Friday 23 February 2024

Estonia - Inspiring and Beautiful Nature

Estonian Independence Day Quiz

Tomorrow is Estonian Independence Day and to mark the occasion I have created this quiz. I have always enjoyed quiz games and learning new facts - I hope you like it!

Wednesday 21 February 2024

February 24 marks the106th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia

On Saturday, Estonians around the world will celebrate the 106th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. In Estonia celebrations will be held across the country with a wide variety of events. In Tallinn Independence Day celebrations will begin with the official flag raising ceremony at Toompea in the Governor's Garden at 7:34am. A reading of the Estonian Declaration of Independence will also take place. At noon the military parade will start on Tallinn's Freedom Square. The military parade will be presided over by President Karis and commanded by General Martin Herem, Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces.

If you are going to be in Tallinn for Independence day and looking for some interesting things to do, here are some events to consider.

Vabamu Museum will open at 8am. In addition to their permanent exhibition "Freedom Without Borders," visitors can explore the temporary exhibition "Out from Behind the Stove! 150 Years of Estonian Women's Movement History."  

Bank of Estonia Museum has a special Independence Day program. 

Family Day starts at 11am at the Estonian History Museum in Maarjamäe Castle.

Independence Day concert at the House of the Blackheads will start ar 1pm. Tallinn Chamber Choir perform.

Women's choir "Kaja" and Estonian Men's Choir perform at Kaja Cultural Centre at 3pm. 

There will be an Independence Day rave at Kinomaja that will start at 11pm.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Beautiful sunrise in Tallinn

The residents of Tallinn woke up to a beautiful pastel coloured sky yesterday. These photographs were taken just before sunrise at 7:48am. Tallinn is definitely one of the most photogenic places in the world!

Saturday 17 February 2024

A new Estonian grammar book "Eesti grammatika" has been published

Estonian linguists have published a new improved Estonian language grammer book. The book contains more than a thousand pages and is for people who already have some knowledge about the grammatical structure of the Estonian language. The book brings together the different levels of the language in five main chapters. Pronunciation, word change, word formation as well as written and spoken language sentence teaching are covered.  It also has a separate phonetics and phonology section (not present in other grammer books), which deals with the smallest units that distinguish meaning in the structure of the language.

ERR News recently interviewed the linguists who created the book. You can watch it here.

Friday 16 February 2024

Young Estonian writing competition: A letter to the deportee

The Institute of Estonian Memory and Postimees newspaper invite young people aged 15-21 to participate in the writing competition "A Letter to the Deportee" dedicated to the March Deportation Memorial Day. Works will be accepted until March 11. The prize for the best is a history trip in the Baltics.

The letter should be formatted as a personal appeal and no longer than 6000 characters (including spaces). It must be written in Estonian. The deadline for submission of works is 11.03.2024. Letters are  to be sent to the e-mail address;

Further information can be found here