What the papers say

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.

What the papers say: Tallinn transport and Estonia's liberals

09.10.19 ... Calling time on free public transport in Tallinn, the possible arrival of car versions of the popular electric scooter rental services in Tallinn, and the ongoing discussions on "western" liberal values versus "eastern European" nationalist ones were among the topics in the news portals on Wednesday, Oct. 9. All links in Estonian.

Daily: Head of Taltech department says EU funds misuse a coping mechanism

09.10.19 ... While an in-house Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech) inquiry into alleged misuse of European Union funds at its Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RNI) cleared itself of any major wrongdoing on Tuesday, an article in daily Postimees has put things in a different light.

What the papers say: China, kringling and rising postal prices

08.10.19 ... Reported attacks on a cultural center which screened a film related to LGBT+ issues, the rise of China, the state postal service simultaneously cutting home newspaper deliveries while raising prices, and whether it was ok to eat kringles or not were among the topics in the Estonian media on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

What the papers say: Saaremaa rally pride and possible urban flight

07.10.19 ... The perennially serious topic of domestic violence, the economic and environmental push towards rural living, and the success of Estonia's top rally driver in the WRC championship were among the offerings in Estonia's newspapers and news portals Monday, Oct. 7 2019. All links in Estonian.

What the papers say: Kihnu in New York Times, gene bank-based studies

04.10.19 ... In addition to several other major current events, on Friday, Oct. 4, the papers in Estonia also covered topics such as the island of Kihnu being featured in The New York Times, a 12th grader taking over as school director for the day, and clinical studies already underway utilizing Estonia's growing gene bank.

What the papers say: Drinking responsibly, Gordon Ramsay's sauna for sale

02.10.19 ... On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the papers in Estonia covered the role of personal responsibility in alcohol consumption, an Estonian company selling a sauna meant for chef Gordon Ramsay, and the disappearance of toxic cyanobacteria in Pärnu Bay.

What the papers say: Funeral held for village store, Black Cat Month begins

01.10.19 ... On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the papers in Estonia covered the unexpectedly cool interest in the first Day of Countryside Living, the announcement of an anchor tenant for Tartu's newest commercial high-rise, parts of Lihula being left in the dark due to EU funding rules, a funeral held for the last store in a village to be closed down, and a nationwide black cat adoption drive.

What the papers say: Setos in UNESCO, another closure at Mall of Tallinn

30.09.19 ... On Monday, Sept. 30, the papers in Estonia covered the tenth anniversary of the Seto minority's singing tradition being recognized by UNESCO, the latest in a string of closures at the year-old T1 Mall of Tallinn, training scholarships for teachers in Tartu, and one-cent coffees as consolation to shoppers putting up with ongoing construction at several Prisma locations.

What the papers say: Climate strikes, trade unions, tallest tree dries up

27.09.19 ... On Friday, Sept. 27, the papers discussed the deadly listeria outbreak at the M.V.Wool factory near Tallinn, climate strikes, and the fate of Estonia's tallest tree.

What the papers say: Family doctors, free higher education, alien crabs

26.09.19 ... On Sept. 26 there were stories and opinion articles in the papers about what young doctors want, initial impressions of the 2020 budget, free higher education, a court ruling being overturned to allow stay at home same-sex parents to have health insurance, and an alien crab found in Pärnu.

What the papers say: Teach your neighbor Estonian, Lidl prices, pensions

25.09.19 ... On Sept. 25 the papers were still mainly discussing the budget, pension increase, and the case of the missing former head of Danske Bank in Estonia, Aivar Rehe. But here are some other stories and comments that were also in the news on Wednesday.

What the papers say: IT minister's Huawei phone, pensions, Christmas trees

24.09.19 ... On Tuesday, Sept. 24 the papers were discussing pension increases, a TV interview with IT minister Kert Kingo, and the hunt for Tallinn's next Christmas tree.

What the papers say: Pensions and transport policy clutter

19.09.19 ... Estonian papers looked at inconsistencies in successive Estonian governments' approaches to the issue of transport, particularly on road or rail, a clarification of the three-pillared pensions system at a time when the second one may lose its mandatory status, and how while Moscow may celebrate the "liberation" of Tallinn on Sunday, in that city itself, many hold a very different view.

What the papers say: Forestry and flying squirrels

18.09.19 ... A snapshot of the media landscape in Estonia on Wednesday, Sept. 18, brings more discussion of the state of education and medicine in the country, a discussion of how forestry relates to climate change issues, and just what the role of a central bank should be. One long-standing weekly is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend, and workmen on Estonia's eastern border had to stop for the day when a flying squirrel put in an appearance.

What the papers say: IT education in schools and a 'Bronze Solider' app

16.09.19 ... Deficiencies in IT education in schools, questions about Nordica being taxpayer-funded despite not flying from Tallinn, and the issue of censorship are some of the topics in Estonia's daily newspapers on Monday Sept. 16. The future of electric scooters and the ever-present Russian-language misinformation are also current topics.
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