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This year, 212 year-old Kalev kondiitri/tööstus/ettevõtte (confectionary company's) advendi/ kalender, seen here, and in fact its entire Christmas collection for kids, uses funny word play. Photo:


Tere you know, tali is the same thing as talv – winter. But put together, they form a word pair used (mostly verbally) to express dissatisfaction or an unpleasant surprise similarly to: "Imagine that!" or "Hello!" (As in: you've got to be kidding).

Concert of Estonian Music: “Voices Over Tallinn – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence” (1918-2018) on Friday, November 30 at 8:00pm.

ERR news is hosting a live link to a pre-election English-language debate featuring leading candidates from the major political parties in Estonia.

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When the temperature is around null (zero, the freezing mark, 32°F), this sign above Sõle tänav in Põhja-Tallinn lights up. Photographed through an icy tuule/klaas (windshield) while waiting punase tule taga (at a red light), it was mounted this past fall above the valgus/foorid (traffic lights) and jala/käijate üle/käigu/rada (pedestrian crosswalk) where crowds of kids cross to and from Pelgu- /linna Gümnaasium (High School).

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New Honorary Consul in San Diego Michael Chan (fourth from left) with a group of Estonians. From L to R: Susie-Ann Viirg, Mehis Põld, Aavo Reinfeldt (President of the Estonian World Council), Michael Chan, Jüri Koll (EANC), Kairi Künka (Estonian Consul General), Andrus Viirg (Director of Enterprise Estonia USA), Renee Meriste (EANC). Photo by Renee Meriste


At a formal ceremony also attended by Estonian Ambassador to the US Jonatan Vseviov and Consul General Kairi Künka, Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rainer Saks opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in San Diego on January 24. 

That is all the more so given the increasing apolitical quality of the young, who see their futures not in their own country but in a broader world and whose loyalties may be to where they are employed rather than to where they are born. That is not true of the majority, but it is a problem for the ever-greater number of young Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians who are moving abroad.

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The 116th Congress has been in session since January and EANC has already held meetings with contacts in the House and Senate to discuss the Baltic caucuses in each chamber and legislative plans for the new session. 

‘Lõimeleer’ is a summer camp designed for Estonian youngsters who live abroad. It gives them the opportunity to mix with kids their own age who live in Estonia, to learn traditional handicrafts (woodwork, jewellery and textiles), to play games involving musical instruments, singing and dancing, to find out how horses are used and controlled and other quintessentially traditional Estonian skills.


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