Estonians don’t traditionally celebrate Halloween however the custom has become more popular in recent years. It's always fun to dress up, decorate the home and throw a party!
Thursday, 28 October 2021
Sunday, 24 October 2021
It's concerning to see the coronavirus infection rate steadily on the rise again in Estonia. During recent weeks there have been multiple deaths each day and hospitals are feeling the strain of trying to find additional intensive care beds. There still appears to be some resistance towards wearing masks in public and being vaccinated in Estonia despite the success seen in other countries (e.g. Germany). Only 55% of the Estonian population are fully vaccinated yet the vaccine has been freely available for some time now. Whether it's fear, lack of knowledge or ignorance that affects their judgement, the fact of the matter is, vaccination saves lives and significantly reduces the chance of ending up in intensive care if you contract COVID-19. As of today 1,461 people have died in Estonia after contracting the virus, two of the youngest victims were an eleven year-old girl who died in March and a newborn. In the last 24 hours Estonia has lost seven more senior Estonian citizens.
When I visited Estonia in August I was amazed to find the majority of people I passed in shopping centres and restuarants were not wearing masks and adhering to the two metre social distancing rule. People appeared unconcerned that a deadly virus was lurking and did little or nothing to protect themselves. We have been living with this pandemic for almost two years now and have seen the death toll, it's nearing five million worldwide now. The count is updated everyday, country by country, on worldometer: covid live update. Just because we are tired of the situation and the restrictions placed upon our lives, it doesn't mean we should stop being viligant. The virus is still here and until we have reached herd immunity we should all be wearing masks in all indoor areas and keeping a safe distance.
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Monday, 11 October 2021
Today we say farewell to Kersti Kaljulaid as President of Estonia and welcome Alar Karis who was sworn into office today. Kaljulaid served five years as Head of State, she was the country's first female president. Alar Karis is a former University of Tartu rector, auditor general and head of the Estonian National Museum. I wish him every success.
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Sunday, 3 October 2021
The third Worldwide Estonian Language Week will take place from 4 -10 October 2021. Language enthusiasts are encouraged to participate via the KeelEST website to increase their knowledge of the Estonian language. Many tutorials, games and quizzes can be found on the website.
Why not test yourself? More information about Estonian Language Week can be found here.