Tallinn News

Tallinn Plans Ban On Public Drinking

Oct 1st, 2014

This week Tallinn city government is going to approve a bill banning public drinking virtually all over town. Boozing in public places of the city is clearly bothering the townsfolk, as the newspaper Pealinn wrote. Kalle Klandorf, the Deputy Mayor…

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Two New Rhinos for Tallinn Zoo

Apr 2nd, 2013

Next month, Tallinn Zoo welcomes two black rhinoceros from Germany, daily Postimees reports. The two pachyderms will be transported to the Estonian capital from their current homes in Berlin and Krefeld in the beginning of May. The public can have a…

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Free Estonian Language Course Online

Mar 15th, 2013

Right on time with the Estonian Language Day, the Estonian Ministry of Education launched an online Estonian language course for English-speaking learners yesterday, daily Postimees writes. The free of charge material comprises 16 lessons with over…

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Tallin's Fashion Rocks

Feb 22nd, 2013

Estonian fashion designer's display won the Emerging Talent Award 2013 of International Fashion Showcase (IFS) in London during the fashion week. Estonian team with the display "FreshEst presents: Ministry of Creative Affairs" caught the jury's eye…

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Tourist Profile Changes, Spending Increases

Feb 22nd, 2013

According to figures from the Bank of Estonia, foreign tourists spent nearly one billion euros in the country last year, an increase of 6 percent, but visitor numbers from EU states dropped, replaced by more guests from Russia. In 2012, foreign…

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New Year's Revelers Warned of Pirate Taxis

Dec 18th, 2012

Tallinn's Municipal Police has warned the public that it expects an increased number of pirate taxis on streets tonight and that riding in such vehicles is not only illegal, but could result in unexpectedly high fares. Moreover, passengers using the…

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Free public transport for Tallinners

Nov 28th, 2012

Starting from 2013 will have free public transport for its residents, as a result of a referendum held in March this year. Entitled to 100% tickets discount will be all registered residents of Tallinn and students below 19 years old, regardless of…

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The largest ever exhibition of Ene-Liis Semper’s work opens at Kumu

Oct 19th, 2011

The works of Ene-Liis Semper, one of the most internationally recognised Estonian artists, opened at the Kumu Art Museum . The exhibition, which encompasses all five floors, is a synthesis of spatial installations and video art. According to the…

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Artist protests against arrest for going topless

Sep 28th, 2011

An Estonian artist has claimed that she was unfairly arrested for walking topless in the street. Fideelia-Signe Roots has now contacted the country's Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner to protest the matter. The young artist…

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Dalai Lama visits Estonia

Aug 22nd, 2011

Tibet's spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited Estonia in August as a part of a tour of several European countries. The 76-year-old monk, who has lived the majority of his life in exile in India after the takeover of his country by the…

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KGB headquarters to be turned into flats

Jul 27th, 2011

The building which once housed the Tallinn headquarters of the KGB will be converted into a block of luxury flats. The notorious property, which lies at the heart of the city in the historic Old Town, should be ready to welcome its first new…

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High class dining with a twist

Jun 21st, 2011

Tallinn was treated to a decidedly novel form of high class dining this June when Belgium's Dinner in the Sky experience arrived in the Estonian capital. The Belgian gastronomic project hoists diners 150 feet into the air in a specially-designed…

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Tallinn having bumper year for tourism

May 27th, 2011

The first quarter of 2011 has proved a triumphant success for Tallinn's tourist industry. The Estonian capital has seen a 12.5 percent increase in international visitors compared to the same time period in 2010. As it goes, the Brits are…

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Cat cub birth sparks joy in Tallinn

Apr 25th, 2011

Staff at Tallinn's zoo saw over the birth of one of the world's rarest cats at the Estonian animal reserve this April. Darla, an Amur leopard, was born on April 14th, during the early hours of the morning. Owing to the highly volatile early…

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Tallinn launches world's first Skype booth

Mar 27th, 2011

A cluster of Estonian companies has joined forces to create the world's first Skype booth, now open to customers at Tallinn's Leni Merrart International Airport. The Skype service, which allows users to make free local and international…

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Black Nights Film Festival Wins Tourist Awards

Feb 24th, 2011

The Black Nights Film Festival, was singled out as Estonia's most outstanding tourist attraction of 2010. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik llves handed the award to festival director Tiina Lokk at the Tourest Travel Fair this February. The…

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Connery Busted in Tallinn

Jan 28th, 2011

Sir Sean Connery, star of countless James Bond films and other beloved movies from The Man Who Would Be King to Indian Jones: The Last Crusade, has been honoured with his very own bust in the Estonian capital. The bronze sculpture was unveiled…

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Estonia Adopts The Euro

Dec 30th, 2010

Revellers taking to the streets of Tallinn on 31st December 2010 had an extra reason to celebrate with Estonia becoming the 17th member to join the Eurozone, and the first from the former Soviet Union. A special gala concert was being laid on in…

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Film-maker helps salvage relics of ill-starred Arctic quest

Nov 24th, 2010

Noted Estonian film-maker Riho Vastik is helping to save a relic of one of the legendary doomed Arctic explorations of a century ago. Mr. Vastik stumbled across the legacy quite by chance. Several months ago, he was shooting an unrelated film in…

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EU Grants 1.5 Million Euros For Culture Year

Oct 18th, 2010

The European Commission has ear-marked 1.5 million euros for Tallinn's hosting of the European Capital of Culture in 2011. The award is a sign that EU representatives are happy with the preparations for next year's event, which seems to be…

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Europe to honour Swiss actor in Tallinn

Sep 16th, 2010

The countdown has already begun to Tallinn's hosting of the European Film Awards, which kicks off on December 4th. And as a taster of what's in store, news is just in that legendary Swiss actor Bruno Ganz will be honoured with a lifetime…

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Capital of Culture may have less to work with

Jun 18th, 2010

Tallinn could possibly be facing a loss of an EU grant of over 23 million kroon (1.46 million), after failing to produce a funding guarantee. Tallinn is this years Capital of Culture and the grant was in order to support city funded events.…

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Baltic Booze Bus

Apr 30th, 2010

Finnish pensioners seem to be especially attracted to Estonian alcohol. According to a study by the Federation of Finnish Commerce most of the retired people traveling to Tallinn or other places within the Baltic county bring back booze in large…

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Tallinn to Munich...and back again

Jan 19th, 2010

Lufthansa Airlines has just announced that it will be adding a new route to its German flights into and out of Tallinn Airport from 26 March this year.Now passengers will be able to fly direct from Munich to the Estonian capital, without having the…

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Kaka Goes AWOL in Tallinn

Aug 13th, 2009

Tall, swarthy and handsome - Tallinn locals were quick to notice the good-looking Brazilian mid-fielder, Kaka, wandering about town earlier this week.The Brazilian team were in town to play a friendly against Estonia when Kaka decided to take an…

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Ships Ahoy

Jul 14th, 2009

Get ready for a marathon maritime weekend as Tallinn prepares to welcome dozens of sailing ships, taking part in the Tall Ships Race, as they cruise into the citys harbour on 17 July.The ships stopoff is giving the good citizens of Tallinn a chance…

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Now You Can Fly From Tallinn to St.Petersburg

Jun 21st, 2009

Estonian Air are to start a new route between Tallinn and St Petersburg from 27 July, flying travellers four times a week between the two cities.Departures from Tallinn are on Monday and Wednesday at 12:50 with an arrival in St. Petersburg at 15:05…

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Holiday Tips with the New Tallinn Card

May 30th, 2009

If youre off to Tallinn to indulge yourself in its sights, sounds and city centre splendor, then to be sure to pick up the Tallinn Card to get the most out of your shoe leather and your Kroon*. The Tallinn Card has been re-launched this year and…

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Enrique Iglesis is Saku Arena

Apr 24th, 2009

Enrique Iglesias must really like performing in Tallinn. The hunky singer is coming back to Estonia for the third time, after two extremely successful performances in the recent years. The concert, which will take place on April 29 on Saku Arena…

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Famous Italian Violinist In Tallinn

Mar 27th, 2009

One of the worlds best violinist, Giuliano Carmignola, is to perform in Estonia Concert Hall tonight. The violinist will be accompanied by the Orchestre des Champs-lyses. The artists will play Bochererinis Symphony in d minor La casa del diavolo…

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Jewish Composers’ Contribution to World Musical Culture

Feb 24th, 2009

The Jewish community of Tallinn found a way to enliven the Jewish life in the Estonian capital. A first concert of Jewish Composers Contribution to World Musical Culture will take place on 1 March in the Tallinn Synagogue. The concert, called "As…

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Russian-Estonian Talks in Tallinn

Jan 29th, 2009

Last Friday, Russian-Estonian consultations began in the Estonian capital. The consultations, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov and Chancellor of the Estonian foreign ministry Marten Kokk will concern the state and development prospects…

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Opening Of A Jewish Museum in Tallinn

Dec 17th, 2008

The new museum's exhibition center presents life of a Jewish community in Estonia, beginning from the 19th century. The visitors will be able to learn all about their presence in Estonia and to see how much of the present culture was influenced by…

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How About Managing An Airport?

Nov 25th, 2008

With the decisions on expanding the Tallinn Airport, building two aircraft hangars and an office building, as well as a large cargo warehouse - the Airport's administration has a lot on their minds. And the economic crises does not make things…

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The eurozone entry bluff

Oct 24th, 2008

According to the Estonian paper Aripaev, Estonia may struggle with meeting the eurozone entry criteria in 2009. All because of growing budget deficit which could reach over 3 percent. Taavi Veskimgi, former Minister of Finance, states that such…

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Estonia Sends IT Geeks To Defend Georgia

Aug 13th, 2008

In an unlikely move, and a world first as far as we are aware, Estonia has sent - not a platoon of elite troops or the very latest in military hardware - but a pair of IT geeks, sorry "experts", to defend Georgia's sovereignty against Russian…

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Tallinn Tops WiFi Table

Jul 8th, 2008

The American TV Channel 'Discovery Tech' has ranked Tallinn as number one city on the planet for WiFi coverage. Hip hip hooray! Actually that comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the capital of this Baltic State, which has been dubbed…

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Tallinn To Get Stalker Street?

May 5th, 2008

It might not sound like the kind of place you'd like to go at night, but Stalker Street is the proposed name of a new road in Tallinn's Rottermann quarter near the centre of the city. The seemingly odd choice of name is inspired by the cult…

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E-stonia Guards Cyberworld

Apr 2nd, 2008

For some time Estonia has been regarded as one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to technology, with a higher percentage of the population wired up to the web than any other country and the government operating in paperless offices.

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Copterline Back In Business

Feb 21st, 2008

The helicopter company Copterline is finally back in business flying passengers between Tallinn and Helsinki after suspending flights in 2005 following a fatal accident. On the 10th August one of their fleet crashed into the ocean, due to a fault in…

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Tallinn Begins To Bang Gavel Over Last Year's Riots

Jan 24th, 2008

It's been a busy couple weeks for the Estonian judicial system as Tallinn courts have been clearing out lingering cases leftover from last year's riots in the capital. The most high-profile of the related trials is that of four men accused of…

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Estonia Celebrates Schengen Zone Expansion

Dec 29th, 2007

On December 21st, 'the Schengen Zone' - that brave, borderless band of European nations - was officially expanded to incorporate almost all of Central Eastern Europe, including Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia…

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Russia Puts Coal In Estonia's Stocking

Dec 17th, 2007

In true holiday spirit, Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has been heavily advocating a boycott on all things Estonian, including visits to the country over the Christmas and New Year's holiday. Running the campaign under the slogan, "I don't…

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5 Charged in April Riots

Oct 30th, 2007

After being detained without any formal charges for over six months, Tallinn authorities have finally charged five men considered their 'prime suspects' for organising the riots which rocked the Estonian capital in April 2007. During, and in the…

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Baltic Conference Showcases Russian Nationalism

Sep 3rd, 2007

Ethnic Russian inhabitants of all three Baltic countries rallied in Tallinn last week to further filthy the murky (is that blood?) waters of relations between the Baltic nations and Russia, their former oppressor. Anyone who's been following these…

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'Blind-Drunk' Strikes Again!

Aug 17th, 2007

As if it weren't ridiculous enough the first time we reported this story, our lovable highway star has been at it again. After his brief arrest last week, the blind drunk - whose named has now been released only as 'Kristjan' - was stopped by Tartu…

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Tallinn Pride Prevails

Aug 13th, 2007

Tallinn's fourth annual gay pride parade took place this weekend in the Estonian capital, passing peacefully without any of the violence that marred last year's event. About 250 people participated in the march which began around 15:00, winding its…

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'Blind Drunk' Behind the Wheel

Aug 7th, 2007

Life can be so literal sometimes. For example: When Estonian police stopped a man in Tartu over the weekend for suspiciously erratic driving, the fact that he was inebriated seemed self-evident. However, as officers attempted to conduct a standard…

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Bronze Soldier Breaks Bank

Jul 10th, 2007

The numbers are in, the figures have all been tabulated, the mathematicians all sent home. According to an Estonian newspaper, Estonia's government spent a whopping 70 million kroons (that's over $6 million USD) to remove and relocate the Bronze…

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Reburying the Past

Jul 5th, 2007

Eight of the infamous twelve (or 13 according to the latest Moscow conspiracy theory) Russian soldiers exhumed from central Tallinn were finally re-put to rest after a stressful month and a half during with they were the unwitting catalysts of…

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Tallinn: Capital of Culture 2011

Jun 29th, 2007

The European selection panel has published its report recommending Tallinn, Estonia and Turku, Finland be approved for designation as the European Capitals of Culture in 2011. Tallinn has highlighted in its winning presentation, the desire to create…

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From Russia With Loathe

Jun 26th, 2007

In a recently published survey, the Russians have revealed that they consider the Baltic states their main enemies. Topping the list were Estonians, who some 60% of Russians have 'negative attitudes' towards. Previously holding the pole position of…

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Tallinn Asks Smokers to Butt Out

Jun 5th, 2007

Today Estonia joined Lithuania and Latvia by imposing an official smoking ban in restaurants and bars, clubs and casinos. Under the new law, smoking will be allowed only on outdoor terraces and designated smoking rooms without service. Is this way…

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Downloadable Tallinn PDF Guide Now Available!

Jun 1st, 2007

We know what you've been thinking: "Gee willikers! Tallinn Life sure is handy online, but I wish I could take it with me on my trip to Tallinn!" Well sweetheart, now you can. Inside the new Tallinn Life pdf you'll find all the travel tips and info…

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First Estonian Synagogue in 60 Years

May 24th, 2007

Amidst all the recent accusations (from Russia, mainly) that Estonia is a fascist, Hitler-loving country of neo-nazis - look what just opened in the middle of Tallinn. Whoop, what's that? Could it be? Omigosh, it's a synagogue! Two years in the…

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New Interactive Tallinn Map!

May 9th, 2007

As promised (o-so long ago), Tallinn Life has finally unveiled its new whiz-bang, stone-sexy interactive…

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Estonia Attempts to Flex EU Muscle

May 2nd, 2007

After months of fierce political pressure over the removal of the Bronze Soldier monument erupted into violent riots in downtown Tallinn and elsewhere in Estonia, the small Baltic country has called upon its chums in the European Union to back it up.

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Blame It On the Drink: Tallinn Bans Alcohol Sales To Quell Rioting

May 1st, 2007

After Thursday night/Friday morning's unprecedented violence in Tallinn, city officials banned public assemblies and the sale of alcohol, attempting to curb the rampant rioting which continued through Saturday morning and seems to have now lost…

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Deposed Bronze Soldier Sparks Riot

Apr 27th, 2007

After months of shit-slinging from the toilet of Estonian-Russian diplomatic relations, Estonian officials went ahead with their plan to remove the Bronze Soldier, sparking unprecedented violence in Tallinn. As the controversial monument was…

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Mouse Spends Millions on Dream House

Mar 27th, 2007

After customers started receiving partially masticated banknotes from a bank machine outside a Hansapank in central Tallinn, it was discovered that a mouse was the culprit, munching through what has been reported as "thousands of pounds of cash"…

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Impartial Ice Cricket Championship

Mar 19th, 2007

The first-ever Ice Cricket World Championship came to a rather inconclusive close March 4th, ending in an exhilarating draw. Attracting six teams from across the world (ie. England and the Estonian home team), it was Surrey's deftly-skilled Polygon…

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In Heaven, Estonians get free WiFi

Mar 13th, 2007

Tallinn has just added yet another feather to its technological pioneering cap. The same week that the country gears up for the world's first ever online election, Hansa Buss has unveiled a new line of buses that will connect Tallinn and Riga. The…

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Jack Grows a New Beanstalk

Mar 1st, 2007

Perhaps, you've already begun to notice, but the Tallinn skyline will soon be changing. The much-anticipated 'Swissotel Tallinn Estonia' will be tearing the stomachs from clouds as early as this summer, when it officially becomes the city's tallest…

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Tallinn holds world's first online parliamentary election

Feb 28th, 2007

Further exhibiting their embrace of technology since coming out from under the red carpet of the Soviet Union, Estonia will hold the world's first parliamentary 'e-lection' this week. Voters will be able to cast their vote electronically over the…

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Tallinn's 'Bronze Soldier' Involved in a New Conflict

Jan 25th, 2007

Tensions between Estonia and Russia have been mounting since a bill was passed in the Estonian parliament on the protection of military cemeteries, allowing the remains of soldiers buried in unmarked graves to be transferred to clearly marked…

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In Defiance of Global Warming...

Jan 23rd, 2007

Good news for everyone lamenting the unseasonably mild winter conditions stubbornly lingering across Europe: A high-tech outdoor skating rink has opened in Tallinn's Old Town. The brand-new rink, next to St. Nicholas' Church on Harju Street, was…

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Somebody tell the Swedes they've successfully invaded Estonia

Jan 22nd, 2007

On January 12, the keepers of a medieval citadel in Rakvere, in northeastern Estonia, came under the national microscope after a rather embarrassing incident involving a successful Swedish conquest of the citadel. Unbeknownst to the Swedes, the…

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Victor visits Tallinn

Dec 22nd, 2006

It's been a busy year for Tallinn, socially speaking, as the Estonian capital has played host to a number of VIPs. Heavy metal gurus Metallica were first up during summer, and drew record crowds to the Song Festival Grounds where they played, whilst…

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Bush to defend Russians?

Nov 20th, 2006

President George Bush is heading over to Tallinn in a little over a week and the unlikely world leader may be asked to play the role of mediator in an ongoing dispute between Estonia's Russian and Estonian communities. For some time now the…

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The Queen's Trip to Tallinn

Oct 20th, 2006

Britains Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Estonia on the 19th of October to complete her tour of the Baltic states. After arriving at Tallinn's International Airport aboard a special British Airways jet, the Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by…

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New terminal for Tallinn Airport

Oct 4th, 2006

Leading construction company Skanska has secured the contract to build a new terminal at the International Airport in Tallinn, Estonia. The contract price totals EUR 39.3 million, which is included in the order bookings for the third quarter of…

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Newcastle 2-1 Levadia (agg: 3-1)

Sep 29th, 2006

Newcastle eased into the group stages of the Uefa Cup thanks to an Obafemi Martins brace against Levadia Tallinn. Martins headed home Emre's right-wing corner just after the interval and followed it up with a 20-yard left-foot screamer that…

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Levadia Tallinn 0, Newcastle United 1

Sep 18th, 2006

Antoine Sibierski scores during the Uefa Cup first round, first leg match between FC Levadia Tallinn v Newcastle United. When the signing of Antoine Sibierski was confirmed by Newcastle just before last month's transfer deadline, United's…

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Click for Estonian Prime Minister

Sep 11th, 2006

Tallinn, Sep 10 (IANS) A visit to this medieval capital city of Estonia on the banks of the Baltic Sea - that even boasts of three Indian restaurants bang in its tourist district - has been quite a revelation in more than one way. I not only…

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Magpies fly to Tallinn

Aug 25th, 2006

Newcastle United Football Club from the North of England, have been drawn to play FC Levadia Tallinn in the first round of the UEFA cup on the 14th September in Tallinn. The high-flying "Magpies" will fancy their chances against their hosts when…

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Gay pride marchers attacked

Aug 15th, 2006

Tallinn - At least 15 people were injured in a gay pride march in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday, when about 20 anti-gay protesters attacked marchers with sticks and stones. "At least half a dozen people were injured and treated by the emergency…

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Helsinki and Tallinn compete over bus drivers

Aug 2nd, 2006

Hundreds of Estonian bus drivers have emigrated to Finland, attracted by higher pay in this country. The cities of Tallinn and Tartu are raising the pay of Estonian drivers in hopes of blunting the attraction of Helsinki. The most recent…

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Estonia's electronic society

Jul 24th, 2006

Novel as it may seem, some places in the world are actually attempting to make their governments more efficient and their societies more open. Across the Gulf of Finland, not quite fifty miles from Helsinki, the Estonian cabinet conducts its…

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Bridge over the river Narva

Jul 24th, 2006

TALLINN, July 22 (Itar-Tass) - Estonia and Russia have agreed to build a new bridge across the Narva River. Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin and Estonian Economic and Communications Minster Edgar Savisaar signed the corresponding protocol…

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Baltic Sea Commission takes Tallinn off polluted list

Jun 28th, 2006

Eleven designated "hot spots" have been removed from the list of the Baltic Seas worst sources of pollution following a review of cleanup efforts, officials from the nine Baltic Sea coastal countries and the European Union announced in Vilnius today…

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Estonia honours British rally hero

Jun 21st, 2006

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has unveiled a memorial to Michael Park in a ceremony outside the capital city Tallinn. The British co-driver, who died in an accident during Rally Great Britain last September, was a hugely popular figure in…

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Freedom in the Airwaves

Jun 16th, 2006

Fact: In 2000 Tallinn had only three Wi-Fi hotspots. Today there are more than 300. The grim decades of Soviet rule in Estonia gave the Cafe Pegasus, an austere '60s building just inside Tallinn's towering medieval walls, a reputation as a…

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Estonia establishes diplomatic relations with Montenegro

Jun 13th, 2006

Estonia is the first country that has established diplomatic relations with Montenegro, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, AFP reported. Montenegros Foreign Minister Miodrag Vlahovic and representative of the Estonian Foreign…

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Dutch envoy flees Estonian abuse

Jun 8th, 2006

Tallinn, Estonia - The Dutch ambassador to Estonia, Hans Glaubitz, is leaving the country, complaining of persistent racist and homophobic abuse. Mr Glaubitz said he and his partner, a black Cuban man, were regularly insulted when they went out.

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Estonian PM wants Soviet monument taken out of central Tallinn

May 25th, 2006

TALLINN, May 22 (RIA Novosti) - The Estonian prime minister said Monday a Soviet-era monument commemorating the Red Army's role in removing the Nazis from the country should be removed from downtown Tallinn. Andrus Ansip told Estonian radio that…

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Tallinn office celebrates 15th anniversary

May 25th, 2006

The 15th anniversary of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia is being celebrated with a seminar on 12 May during the Sixth Nordic Poetry Festival. The Nordic Council opened information offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania…

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Review of Estonian Jazz Festival, Jazzkaar

May 3rd, 2006

The fifteen-day jazz marathon of the 17th Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar came to an end on April 30th. This 17th Jazzkaar was special in many ways - with its 50 concerts the festival was the largest one held so far. Likewise, the…

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Tallinn weathering the stag party storm

Apr 25th, 2006

When Sankha Guha wrote a guide to Estonia's capital in 2002 he feared for its future as another cheap stop on the stag-party circuit. But the city has coped admirably with the invasion - in fact, it has prospered and endured By Sankha Guha 24…

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Drinking Habits Take Toll in Baltics

Apr 24th, 2006

RIGA, Latvia -- Augustinas Grevys' glory was short-lived when he bested three friends by being the last to pass out when each downed nearly a quart of moonshine. Grevys didn't get the chance to spend his 20 litas ($7) winnings _ enough to buy two…

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Stag revellers to pick up the bill

Apr 20th, 2006

Drunken revellers enjoying stag and hen parties abroad could be faced with a bill to cover costs of help from British officials if they get into difficulties, under plans put forward by a committee of MPs. According to the public accounts…

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Estonian parliament won't recognise freedom fighters

Apr 19th, 2006

TALLINN. April 18 (Interfax) - The Estonian parliament has rejected an initiative by the opposition to recognize the Forest Brothers and Estonians who fought in armies of the Third Reich as fighters for the liberation of Estonia. The Estonian…

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Estonian soldier pardoned in the Middle East

Apr 18th, 2006

TALLINN - An Estonian soldier who was sentenced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a month in jail and 80 lashes for sexually harassing a policewoman while drunk has been pardoned, a defense official in Estonia said on April 16. Korol was…

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Jazzkaar Festival in Tallinn

Apr 14th, 2006

From April 15-30 the Tallinn International Jazzkaar Festival will open its doors for the 17th time featuring Dianne Reeves, Vinicius Cantuaria and The Bad Plus. This year's festival includes 50 concerts in thirteen Estonian cities - Tallinn…

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2,000 More Hotel Rooms For Tallinn

Apr 12th, 2006

The number of hotel rooms in the Estonian capital Tallinn is set to increase by approximately 2,000 from the present 5,300 by the year 2008, as several new big hotels are being built, the daily Aripaev reported. "Right now there are 5,300 hotel…

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Estonian government to reopen ferry disaster inquiry

Apr 11th, 2006

The Estonian government has said it wants the international inquiry into the sinking of the Estonia ferry in September 1994 reopened. The inquiry into the accident, which claimed the lives of 852 people, submitted its findings seven years ago.…

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Ministers wanted to stop Estonia report

Apr 3rd, 2006

Estonian cabinet ministers wanted to stop the publication of an interim report into the Estonia ferry disaster, according to a government source. The report is contraversial and gives credence to a number of theories on the sinking. When the…

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Most Estonians oppose the Euro

Apr 3rd, 2006

TALLINN. April 1 (Interfax) - Opponents to the introduction of the euro in Estonia outnumber its supporters, according to a state-sponsored poll. About 40% of respondents support a transition to the euro, while 50% are against it, according…

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Estonia’s experience is important for Moldova

Mar 23rd, 2006

The experience of Estonia is important for Moldova, says President Vladimir Voronin, who thanked his Estonian counterpart Arnold Ruutel for assisting the European integration path of Moldova, at a news conference held in Chisinau on Monday after a…

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Oil slick approaches Tallinn

Mar 21st, 2006

TALLINN, March 20 (Itar-Tass) - An oil slick in the Gulf of Finland has approached the Estonian capital. Estonian nature protection services and border guards believe the source of the contamination is the Runner 4 dry cargo ship of the Dominican…

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Estonia mourns ex-president Lennart Meri

Mar 15th, 2006

The first president of Estonia after it regained its independence from the Soviet Union, Lennart Meri, has died in the capital, Tallinn, aged 76. A writer, dramatist and film-maker, Meri spent part of his childhood in Siberia after his family was…

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