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On the 24th of February, the Republic of Estonia became 95 years old. This is not much, only about a lifetime of a contemporary man or woman, but in such a long time almost anything could happen – peace and war, justice and injustice, joy and sorrow, happiness and pain. And Estonia’s journey has been just like that: from the ruins brought by the WW I Estonians decided to take their future in their own hands and create their own state, to take responsibility for their future. 


High-Level Session On 4-15 March At The United Nations  Every year the U.N. hosts a high-level meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, from 4-15 March, it was the 57th time the commission convened and with a great number of delegates from all over the world attended. The topic of this year’s session was elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. There were more than 100 side-events at the U.N. and more than 70 cabinet ministers attended from various states.


Preliminary Agenda:  Thursday, April 18, 2013  9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) Advocacy Day – visits to Congressional offices Friday, April 19, 2013  2:00 – 4:00 PM --- U.S. Administration Briefing. Potential panelists: Officials from State Department, White House, FBI  6:00 – 8:00 PM --- Reception at Embassy of Estonia  


I was recently asked to write an article about the role of the Honorary Consul, a position which I have had the privilege of occupying for just over 6 years now.  I thought I’d begin with my official duties and then go from there. My role as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia is such that I am the official representative of the Estonian government in Washington State. To many of you, that means that when you apply for an Estonian passport and it is issued, it comes to me and I then contact you for the official issuance and signature. While issuing passports has been a brisk business since the Consul General’s visit in October (we took almost 50 applications), there is much more to my responsibilities. 


ERR News - Estonian Air has disclosed a record-breaking net loss of 49.2 million euros for 2012. The previous biggest annual loss was 17.3 million euros in 2011, which in turn was six times greater than that of 2010. Revenue amounted to 91.5 million euros, and operational losses to 35.8 million euros, which do not include one-off costs for impairment on aircraft, according to a press release. The costs associated with the attempt to grow the airline and expand the route network amounted to approximately 26 million euros.


The Estonian American National Council is reaching out to ask: what does being an Estonian American mean to you? EANC’s website,, has a new discussion section titled “The Estonian American Experience.”  Anyone can post a comment to an existing discussion topic or start a new topic/discussion thread under the “Estonian American Experience” umbrella. If you received the March issue of the EANC Newsletter  in the mail, you may have read the first discussion topic: Do you need Estonian language to be Estonian?  It has already sparked some interesting discussion on the website.


ERR News - Statistics Estonia said that per capita average annual potato consumption is 98 kilograms. The figure includes figures for homes and restaurants as well as for both locals and tourists, said the agency in a statement. Consumption of the starchy tuber is slowly increasing in Estonia. In 2009, the average consumption was 84 kg per resident and increased to 95 in 2011. Potato consumption is around 272 g per day. The worldwide average in the first decade of the 21st century was about 33 kg of potatoes, reported the UN Food and Agriculture Organi-zation in 2009. In comparison, the average Estonian resident consumes close to 5 kilograms of rice annually.


So we all know the Estonian language has 4 special dotted letters (täpi/tähed), that lie obediently in wait at the very tail end of the alphabet (tähestik). More precisely, they are topped with diacritical marks or diacritics (diakriitiline märk ehk diakriitik). But do you know what order they are in? Logic might say that they should mirror the order of the same letters without diacritics; in other words perhaps Ä, Ö, Õ, Ü? NO. They way I finally managed to remember the order is to acknowledge the particular uniqueness of the letter Õ. It definitely deserves to be the first täpitäht in the parade.


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