As of today Estonia has the lowest 14-day coronavirus rate in Europe at 41.1 per 100,000 residents. Estonia is also one of just three European countries together with Moldova and Montenegro, where the rate has fallen in the past two weeks. The highest infection rates in Europe can be found in Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Monday, 26 October 2020
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Saturday, 10 October 2020
If you've enjoyed the novels no doubt you'll be keen to see the films but you will have to wait until next year to see the first installment of Apothecary Melchior on the silver screen. Based on the books by Estonian author Indrek Hargla, Apothecary Melchior is a series of seven novels set in medieval Tallinn during the 15th century. Melchior is a detective pharmacist who suffers from a family curse and only love can save him. The first three novels will be made into feature length films, with the first to be released next autumn.
Thursday, 8 October 2020
Kalju Lepik is considered one of Estonia's greatest poets. Born in Koeru in Järva County he fled to Sweden in 1945 and wrote in exile. During his lifetime he published 13 volumes of poetry, a main theme of his work related to missing his homeland. In honour of his 100th birthday on October 7 a new bronze sculpture has been unveiled in Koeru depicting Lepik as a young boy.
Saturday, 3 October 2020
Estonians are a unique bunch of people. With around a million ethnic Estonians living in Estonia and a further 200,000 scattered across the globe, it's almost like they all belong to an exclusive club. Estonians are a close-knit nation who are determined to keep culture, traditions and language alive no matter where they live. Estonians may not consider themselves cool but in many ways they are - they know how to live, survive and thrive.
Here are ten ways to identity if you're a cool Estonian.
1. You use your mobile phone to pay for virtually everything including parking, movie tickets, meals, even your Christmas tree while your're in the state forest.
2. You fly within the Schengen zone without the need of a passport, you simply use your ID card.
3. Can speak English perfectly as a second or third language.
4. You think blue, black and white is an excellent colour combination.
5. Can identify and name most of the plants and animals in the forest.
6. Know the health benefits of a sauna and have one at least once a week.
7. Use Transferwise for all your international payments.
8. Don't queue at polling stations. You vote online.
9. You love to sing folk music and are not ashamed to sing out loud.
10. You value and practise tradition despite the temptations and conveniences of modern life.