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Familiar brands and possibly a familiar sääsk (mosquito) seen at an Estonian supermarket stand featuring insect repellents (putuka-/tõrje/vahendid) with the message Peata pinin! – "Stop the buzz!" The noun pinin and verb pinisema are great onomatopoetic words ("Piiii" seems a slightly higher pitch than "buzzzzz", but is ultimately in the ear of the beholder and not subject to debate.)


Estonian team.


The largest and most important life sciences business convention, BIO 2018, was held in Boston on June 4-7, 2018 and Estonia was proudly represented by six companies at the world class exhibit. 

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This purjekas made by 4th grader Tuule, made of a muna/rest (egg carton) turned out to be very laevatatav (navigable). Perfect weather, including the right amount of light wind, not to mention the shipbuilder's name (tuul = wind, tuule = of the wind / the wind's), carried this laevuke eastward from Soela sadam (harbor) on Saaremaa island's north shore across the Triigi-Sõru parv/laeva (ferry) line's route connecting Saaremaa and Hiiumaa island last Sunday. With the help of a camera's zoom lens, we could make out her little sail for almost 3 hours and hope someone receives the message written on her puri (sail): "Ma soovin, et Eestil oleks igavesti jõudu." (I wish that Estonia remains strong forever.)


”TIME.” Painting by my grandson when he was 10 years old.


Basically our family milestones are dates of births, graduations, weddings, divorces, retirements and deaths - roughly in that order. Not too many to remember, at least not one’s own.

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Full panel: Panelists Karin Shuey, Peter Blumbergs, Karl Altau and Marcus Kolga discuss the diaspora's role in securing Baltic freedom. Photo credit: Jaak Treiman


The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) held its biennial conference this year at Stanford University from June 1st to June 3rd. The conference celebrated both the centennial of the Baltic nations’ independence and the 50th anniversary of AABS and highlighted achievements in Baltic studies over the last 100 years.

A recurring English language column in Vaba Eesti Sõna… the death nail of the Estonian language in the United States, or a palliative for its demise? 


Local kids taking part in the "Masters of Our Own Homes" kids' session (with exhibit project manager Keiu Telve) at the AABS conference. Estonian language coverage of the exhibit is on "Stanfordi ülikoolilinnakus avati suur Eesti-teemaline rändnäitus".

Photo sent by Linnea Bartling

Estonian startups last year attracted €270 million worth of investments, according to the national Startup Estonia database.


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