Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
For the first time, the National Library in Tallinn is holding an exhibition dedicated to textbooks used throughout the ages. The collection includes study materials from the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s. The oldest book on display is from the year 1515.
The exhibition is called 'ABC ja Cicero. Kooliraamat mineviku Eestis' and runs until the 29th May 2021. More information can be found on the National Library website Rahvusraamatukogu näitab esimest korda Eesti haruldasi ja sajandeid vanu õpikuid
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
A new museum has opened in Tallinn's Old-Town that specialises in censorship and promotes the free exchange of ideas. The museum, located in Munga Street, holds a collection of over one-hundred different titles that were banned from all over the world. The books are classified by country eg. Estonia, U.K, Russia, China etc, and also has a section dedicated to books that were burned.
The museum was created by Joseph Maximillian, a Scot who has been living in Estonia for the past five years. He studied film and spent several years living in China. According to his website, the aim of the museum is to raise people's awareness of the long history of censorship and the importance of freedom of speech.
Most books in the museum can be viewed or purchased. The museum is open Friday-Sunday from 11am until 6pm at Munga 2 Tallinn. More information can be found here: Banned Books Museum
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Tartu has launched its annual Deed of the Year Award, a competition that has been running for the past 23 years. All residents and friends of Tartu can participate in the voting which ends on December 17. The winner will be announced on December 29.
This year's candidates are:
Renovation of the Annelinn Upper Secondary School
Asta and Katre Õimu Eesti Kõnekäänud I and II
World Rally Championship Rally Estonia
Bolt scooter rental
Opening of the BMX Cross Hall in the former Visa Hall
Welfare Masters begin assisting the elderly
The return of biodiversity to city centre parks
Karl Morgenstern 250 exhibitions and other events
Performances with audio description and subtitles in Theatre Vanemuine
Klubi Tartu Maraton virtual sporting events
South Estonian Week of Flavours 'From Forest to Plate'
Fairy tale exhibition 'Once Upon a Time' at the Estonian National Museum
Play and recreation area in Annelinn, Kaunas pst 58a
Paju 2 high-rise building
Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty
University of Tartu Delta Centre academic and a research building
Skating rink on the Town Hall Square
New Lodjakoda barge workshop complex
You can vote online here - Tartu's Deed of the Year 2020
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
The Christmas season has officially begun in Tallinn with the placing of the Christmas tree on Town Hall Square last Friday. Sadly many of us won't be able to visit Tallinn this Christmas due to the coronavirus pandemic but at least we can be kept up-to-date online. This year, due to the pandemic, the Tallinn Christmas market will be configured a bit differently, more spread out throughout the Old Town.
Estonia was the first country in the world to have a public Christmas tree. It's a tradition that dates back to 1441 when the Brotherhood of Black Heads put a Christmas tree up on Tallinn Town Hall Square. An official document found in the city archives dated 1441 reveals that the city council paid for musicians to play music by the tree on 25th December. Now the tradition of having a public Christmas tree in city centres can be seen all over the world!
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Endel Ulga is an Estonian currently living in New Jersey in the United States. He was born on March 3, 1918, just days after Estonia declared its independence from Russia. In his memoir, he describes the idyllic life of a curious and ingenious child with great promise for a successful future while a roiling undercurrent of unrest pervaded eastern Europe. Endel and his country came of age together, before their destinies diverged during World War II.
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Sunday, 8 November 2020
Father's Day in celebrated on the second Sunday of November in Estonia. To mark the occasion, Statistics Estonia released some interesting facts.
* There are 304,800 fathers and 132,000 grandfathers in Estonia.
* Estonian fathers are 53 years of age on average, while the average grandfather is 66.
* 37.7% of fathers in Estonia have only one child, 41.7% have two, 15% have three and 3.8% have four. The remaining 1.8% of fathers have five or more children.
* There are eighty-eight fathers in Estonia with ten or more children.
* The most popular baby names for 2020 are Robin, Martin, Oliver, Rasmus, Mia, Emily, Lenna and Sofia.
Friday, 6 November 2020
One of the first train engineers in Estonia was my great-great-grandfather Carl Woldemar Becker (1845-1890). He was born in Kadriorg and married my great-great-grandmother Julie Louise Jorik in Tallinn in 1879. I am very proud that my family is part of Estonian history.
Thursday, 29 October 2020
Monday, 26 October 2020
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.
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.
Monday, 28 September 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Monday, 21 September 2020
In the autumn of 1944 tens of thousands of people fled Estonia trying to escape the advancing Soviet army. Sadly, not everyone made it to safety and an estimated 5000 Estonians lost their lives as they tried to reach Sweden. A new memorial was unveiled on Saturday in Lääne County dedicated to those who perished.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Monday, 14 September 2020
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Saturday, 5 September 2020
A team of ambitious and talented students from Estonia's top universities are working on a solution to target climate change by producing a solar car. They realised that lessening road traffic won't solve the problem but driving smarter will. Once built, the car will be tested in extreme conditions by racing 3000 km through the desert in Australia. The Estonian solar car will be entered into the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, racing alongside creations from some of the world's best universities. The teams will travel all the way from the north coast to the south coast of Australia.
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Monday, 31 August 2020
Friday, 28 August 2020
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Thursday, 20 August 2020
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Sunday, 2 August 2020
One of the best traits that people admire about Estonians is their punctuality. If you write to a government department, you will receive a prompt reply, if you post an Estonian a Christmas card, expect one in return shortly after and if you plan to meet-up with an Estonian they will always be on time. In fact it is quite common for an Estonian to arrive at the appointed meeting point 10-15 minutes early but if you arrive at the designated time they will consider you late!
In some regards Estonians have been shaped by their experience of recent history but it is the gems from the more distance past that makes Estonia unique.
Sunday, 26 July 2020
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Sunday, 19 July 2020
Sunday, 12 July 2020
In Austrvegr: The Role of the Eastern Baltic in Viking Age Communication across the Baltic Sea by Marika Mägi is available here.
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Sunday, 5 July 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Saturday, 20 June 2020
Monday, 15 June 2020
Sunday, 14 June 2020
Monday, 8 June 2020
Monday, 1 June 2020
Thursday, 28 May 2020
More information can be found here: Back to Our Roots
Sunday, 24 May 2020
Friday, 22 May 2020
Monday, 18 May 2020
Sunday, 17 May 2020
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Monday, 11 May 2020
Sunday, 10 May 2020
If you are interesting in reading some Mother's Day poems, I found these on Elu Life.
Emadepäeva luuletused ja salmid, õnnitlused emale emadepäevaks