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.
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Johannes Pääsuke: Karujaht Pärnumaal / Bear Hunt in Pärnumaa (1914)
Estonia's Rahva Raamat named Bookstore of the Year
The London Book Fair has announced that the 2022 winner of the The Bookstore of the Year Award is Rahva Raamat's Viru store in Tallinn. The bookshop underwent a major renovation recently that has been praised for its sustainability and creating a wonderful cultural oasis. The International Excellence Award will be presented to Rahva Raamat's Viru store at the London Book Fair gala in London on April 7.
Tuesday, 29 March 2022
18th anniversary of Estonia joining NATO
Monday, 28 March 2022
It is possible to contract COVID-19 three times
In the past it was considered unusual for a person to catch coronavirus twice, but as time went on, more instances of repeat infections were observed. The highly infectious Omicron variant is the most common strand circulating at the moment, it is less lethal, confining itself primarily to the upper respiratory tract rather than affecting the lungs. People infected with the Omicron variant have a 25% reduced risk of requiring hospitalisation.
Saturday, 26 March 2022
Erkki-Sven Tüür - 'For Ukraine'
Friday, 25 March 2022
73rd anniversary of the Soviet mass deportations from the Baltic countries
Between 25 - 28 March 1949 the Soviet regime forcibly deported 90,000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, packed them into cattle wagons and sent them to remote parts of Siberia. The majority of the deportees were women and children, the youngest was less than one year old; the oldest was 95 years old. At least two babies were born onboard the trains. Journeys to the remotest, easternmost parts of the Soviet Union lasted between 2 and 4 weeks and deportees travelled in the most inhuman of conditions. 45 Estonians died en route and many more perished as a result of the inhospitable living conditions, never to see their homeland again.
Today we remember the victims of this crime and light candles in their memory.
Starting from 6pm tonight candles will be lit on Tallinn's Freedom Square and also on Tartu Town Square. People are encouraged to place a candle in their window at home as well.
Russia has been responsible for many atrocities and sadly we are seeing them again in Ukraine, in the year 2022.
Monday, 21 March 2022
Curly Strings - Mind nad kätte ei saa / They Won't Catch Me
Sunday, 20 March 2022
Saturday, 19 March 2022
Karl Erik Nazarov sets new Estonian record at the Belgrade Indoor World Championships
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
How Estonia is helping Ukraine
Monday, 14 March 2022
Head Emakeelepäeva! Happy Estonian Language Day!
March 14 is Emakeelepäev / Mother Tongue Day. A day in which we celebrate our beautiful language and perhaps think about our favourite words.
Sunday, 13 March 2022
Mari Kalkun releases new song in support of Ukraine
Thursday, 10 March 2022
Eesti Post designs new postage stamp in support of Ukraine
Sunday, 6 March 2022
How we can help the people of Ukraine
When I woke up this morning the first thing I thought about was the war in Ukraine. How did the people in Ukraine fare during the night? Did they get enough sleep? Were they warm enough? Do they have enough food and water? All week I have been thinking about how I can contribute and help them. I've read the inspirational stories of men filling vans and driving to the Polish border to drop off supplies, and about the two boys in Tallinn who spent their pocket money to buy canned food to donate. So far Estonian citizens have donated almost €6 million to Ukraine. This is great for a country with a population of 1.3 million.
All major international charities are collecting donations for Ukraine right now, but I have been looking for an organsation where I know the funds and supplies will get there quickly. Something Ukrainian. I scoured the internet and found that my local Ukrainian Catholic church has become a collection point and they have been arranging trucks to drive supplies directly to the Ukraine border. They have been calling out for medical supplies, blankets, sleeping bags, portable mattresses, long life food etc. I was only too happy to help!
When I arrived at the church to drop off the donations I was informed that they had to move to new premises due to running out of space. Donations were flooding in. I was re-routed and arrived at the new location which was a warehouse style building with a large truck to the right in a loading bay, ready to leave as soon as it was full. People were walking into the building every few seconds carrying bags and boxes of goods. When I entered the building it was a hive of activity, there were 30-40 volunteers sorting through donations and packing them for the truck. It was a great to see so many people from the local community coming together during this time of need.
There are many ways we can help the people of Ukraine, either from dropping off supplies like I did yesterday or via a monetary donation. Here are three places to consider:
To support the Ukrainian military directly, you can donate to Army SOS. They buy the supplies the army needs (including things like radio sets, uniforms, supplies and ammunition) and promises to deliver them straight to the front lines. Website: https://armysos.com.ua/en/
You can also donate to the Ukrainian army via a special fund set up by the National Bank of Ukraine. Website: Ukraine’s Armed Forces account
Come Back Alive is a foundation set up to support the Ukrainian military by purchasing essential equipment like body armour and helmets. You can donate to them directly here: https://www.comebackalive.in.ua/
Friday, 4 March 2022
Thursday, 3 March 2022
Estonia stands with Ukraine
Tuesday, 1 March 2022
The world stands with Ukraine
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has seen waves of shock and anger sweep through the civilised world. Nations are appalled by Russia's despicable act of attacking a peaceful country which simply wishes to govern itself and remain a democracy. Over the weekend huge protests took place in major cities all over the world to show their solidarity with Ukraine.
The world stands with Ukraine because it is the right thing to do.
The war must end.
Evil prevails when good men do nothing.