On the 14th of June 1941, Estonia experienced one of the darkest days in its history. During the early hours of the morning, innocent people were forcibly removed from their homes, packed into cattle trains and deported to remotes parts of Siberia. Over 10,000 Estonians were taken - men, women, children, the elderly, babies, no-one was spared if their names appeared on the list. Most of these people perished, some in transit, some from hunger but many from being subjected to harsh conditions in rural Russia. This horrific event not only took place in Estonia, the occupying Soviet forces orchestrated this evil act in Latvia and Lithuania too. Ultimately over 100,000 people had their lives robbed from them in this manner.
Monday, 14 June 2021
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Friday, 11 June 2021
It's been a long 83 year wait for football fans in Estonia but last night Estonia finally achieved victory when they beat Lativa 2:1 to win the Baltic Cup. The event took place at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn and Estonian supporters were ecstatic when the final whistle blew. Estonia has not won the Baltic Cup since 1938.
Saturday, 5 June 2021
The House of Peter the Great is the oldest museum in Tallinn, it was opened in 1806 on the orders of Russian Emperor Alexander I. Tsar Peter I of Russia acquired the 17th-century building in 1714 and used it as his residence during his visits to Tallinn. Both Peter The Great and his wife Catherine I stayed in this house and the Tzar particularly liked the view of the sea and the harbour from Lasnamägi Hill. In 1718 Peter I acquired the surrounding land and built Kadriorg Palace in honour of his wife.
Friday, 4 June 2021
Today we celebrate the 137th anniversary of the Estonian flag. The beloved blue, black and white (sinimustvalge) flag of Estonia was first created by a university students' society before being adopted as the national flag of Estonia in 1918. It is dear to us all!
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
We are all aware that different countries are known by different names throughout the world. English speakers often refer to Deutschland as Germany and Polska as Poland. But what do Estonians call other European countries? This map will show you. It is interesting to note that Great Britain is sometimes called Ühendkuningriik - 'ühend' means 'united' and 'kuningriik' (kingdom) comes from the words 'kuningas' (king) and 'riik' (state).