Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Apotheka e-apteek TV Commercial

There has been a lot of talk about this Estonian TV commercial recently. Some people love it whilst other are not too keen on it. It's quite long for a TV commercial but at least its getting the desired attention. Take a look!

Friday, 26 October 2018

Gingerbread Mania names this year's theme 'Eesti'

This year's Gingerbread Mania exhibution has been dedicated to the Republic of Estonia's 100th birthday. The official theme title is 'Eesti' and is sure to include many wonderful delights. No official photographs of the display has been released as yet but it's sure to be great as always!

Gingerbread Mania is located at Pärnu mnt 6 in Tallinn and runs from 6th December 2018 - 6th January 2019. For more information please refer to the official website Piparkoogimaania

Monday, 22 October 2018

President Kaljulaid visits Australia, attends Invictus Games event in Sydney

The Estonian community in Sydney were thrilled to have the President in town recently. Kersti Kaljulaid was in Australia to meet with Governor-General  Sir Peter Cosgrove to discussed bilateral Estonian-Australian relations. They attended the Invictus Games together, an event established by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in 2014 for injured servicemen. This year, Estonia is represented by a 15-member team of EDF veterans. 

Let's hope they bring home a few medals!

Estonian Documentary "AHTO - Chasing a Dream" teaser

Friday, 19 October 2018

A glimpse back at old Narva

Narva was once a beautiful Estonian city known for its stunning baroque architecture. Many of Narva's grand buildings were constructed during the 17th century whilst under Swedish rule. The face of Narva forever changed due to World War Two when heavy fighting left the city 98% destroyed. During the Soviet Occupation Estonians were forced to leave the city and the population was replaced with Russian speaking immigrants. Narva resembled nothing of its yesteryears but at least there are photographs to remind us of the beautiful city it once was.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Tallinn to take part in the Tall Ships Races 2021

To celebrate the 65th year of the Tall Ships Races and Regattas, it was announced that the 2021 route will take place in the Baltic Sea. Between 27 June - 3 August 2021, the international Tall Ships fleet will visit five countries for a series of races and spectacular maritime celebrations.

The Tall Ships Races 2021 offers a total of around 1,500 nautical miles of racing in the Baltic Sea. This region has been a popular sea area with Tall Ships from around the world, with up to 100 vessels taking part in previous Baltic race series.

The event will start on Sunday 27 June and continue through until Tuesday 3 August with three fantastic races and a Cruise-in-Company. The race series will take the Tall Ships to five different ports across five countries – Klaipeda in Lithuania, St Petersburg in Russia, Tallinn in Estonia, Mariehamn in Åland and Szczecin in Poland.

For more information, please click here: THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2021: FIVE PORTS ANNOUNCED

Friday, 12 October 2018

New study reveals Estonians are the world's biggest bookworms

A new study from researchers at the Australian National University and University of Nevada in the US has revealed which countries are the world’s biggest bookworms and Estonia tops the list!

Researchers surveyed adults across 31 countries, between the ages of 25 and 65, and asked them how many books they had in their home when they were 16.

On average Australians owned 148 books per household compared to 114 in the US. In Estonia that number is significantly higher at 218 books per home. Furthermore 35% of those Estonian surveyed revealed they in fact owned 350 books or more.

Estonians top the charts with an average of 218 books per house when they were 16.

We love our books!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Trailer ‘Coming home soon - The refugee children of Geislingen’

Thousands of Estonians were left displaced after World War Two. Many sought refuge in Germany to escape the horrors of the second Soviet Occupation. Helga Merits' new film Coming Home Soon - the refugee children of Geislingen provides an insight into the plight of the Estonian people as they tried to rebuild their lives.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Happy World Post Day / Postage Stamp Day!

If you are like me and enjoy collecting stamps then you'll be pleased to know that the 9th of October is World Post Day. Eesti Post releases many beautiful Estonian stamps throughout the year including this special silver stamp commemorating the Republic of Estonia's 100th birthday.

All of Eesti Post's stamps can be purchased online and shipped anywhere in the world.

For more information, please click here: Eesti Post

Friday, 5 October 2018

Kehra Mill turns 80

For the past eighty years the paper and pulp mill in Kehra has stood tall, a prominent feature in the small community. In honour of the mill's 80th birthday, Kehra museum has an exhibition running until December 1 on the mill's history. Kehra Mill was established in 1937 and on the 25th August 1938 a new sulfate pulp mill was inaugurated at the plant. President Päts was in attendence on the day as was my great-grandfather Arthur Lestal who took numerous photographs of the event. Many of the photographs on display at the exhibution were taken by Arthur.

Photographs taken by Arthur Lestal at the Kehra Mill in 1938.

People waiting at Kehra railway station for the arrival of President Päts.

Inauguration of the new sulfate pulp mill.

Newspaper articles from the opening in 1938. 

Kehra Mill was originally 100% stated owned until it was purchased by the Tolaram Group of Singapore in 1995. The mill was then renamed “Horizon Pulp & Paper” Ltd.

For more information: Horizon / Kehra Mill