Sunday, 20 May 2018

Estonia to Become the World's First Free Public Transport Nation

Tallinn, known for its digital government and successful tech startups, is often referred to as Europe's innovation capital. Now celebrating five years of free public transport for its citizens, the government is planning to make Estonia the first free public transport nation. Allan Alaküla, head of Tallinn European Union Office, shares some valuable insights for other cities.

To read the full Popupcity news article, please click on the below link:
Estonia to Become the World's First Free Public Transport Nation

Monday, 14 May 2018

Estonian National Costume Postcards

I recently came across these beautiful images featuring the Estonian national costume. I think they were painted sometime during the 1930s.

Harju, Viru and Järvamaa.


Peipsiäärne & Setumaa.


Saaremaa. (Eesti rahvarõivad 1938)

Viljandi, Tartu & Võrumaa.

Hiiu & Läänemaa.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Luke Manor Fundraising Campaign: Help Restore the Steward's House

A new funding initiative has commenced on the Estonian crowdfunding website Hooandja to help raise money to restore the Steward's House at Luke Manor. For years, the local community has been trying to stop the disintegration of the building and in 2011 a new roof was installed. Since then some essential repairs have taken place but more time and money is required to complete the project. The local government recently approved a grant to help restore the steward's house but more money will be needed. Maybe you can help!

The fundraising campaign runs until the 17th June 2018 and you can choose how much you wish to donate. You can pledge 5€, 10€, 15€, 25€, 50€, 100€, 300€, 500€, or 1000€. There are also gifts on offer to thank you for your generosity.  

Once complete the building will be used as a function centre to host events and exhibitions.

The Steward's House

Beautiful views await!

Work has commenced on the floor.

To view the fundraising campaign page, please click on the below link. You will need to register to make a donation. Luke mõisa valitsejamaja etenduste- ja näitustesaali rekonstrueerimine

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Different ways Estonians have been celebrating EV100

One thing I like about social media is being connected with the many Estonian communities throughout the world and viewing their experiences.  It has been great to see all the wonderful events and celebrations which have taken place to mark the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. Here are some of the photographs that I have enjoyed the most.

Beauty seen from above.

Great cake!

Nice and creative!

I will definitely try this during my next trip to Estonia!

Whoever designed the packaging of this chocolate bar did a fantastic job!
I love it!

Stenbock House lit up in blue, black and white.

Manneken Pis in Brussels.

Celebrating parish colours. 
I need to do more folk art projects myself.

National symbols.

The giant Estonian flag knitted by Valtrik Pihl.
It measures 10 m x 16 m and took 3000  hours to make. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Peter Kentie explains the background behind the ESTonishing concept

It’s amazing how much one Dutchman can do for a country considering the knew little about Estonia just few years ago. Thank you Peter for your commitment, passion and brightEST ideas. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

The Wolf is Officially Declared Estonia's National Animal

Much debate has taken place in recent years in determining a national animal for Estonia.  In 2011 Postimees conducted an online poll revealing that the hedgehog was the people’s favourite but the debate went on. This week, after much deliberations, several local organisations including the Estonian Natural History Museum, the Estonian Nature Society, and Tallinn Zoo reached a final decision. They announced that the grey wolf would now be officially recognised as Estonia's national animal.

The wolf was chosen above the hedgehog, beaver, roe deer, badger and fox for several reasons. In many ways the wolf shares many characteristics similar to Estonia itself. The wolf is a survivor, they appreciate privacy and prefer to be left alone. Wolves are respectful towards their parents and are very protective of their family and territory. Wolves are also quite prominent in Estonian folklore and are either depicted as feared predators of the forest or heroes.

The decision-makers said in a statement that the wolf was a “symbol of wild and untouched nature”.

Today there are believed to be 200 - 250 wolves in Estonia.