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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.

KFES grupp foto Joulud 8dets2018

On Saturday afternoon, December 8, 2018, about 55 members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts - KFES) gathered at the beautiful home of Kaie Põhi Latterner in North Redington Beach (FL) to celebrate a traditional Estonian Christmas.

There were many in Moscow and throughout what had been the Soviet Union who supported the aspirations of the coup plotters even if they did not take action at the time. Might they have coalesced under some other leader, even Gorbachev himself, to ensure the survival of the empire?

Paul A. Goble Remarks Prepared for Baltic Centennial in Boston November 24, 2018


On this, the centenary of the establishment of the modern incarnations of the states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, it is important to pause and remember how this happened, why it is threatened, and also why, on the basis of the answers to the first two questions, it will win out in the end. 

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“Estonians in America, 1945-1995: Exiles in a Land of Promise,” published by the Estonian American National Council, is now available from It can no longer be ordered directly from EANC.


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