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Ilvess criticises Swiss for refraining from sanctions against Russia

Switzerland, which did not join most European countries, in issuing restrictive measures against Russia, has placed its own interests and banking sector ahead of European values, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has said.

Estonia's employee register helps uncover working jobless

As of July, it is mandatory for Estonian employers to register employees in an employees' register. It has helped the national Tax and Customs Board to uncover working people, who have registered as unemployed and receive unemployment benefits.

EC decision on airBaltic hopeful to Estonia

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs has welcomed European Commission's decision on Latvia's support to its airBaltic airline, as the Commission's investigation into the effects of state support on Estonian Air is ongoing.

Estonia manages to maintain flow of Russian tourists

Amid increased concern over the flow of Russian tourists to Baltic states, Estonian Foreign Ministry says its consular officials are not short of visa applications.

Lenny Kravitz to give a concert in Tallinn this autumn

On October 28th, American rock-star Lenny Kravitz will return to Tallinn ‘Saku’ arena with an all-new show.

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration touches hearts

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is a unique event that brings together a giant choir of 25 000 people every couple of years for a weekend in July. Almost 100 000 people enjoy the concerts and join in with most popular songs.

Sights to see: unusual aero attraction in Tallinn

After successful tests, Tallinn has opened a unique air attraction Balloon Tallinn – a giant helium-filled balloon equipped with a gondola that offers a great view on the Old City, Tallinn Centre, Kadriorg and the sea.

Estonian parliament embattled over parent pension bill

In Estonia's parliament, a bill on parent pensions has come under political crossfire.

Estonian islanders turn against building Europe's largest windmill park

Estonians living in Hiiumaa, the country's second largest island, are collecting signatures against the project of building a 700-megawatt offshore windmill park.

Close results in Estonian EP election

Compared to Latvia, where Unity received 46% of votes, Estonian parties reached closer results in their race for six posts of members of the European Parliament.

Complaining about combat stress – rare practice in Estonian military

If compared to British troops, the number of Estonian soldiers diagnosed with combat stress and other psychological problems is 5-10 times lower. The reason may, in part, be limited availability of counselling and the practice of solving problems without a specialist.

App for measuring timber wins Estonian startup contest

In Estonia, the annual competition for innovative companies Ajujaht has concluded with the prize of 50 000 euros being awarded to the timber measuring app Timber Diameter.

Latest trends in IT entrepreneurship to be reviewed in Estonia

This week in Estonia, there will be held an international IT conference on digitalised business models presenting IT best practices from various fields - agriculture, clothing industry, logistics, retail and creative industries.

Estonian expert: capability to fight Russia's soft power must be improved

If a military invasion would take place, NATO would come to help, but Estonia must have the ability to counter the soft power of Russia, an Estonian security expert has said.

New real estate bubble rising in Tallinn

In March, the number of real estate deals in Tallinn rose by 28 percent and the average price per square meter exceeded 1,400 euros for the first time since 2008. Experts evaluate that the rise in sales of flats, land and houses alike occurred because of fear of prices continuing to soar.

Second attempt to oust pro-Kremlin Mayor of Tallinn fails in one week

In Tallinn City Council, the latest motion to hold a no-confidence vote against Mayor Edgar Savisaar has been rejected. Savisaar has been among few Estonian politicians to describe events in Ukraine from a Kremlin perspective.

Estonia continues to fund improving of rural family homes

By allocating European Union funds, Estonia continues in 2014 its home infrastructure improvement programme for families living in sparsely populated areas. The money can be used for building water lines, renovating electrical systems, laying sewer pipes and building driveways.