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Local store staff at the Kuressaare department store wore national costumes on February 24.

 

Independence Day, February 24 2021, Estonia's 103rd birthday, has been and gone, and ERR had  extensive coverage of the events and how the big day was marked in different locations.


The eastern town of Narva, due to its location, sees dawn arrive a little under 15 minutes earlier than does the capital, meaning the town had the first flag-raising ceremony, at 7.18 a.m.

Estonia will no longer lobby the U.S. to get a share of any potential fine imposed on Danske Bank A/S in connection with an ongoing money laundering investigation, writes Aaron Eglitis of Reuters on February 16, 2021.


After taking office last month, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas immediately said that her government plans to end a previous arrangement whereby U.S. lawyers were hired to help the Baltic country.

Boat Refugees Remembered on Anniversary of the Republic


For the first time ever, people who fled Estonia in 1944 were commemorated on the nation's Independence Day.

Only two weeks to go until the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) hosts its first virtual Baltic Advocacy Days, with support from the Estonian American National Council (EANC), the American Latvian Association, the Lithuanian American Coun-cil, and the Lithuanian American Community.

 

The event will take place March 8-12 and registration is still open at baltivist.com/advocacy-day-2021-sign-up


EANC invites Estonian Americans and friends to take part in this grassroots advocacy event. 

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Flag waving in front of San Francisco City Hall on February 24, 2020. Photo by Carolyn van Spyk

 

The Consulate General of Estonia in San Francisco has arranged with the City of San Francisco for the Estonian flag to fly from San Francisco City Hall on February 24 again this year, in honor of the anniversary of Estonian independence.

The National Archives of Estonia is conducting a competition, the aim of which is to promote the collection and preservation of the cultural heritage of Estonians abroad.


It includes both oral and material heritage, including folklore, life stories and memories, musical traditions, documents, photographs, publications, works of art, etc.

This year's state celebration of the anniversary of Estonian independence takes place on February 24, in Paide.

 

Although some traditional events will not take place due to the pandemic, President Kaljulaid's address and the anniversary concert will be broadcast on ETV and available to stream worldwide.


This year's independence day events on February 24 will see a NATO flyby in lieu of the traditional parade.

The opposition Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) announced on Thursday that when the new government coalition puts the border treaty between Estonia and Russia before the parliament for ratification, EKRE will prevent its ratification by all legitimate means.

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