and most newspapers reported Archbishop Urmas Viilma's frustration with SEB bank.

Two largest Estonian dailies' print circulation falls over 2019

08.01.20 ... Two of Estonia's major national daily newspapers, Postimees and Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) saw a fall in print run circulation in 2019, ERR reports. Only Õhtuleht bucked the trend and enjoyed circulation growth, while Postimees Grupp and Ekspress Meedia, owners of Postimees and EPL respectively and the two major private media companies in the country highlighted their growth in digital subscriptions.

What the papers say: Sheep pox, 2020 preview, where to take Christmas trees

06.01.20 ... Preparations are being made for sheep and goat pox, emergency service waiting times, Eesti gaas in Finland, and what to do with your old Christmas tree are some of the stories in the Estonian media on January 6.

What the papers say: Will US missile strike greenlight fuel price hikes?

03.01.20 ... The aftermath of the American missile strike in Iraq, which took out a high ranking Iranian general, differences of opinion between liberals and conservatives which can nonetheless still reach the same end point, and just who has right of way at a traffic lights filter lane were among the topics in Estonia's news portals and daily newspapers on Friday, January 3. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: Estonia had a quiet New Year, but making waves abroad

02.01.20 ... The morning after the New Year's Eve the night before, more international recognition for Estonia abroad, and the country's continued fast internet were among the topics looked at by the dailies, weeklies and other publications, on Thursday, January 2 2020. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: Truth, Tenet and Justice, Christmas trees and cars

27.12.19 ... On Friday, December 27, in addition to several other major topics, the papers and online news portals in Estonia also wrote about five events that shaped 2019 in Estonia and abroad, Estonia's prettiest Christmas tree, electric vehicles, and strange stickers found on some cars.

What the papers say: Secrets of PISA results, Ratas, ID card prices

17.12.19 ... On Tuesday, December 17 the papers were dominated by reaction to the Minster of the Interior Mart Helme's comments towards Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Wednesday's coming storm, and pharmacy reform. Here is a selection of other stories that were also reported.

What the papers say: How to earn on maternity leave, and other projects

14.12.19 ... Ways those taking maternity leave in Estonia can still earn while off the regular job, a food drive in Viljandi (and across the country) and Tallinn getting in on the act regarding Tartu's 2024 culture capital status were in the news in Estonia's daily newspapers going into the weekend. Links in Estonian unless otherwise stated.

What the papers say: Future of Europe with Russia or without?

12.12.19 ... Britain going to the polls on Thursday, the future of Russia in Europe, and life after Ott Tänak at Toyota's WRC team were among the topics covered in Estonia's daily and weekly newspapers, news portals and other media, on Thursday, December 12. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: What do we do with the children and the politicians?

10.12.19 ... The future of the Estonian populace, arbitrary and unnecessary clashes between ministries and the civil service, and continued shortages of medicines were among the topics gracing Estonia's daily and weekly newspapers and news portals on Tuesday, Dec. 10. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: Christmas trees and school principals

09.12.19 ... Fallout from last week's firing of an Ida-Viru County school principal, the views of the Taltech whistleblower who first brought to light potential EU funding misuse at its Ragnar Nurkse Institute of Governance (RNI), and a variety of different Christmas trees have been in Estonia's daily newspapers and news portals on Monday, Dec. 9. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: PISA tests, NATO and Listeria

04.12.19 ... Three of the dominant topics of this week are, unsurprisingly, getting plenty of coverage in Estonia's daily and weekly newspapers, as well as online portals, with Estonia's recent success in the educational PISA score ratings, the NATO summit attended by Jüri Ratas in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a type of "listeria hysteria" gripping the country following repeated contaminations detected at a fish-packing company's premises. Other news includes planned farmers' demonstrations, and a new munitions factory due to be built in Pärnu County. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: Parmas, Disco Elysium and Viljandi Folk tickets

02.12.19 ... On Monday, Dec. 2, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about Andres Parmas' potential as a good new prosecutor general, the early success of the Estonian-developed videogame "Disco Elysium," record Viljandi Folk ticket sales, a sixth grade class' holiday animal shelter donation, and an Estonian photographer's snap making CNN's top sports photos of the year.

What the papers say: EKRE's new candidate, climate strikes, and chickens

29.11.19 ... Papers on Friday, Nov. 29 were dominated by news about the Black Friday sales and listeria, but here are a selection of other stories that were also reported.

What the papers say: Ice, temporary workers, speaking Estonian in Narva

27.11.19 ... Here are a selection of stories from Estonia's biggest newspapers on Nov. 27.

What the papers say: No secrets, black ice, new film production center

26.11.19 ... On Tuesday, Nov. 26 the papers were dominated by the fallout of former Secretary General Illar Lemetti being released from his post by Prime Minister jüri Ratas, but ERR News also brings you a round-up of other interesting stories of the day.

Newspapers criticize prime minister's decision to release Lemetti

26.11.19 ... On Tuesday, all the major newspapers criticized the government's decision to release Secretary General Illar Lemetti from his position at the Ministry of Rural Affairs on the request of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) after he reported former Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik (EKRE for possible corruption.

What the papers say: Järvik, Pirita River pool, Estonian cider in Japan

25.11.19 ... On Monday, Nov. 25 the papers were dominated by the Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik, but several other stories managed to sneak in alongside.

What the papers say: World security realities have changed

21.11.19 ... More on NATO in the light of interior minister Mart Helme's recent comments, the first supermarket home delivery service, and continued conflict between road building and repair work and cable-laying have been in focus in Estonia's dailies, weeklies and news portals on Thursday, Nov. 21. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: NATO, education and the PÖFF film festival

20.11.19 ... Continued fall-out from interior minister Mart Helme's comments on NATO needing a "plan-B", bilingual education, and what the Tallinn Black Nights film festival can do for Estonia were among the topics in focus in Estonia's daily, weekly and news portals on Wednesday, Nov. 20. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the papers say: How Estonia votes at the UN, skeletons and Sputnik

19.11.19 ... How Estonia shapes up in voting at the UN compared with other countries, including those on the organization's security council, which it joins as a non-permanent member in January, supposed problems facing Russian state-backed media company Sputnik's employees in Estonia, and more archaeological finds – this time two several-century-old skeletons in Tartu, were in the papers on Tuesday, Nov. 19. All links in Estonia unless noted otherwise.

What the papers say: Reform's stalling tactics and workers' rights

18.11.19 ... The Reform Party looking ahead to the 2021 local elections, the future for Narva, workers' rights in Estonia, and free car wreck removal were among the topics vying for attention in Estonia's dailies, weeklies and news portals on Monday, Nov. 18. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: Free sauna day in Narva, dog parks, Viljandi Folk

15.11.19 ... On Friday, Nov. 15, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about a Finnish-hosted public sauna day in Narva, new dog parks planned for the city of Pärnu, and the theme for next year's popular Viljandi Folk.

What the papers say: Minority government Christmas wish, Tallinn bus 66

13.11.19 ... On Wednesday, Nov. 13, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about a Christmas wish for an EKRE-free minority government, the restoration of fish migration in the Pärnu River, a new bus route in Tallinn, the chicken coop to premiere at this year's Christmas village in Tartu, and a roadside cafe to make the 2020 White Guide.

What the papers say: Accessible Tartu, baby boom in Paide

11.11.19 ... On Monday, Nov. 11, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about Tartu being shortlisted for an accessibility award, Telia clients now being able to use their phones as transport cards, a shoplifting incident in Rakvere, and a relative baby boom in Paide forcing the mayor's traditional reception to relocate.

What the papers say: Järvik should have retired, Pärnu's actual population

08.11.19 ... On Friday, Nov. 8, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about the 2019 farmer of the year's opinion of the minister of rural affairs, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) throwing proverbial stones, Pärnu's actual population size, and a hot dog restaurant's new owner.

What the papers say: Alcohol restrictions, exchange students, reed crowns

07.11.19 ... On Thursday, Nov. 7, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about Tallinn city government's new plan to further restrict alcohol sales, a Japanese exchange student living on a farm in the Estonian countryside, a young Tartu dancer taking top prize in a Finnish dance contest, and a St. Martin's Day Fair plan to set a new world record.

What the papers say: Eesti Laul back in Tartu, Tõrva deputy mayor resigns

06.11.19 ... On Wednesday, Nov. 6, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about the return of Eesti Laul's semifinals to Tartu, a census of St. Martin's and St. Catherine's Day runners, Tõrva's deputy municipal mayor resigning, a new parkour park in Võru, and a quiz in honor of Võru Language Week.

What the papers say: Flooding in Võru, bikers' Christmas candy drive

05.11.19 ... On Tuesday, Nov. 5, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about how political parties' recently highlighted financial troubles look, flooding hitting the already storm-ravaged Võru, the reopening of a renovated kindergarten in Pärnu County, and a Christmas candy drive being organized by bikers again this year.

What the papers say: Third IT minister's the charm, Sildaru in school

04.11.19 ... On Monday, Nov. 4, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about Kaimar Karu's good fit as IT minister, Kelly Sildaru's plan to focus more on school this year, opposing opinions regarding "gay propaganda," and children's submissions to a regional paper's drawing contest.

What the Papers Say: What happened with M.V.Wool and who is Kaimar Karu?

02.11.19 ... The appointment of a new Minister for Foreign Trade and IT to replace Kert Kingo, ongoing data from the M.V.Wool listeria case, and Postimees Grupp getting a new CEO were in the papers on Friday, Nov. 1. All links in Estonian.

What the Papers Say: Top paying Estonian firms and Mary Kross reaction

31.10.19 ... Fallout from the Mary Kross case, terminated at the request of the prosecutor, top-paying companies in Estonia, and the role of local authorities in supporting LGBT+ rights were among the topics in the papers on Thursday, Oct. 31. All links in Estonian.

What the Papers Say: Tänak and Helme's travels and Estonian societal change

30.10.19 ... Estonian society, the way it views itself, how it has changed in recent years and the role of men were among the topics looked at by news portals and newspapers on Wednesday, Oct. 30, as were the comings and goings of finance minister Martin Helme, where next for Ott Tänak and, as ever, the continued scourge of phone scammers. All links in Estonian unless otherwise noted.

What the Papers Say: Tallinn Transport trip to China and RT attacks

29.10.19 ... A largely expenses-paid trip to China for the Tallinn City Transport board to China, an RT attack (in German) on anti-misinformation blog Propastop, wide-ranging food prices and some home truths in the aftermath of the great storm of Sunday, Oct. 26 were the subject of Estonia's dailies, weeklies and news portals on Tuesday, Oct. 29. All links in Estonian unless otherwise stated.

What the papers say: Estonian twin undertakers in US, Veriora skate park

25.10.19 ... On Friday, Oct. 25, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about twin Estonian sisters who both work as undertakers in a small California town, a new skate park in Veriora, designs submitted for a new school in Rakvere, and progress being made on a planned expansion and renovation of Pärnu Airport.

What the papers say: Tartu's free bus route, Soodoma renamed

24.10.19 ... On Thursday, Oct. 24, in addition to several other major topics, the papers in Estonia also wrote about the undecided fate of Tartu's bus number 25, the village of Soodoma's historical name being restored, and Viljandi's soccer team inviting fans to Saturday's match for free in thanks for their support throughout the season.

Daily editorials point finger at Kingo following resignation

24.10.19 ... Editorials in Estonia's daily newspapers have been unanimous in viewing Kert Kingo's resignation as IT and foreign trade minister Wednesday evening as the only viable step she could have taken, adding that she had both acted dishonestly and been incompetent on the job.

What the papers say: Lie to topple Kingo, robber needed babysitter money

23.10.19 ... On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the papers in Estonia wrote about the lie that will lead to Kingo's removal as minister, the motive behind an armed robbery of a Haanja grocery store in September, strawberry plants blooming again in October, patients being relased following a possible chlorine overdose at a Pärnu spa, and a large-scale fire drill at Tartu's biggest shopping mall.

What the papers say: LGBT+ minority bullying, changes for climate change

22.10.19 ... On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the papers in Estonia wrote about a coalition party's treatment of the LGBT+ minority, how big and small changes alike are necessary in the fight against climate change, the canceling of a benefit concert in connection with Tallinn Zoo, and the country's latest unexpected archaeological find.

What the papers say: Brexit, museum to exhibit Tartu bar top, free books

21.10.19 ... On Monday, Oct. 21, the papers in Estonia wrote about Brexit, the fate of the bar top at legendary Tartu dive bar Zavood, a new charge for weddings held at the city government building in Pärnu, a driver in Lääne-Viru County who knowingly gave police the wrong ID, and a free book fair in a small Järva County village.

What the papers say: Pensions, stranded farmers, no pet cemetery for Tartu

15.10.19 ... On Oct. 15, the papers were full of comments about the possible second pillar pension reform after the Bank of Estonia poured cold water over the plans, stranded Estonian farmers in Japan, and a possible pet cemetery for Tartu. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: State-run companies and Anett Kontaveit

11.10.19 ... China, the new European Commissioners living arrangements in Brussels, the idiosyncrasies of Eesti Post, and the de facto end of a tennis star's season were in the papers on Friday, Oct. 11.

What the papers say: Bees, Baltic Germans and Boris Johnson's ancestor

10.10.19 ... Bees as a therapeutic diversion for city dwellers, the legacy of Estoina's Baltic German aristocracy, yet another scam and the sad but colorful tale of one of the U.K. prime minister's alleged ancestors and their Estonian connection were in the press for Thursday, Oct. 10. All links in Estonian unless otherwise stated.

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