Ilus Eesti, beautiful Estonia. My family's homeland. Estonia's countryside and people have an endearing gentleness about them which you fall in love with slowly and imperceptibly. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Estonians' courage and determination to survive despite centuries of repression, tyranny and foreign occupation. This blog aims to promote Estonian news, history and culture and seeks to enlighten readers about everything this unique country has to offer.
Monday, 31 January 2022
Estonian Minecraft YouTubers: Shulkercraft
Friday, 28 January 2022
Twenty years ago, the first Estonian ID card was issued
Today is the 20th birthday of the Estonian ID-card. ID-cards were ceremonially presented on 28 January 2002 and the first person to receive the ID-document was former Estonian President Arnold Rüütel.
ID card and electronic ID in numbers:
4.06 million ID cards issued (incl. ID cards of 57,900 EU citizens and 350,000 foreigners)
1.49 million ID cards in use
12.5 million ID card transactions per month
3 million digital signatures per month
200,000 active ID card users (electronically)
54.7% of voters vote electronically (ID card v mobile ID)
251,000 mobile ID users
615,000 Smart-ID users
Monday, 24 January 2022
2022 marks the 600th birthday of Tallinn's Raeapteek
It's been a familiar feature on Tallinn's Town Hall Square for centuries. Since 1422 The Raeapteek has been serving generations of Baltic Germans, Estonians and visitors to Tallinn who were in search of a remedy for their ailment or wanted to enjoy a glass of its famous claret. The Raeapteek is unique not only because it's the oldest pharmacy in Europe, but because it's been continuously running from the same location since the day it first opened.
Saturday, 22 January 2022
Estonian population decline due to unusual high number of deaths
2021 was not a good year for Estonia's population. According to Statistics Estonia, there were 5,307 more deaths than births registered in Estonia last year. Coronavirus and the summer heatwave were key factors in the increased number of deaths. 2021 saw 2,500 more deaths in Estonia compared to the previous year.
Monday, 17 January 2022
Beautiful Northern Lights in Estonia
Some stunning images of northern lights were captured in Estonia over the weekend. The spectacular light display was seen in Karivärava, a village located in Rakvere Parish. These photos were taken by Kairo Kiitsak.
Aurora borealis is an atmospheric phenomenon that has captivated people for millennia. It occurs when energised particles from the sun slam into Earth's upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 72 million kph. Thankfully earth's magnetic field protects us from the barrage.
Friday, 14 January 2022
The inspirational design of the Estonian passport
Sunday, 9 January 2022
Winter magic continues in Tallinn
Tallinn is a truly delightful place to visit during the winter months. The snow covered landscape transforms the city into a winter wonderland and the Christmas Market never disappoints. New innovations often spring up in Tallinn that leaves both locals and visitors in awe. This year the light display was simply stunning. The Christmas season is truly magical in Tallinn.