Ilus Eesti, beautiful Estonia. My family's homeland. Estonia's countryside and people have an endearing gentleness about them which you fall in love with slowly and imperceptibly. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Estonians' courage and determination to survive despite centuries of repression, tyranny and foreign occupation. This blog showcases all the things I love about Estonia and seeks to enlighten readers about everything this unique country has to offer.
The use of surnames were introduced in Estonia nearly 200 years ago. After the abolition of serfdom in 1816 and 1819 Estonian were given surnames by parish administrators often relating to fauna, flora or the landscape.
Fred Puss from the Estonian Biographical Society in Tartu recently gave a radio interview detailing the history of surnames in Estonia.
Previously only removed from storage for public display on rare special occasions, the original blue, black and white Estonian flag, consecrated on June 4, 1884 as the flag of the Estonian Students' Society (EÜS), was ceremonially delivered to the new Estonian National Museum (ERM) building on Thursday, where it will be put on permanent display as part of an exhibit on the founding and formation of the Estonian identity and state.
With growing support for her to become the next president of Estonia, Marina Kaljurand has stepped down as Foreign Minister to focus on the presidential campaign. However, the Reform Party remains split as to whom to support. Kaljurand is a popular choice. She is a career diplomat with years of international experience whilst Kallas still has skeletons in his cupboard - whatever happened to the missing millions that disappeared in 1993 while he was in charge of the Bank of Estonia?
Like many Estonians I am a Kaljurand supporter and hope she secures the top job later this month. On Monday President Ilves appointed Jurgen Ligi as the new Foreign Minister and Maris Lauri as the new Minister of Education and Research.
A new Estonian film based on a true story and filmed entirely in the United States is due for cinema release in Estonia on 9th September 2016. The film 'American Summer' tells the story of three Estonian students who sold books door-to-door in the USA during their summer break. The comedy was written and directed by Rain Rannu who himself has previously sold books in America.