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Estonian GDP up 4.2% on year in Q3 2017

Estonia's gross domestic product grew 4.2% from July to September in 2017 compared to the respective period last year, the Baltic country's statisticians have estimated.

Estonian Citizen of 2017 stands for granting citizenship to stateless people

The title of Estonia’s Citizen of the Year has been on Monday given to social businessman Rasmus Rask, who has subsequently suggested for the Baltic state to grant citizenship to its tens of thousands of stateless persons, who have not passed the tests needed for acquiring the citizenship.

Estonian ship guards in India acquitted after four years in prison

Fourteen ship guards from Estonia have been acquitted by a court in India after they have spent four years in prison in the Southern Asian country. A total of 35 men imprisoned in India were on Monday, November 27, acquitted of illegally possessing firearms while entering Indian waters on the board of an anti-piracy ship in 2013.

Cash used in less than half of payments in Estonia, ECB survey finds

Less than a half, 48%, of all money transactions performed at points of sale in Estonia in 2016 were done with cash, a survey by the European Central Bank suggested.

Polish shipbuilder accused of bribing Port of Tallinn management

A senior executive of Remontowa Shipbuilding, a Polish shipbuilding company, is facing accusations of handing large bribes to former senior figures Port of Tallinn, the Estonian state-owned port operator.

Estonian town tempts population to reregister with spa in Latvia and 100 euro payment

The town of Keila, located 25 kilometres away from Tallinn, has started a one-and-a-half month campaign to motivate its residents to register back in the town as many of them have registered in the Estonian capital, which grants free public transport to its population.

Estonia’s ruling Centre Party shows door to 31 competing members

The leadership of Estonia's Center Party has accepted the proposals of the party's local branches on fellow members, who ran in the Estonian municipal elections this autumn from a separate list, and expelled 31 members from the political party.

Estonia to pour into Finnish-Estonian cultural fund 700 000 euros

Estonian cabinet of ministers has decided to attribute 700,000 euros to the Finno-Estonian Cultural Fund, an organisation working since 2015 aimed at fostering cooperation between the two states in culture, creative economy and training both for individuals and organizations.

Kaljulaid sees African opportunities to outplace EU in digitalisation

During a visit to Ethiopia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has discussed African-EU relations with the African Commissioner for Trade and Industry and recommended investing into digital development that would be beneficial for the continent itself.

Estonian railways operator happy about increasing freight volume

Freight carried on the infrastructure of the Estonian state railway company Estonian Railways in October amounted to one million tons, which is a 10.4% hike compared to October 2016.

Tallinn pushes to pay corruption-accused Savisaar 15 000 euros

It has been proposed in the Tallinn City Council to pay to Edgar Savisaar, who has been deposed from the office of the Mayor on suspicion of large-scale corruption, a severance pay equalling three monthly salaries in the amount of 15,865.20 euros.

Booming alcohol stores on Latvian-Estonian border to expand

Facing large interest from Estonian customers, alcohol stores located at the Latvian side of the defunct Ainaži-Ikla border crossing rush to expand their premises.

Estonia detains suspected Russian spy, Embassy – perplexed

The top Russian diplomat in Estonia has expressed perplexity of suspicion by Estonian authorities that a Russian citizen detained in the Narva border crossing could be an agents of the Russian Federal Security Service.

Business without tax returns – goal to Estonian tax collector

Submitting tax returns to the tax collector i san integral part of doing business, isn’t it? The Estonian Tax and Customs Board thinks otherwise and has voiced its long-term goal of giving up tax returns in favour of data-based information exchange.

Ratas invites tech entrepreneurs to test self-driving cars in Estonia

Addressing the Web Summit tech forum in Portugal, Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas presented his country to businesspeople, companies and venture capitalists as a place ready to welcome innovative Technologies and test them.

Estonia's foreign trade decreased in Q3

Estonian exports in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the respective period last year increased by four percent and imports by six percent on year during the third quarter; however, overall trade was less active if aligned with the first two quarters of 2017, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Talks on collective agreement with Luminor launched in Estonia

Collective agreement talks with new Luminor Bank, which has been established as a result of merged o Baltic operations of Nordea and DNB, have been launched, where the bank’s workers are represented by the Union of Estonian Financial Sector Employees.

First 30 000 ton timber cargo sent from Estonia to China

From Estonia’s largest cargo port, the Muuga Harbour, the first cargo ship carrying 30 000 tons of timber owned by Estonian wood exporter Westwood Group departed for the port of Lanshan, China.

Active air traffic to Estonian Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands

To the larger Estonian Baltic Sea islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa a total of 106 passenger flights have been operated in October.

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