Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Test yourself - How much has Tallinn changed?


Tallinn changes and develops constantly, and even in a few short years, some places can change beyond recognition. In order to show how much has changed in the capital, this test features a collection of images from Tallinn's recent and more distant past. They are set in a comparative test with modern photographs. Put your memory and logic to the test!


Monday, 14 August 2017

Tammsaare's "Truth and Justice" currently filming in Mõniste


If you love Anton Hansen Tammsaare's epic work Truth & Justice then you'll be pleased to know that a new film version is currently being filmed in Mõniste Municipality, south-eastern Estonia. The film is based on volume one of the five book series that was originally published in 1926.

The cast of the film adaptation includes Priit Loog as Andres, Priit Võigemast as Pearu, Maiken Schmidt as Krõõt, Ester Kuntu as Mari and Simeoni Sundja as Juss.

"Truth and Justice" is scheduled to premiere in February 2019.

More information (in Estonian) can be found here: Tõe ja õiguse - filmimine on raske nagu eestlase elu 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Muhu Island - One of 8 Places in the World Where You Can Get Some Peace and Quiet

Great to see Muhu Island feature on the list! It's a truly beautiful place.


Muhu Island, Estonia
Just 45 minutes from Saaremaa, the country’s bigger island known for its spruce trees and beer, Muhu feels like a fairytale with its old trestle windmills and squat wooden houses. The centuries-old Pädaste Manor, the only five-star hotel outside Tallinn, offers gourmet cuisine, a wood-burning sauna and private horse rides around the island, says Tepper.


Here's the top eight locations from the Travel and Leisure website:

Burgenland, Austria

The Cotswolds, England

Muhu Island, Estonia

Beara Penninsula, Ireland

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Pylos, Russia

Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Pueblo Garzón, Uruguay

To read the full article, please click here:
8 Places in the World Where You Can Get Some Peace and Quiet

Monday, 7 August 2017

Erik Thomas Kirkman perfectly captures Estonia's natural beauty


Feel inspired to visit Estonia by watching this breathtaking video by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Thomas Kirkman. The filmmaker visits Estonia several times each year to spend time with his wife's family who live near Haapsalu. Estonia has become his second home. 

It's hard not to fall in love with Estonia's natural, unspoilt beauty. The more you visit, the more you will want to go back.

VIDEO: Cleveron's drone delivery service at Viljandi beach

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Driverless buses made Tallinn debut on Saturday


Introduced as part of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU, Easymile driverless buses began operating a limited route in Central Tallinn just after noon on Saturday. The buses are free to use and available between the Mere puiestee (Mere Avenue) stop and Tallinn Creative Hub. Operating hours are from 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m, Monday to Saturday. The trial shuttles are scheduled to remain in service through to the end of August and then will be returned to France. During the first three days of operation, the buses had a few close calls but nothing that required an emergency response.

Source: ERR News

Sunday, 30 July 2017

First synthetic rubber was synthesised in Estonia


Did you know that the first synthetic rubber that had commerical success was synthesised in Estonia?

Ivan Lavrentyevich Kondakov (1857–1931) took a post as pharmaceutics professor at the University of Tartu in 1895. In 1900, he became the first in the world to synthesise a product that had similar properties to natural rubber. He published his discovery in 1901 and wrote the first monograph on synthetic rubber in Tartu in 1912. The method he used, resulting in methyl rubber, is known today as the Kondakov process.

The Kondakov’s invention quickly took on commercial significance, as demand for scarce and costly natural rubber outstripped supply in the early 20th century, especially due to the booming automotive industry. The Kondakov’s invention was the first synthetic rubber that entered production on an industrial scale.

Today there are more than 200 types of synthetic rubber available. The most common products made from these materials include bicycle and automobile tyres