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Rea Lest in November (2017)


Immerse yourself in 19th century Estonian folklore – feel the mud and cold, the fear and joy of the peasants living sideby-side with cows, werewolves and kratts, the farmers’ helpers, created out of old tools, hay, and animal bones, and brought to life by the devil himself. 


Gen. Einseln's funeral was held at St. John's Church in Tallinn on Friday, March 31, 2017. Photo:


The funeral of Gen. Aleksander Einseln, the first chief of the Estonian Defence Forces following the restoration of Estonia's independence in 1991, was held in Tallinn on March 31.

The Stanford University Libraries will be hosting the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University. The conference will celebrate two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of the founding of the AABS (the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies) and the 100th anniversary of independence for the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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From left: John P. Walters (Hudson Institute), Minister Linkevicius, Minister Mikser, Minister Rinkevics. Photo courtesy of the Joint Baltic American National Committee


All three Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs were in Washington recently for meetings with the Administration, Congress and think tanks. Estonian Minister Sven Mikser, along with colleagues Edgar Rinkēvičs from Latvia and Linas Linkevičius from Lithuania, held discussions with numerous officials on U.S.- Baltic relations and reaffirmed the Baltic nations’ strong partnerships with the U.S.

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Catkins (urvad) AND "cones" (käbid)?! Indeed. It's a LEPP, also known as an alder. Photo: Riina Kindlam


Pussy willows get all the attention in the spring. Cute and soft and perfect for putting in a vase. In Estonian, they're paju/tibud (willow chicks) or paju/kiisud (willow kitties). But what about that tree decked out in dangling catkins (urvad)? No, not the kask (birch) in the background, although they have urvad as well and the two species are related; they both belong to the birch family kaselised, which also includes the nut-bearing sarapuu (hazel). is seeking children up to 16 years of age to write submissions for the online portal's newlylaunched children's culture column.

UK’s flag-carrier airline British Airways commenced regular traffic between Tallinn and London, connecting Tallinn Airport with the UK capital’s Heathrow Airport.

kaljurandRevelations that Russian intelligence agents penetrated the computer systems of Yahoo three years ago is hardly news to someone like Marina Kaljurand, writes the San Francisco Chronicle.


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