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With rouble in trouble, Estonians shop in Russia en mass

Residents of the Estonian border city of Narva are taking advantage of the devaluation of the Russian rouble that has suddenly made goods in Russian shops over 20 percent cheaper against the euro.

Estonian Central Bank: State budget deficit on a rise

Estonia's state budget will see growing deficit in 2015, which may result in the need to increase taxes, indicates latest economic outlook published by the Estonian Central Bank.

Estonia makes its largest arms purchase

Estonian Minister of Defence on Tuesday, December 9, signed an agreement with his Dutch counterpart on the purchase of 44 infantry combat vehicles worth EUR 138 million.

Teacher pay rise included in Estonian budget bill

Riigikogu, the Estonian parliament, has included in the final reading of the country's 2015 budget bill a motion to increase teacher minimum gross monthly wage up to 900 euros.

Estonia repeatedly ranked 2nd in Freedom on the Net report

American human rights organisation Freedom House has released its annual study of internet freedom, for the second year in a row ranking Estonia second among 65 countries assessed.

Estonia grants e-residence to journalist Edward Lucas

Seeking to attract more foreign investment, Estonia has put in place issuing e-residency to foreigners. British journalist Edward Lucas – an editor of the Economist weekly – will become the first e-resident of the northenmost Baltic state.

Fitch issues Tallinn A-level rating for long-term deposits

New York and London-based financial rating agency Fitch Ratings has issued the Estonian capital of Tallinn A-level long-term foreign and local currency ratings (IDRs).

Estonia’s Kallas evaluates why Russia is beyond the understanding of the West

Former Estonia’s eurocommissioner Siim Kallas considers that the Kremlin will use every trick possible to divide the EU until sanctions are reviewed and questions the influence of current sanctions on Russian society and politics.

Tallinn to start limiting alcohol sales on Sundays

Tallinn City Council will vote on regulations that will from March 2015 curb the sale of alcohol on several days of the week.

Estonian President shows example in uniting ethnic groups

Society should not divide people living in Estonia in «locals» and «outsiders», and the word «non-Estonian» should not be used, said the country's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at a naturalisation ceremony this week.

Teacher shot at Estonian school

In Estonia on Monday, October 27, a teacher has been shot dead by a student at a school in the southern town of Viljandi.

Estonia submitts protest to Russia for reconnaisance plance entering airspace

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a demarche to Russian Ambassador over a violation of Estonian airspace commited by a Russian reconnaissance plane on October 21. The incident has attracted increased attention after the abduction of Estonian security official from across the border and amid increased Russian naval activity in the Baltic Sea.

Estonia plans to ease citizen requirements to children and elderly

The government of Estonia has given its go-ahead to draft law amendments that set forth easier citizenship requirements to children and the elderly

Kohver will be swapped, advocate of captured Estonian intelligence official says

Yevgeni Aksyonov, who is the Russian state-appointed lawyer for the captured Estonian counterintelligence official Eston Kohver, expects that Kohver will be exchanged for a captured Russian official sooner or later and that the episode can be evaluated as a part of a secret service war between the two states.

Priority of Estonian MEPs – development of digital single market

Currently, six MP's represent Estonia in the European Parliament. Although they represent four different political parties, most have similar priorities, with the development of the digital single market being on top of the agenda.

Policeman in Estonia charged for violence against festivalgoer

In Tallinn, a policeman has been charged with a crime over use of excessive force against a man at a summer festival.

Estonian-Russian border guards discuss kidnapping of security service official

Estonian and Russian border guards had agreed to meet on September 8 to discuss alleged kidnapping of an official from the Estonian Internal Security Service.

Obama promises to strengthen U.S. military presence in Baltic and Poland

The United States of America fully support Estonia in matters of security, as confirmed by U.S. President Barack Obama, who also confirms that the presence of U.S. air forces and marines will be increased in Baltic States and Poland.

Physics centre worth EUR 16 million opened in Estonia

Estonia's leading Tartu University has received a new building for its Institute of Physics.

Estonian fisheries find export market in Africa

Estonian fishery companies recognise that Russia's food embargo and the conflict in Ukraine have forced them to look for other export markets and that Estonian produce has been welcome in Africa.