Estonian MFA NEWS December 2019

NEWS MFA ·         Government adopts the principles of Estonia’s UN Security Council membership

·         Estonia joins the statement of the Friends of Georgia Group

·         British PM Boris Johnson met with PM Ratas and served Christmas lunch to British troops stationed in Estonia on 21 December

·         President – 6-7 Bavaria, Germany

·         Prime Minister – 17 Stockholm/ 21-23 Davos/ 31 Brussels

·         Foreign Minister – 9 New York/ 15-17 New Delhi/ 20 Brussels


·         Estonian brewer wins gold and silver medals from an international beer competition

·         Balticconnector gas pipeline between Estonia and Finland opened

·         Eesti Pank forecasts that the economy will start to lose momentum after running at full power

·         Estonian Garage48 holds an Empowering Women hackathon in Kabul

·         Taxes from international students and graduates in work exceed €10 million

·         AirBaltic announces four new direct routes from Tallinn

CULTURE ·         Estonian film streaming website launched

·         ‘Truth and Justice’ wins International Press Academy Film Award and shortlisted for best international feature Oscar

·         Estonian video game ‘Disco Elysium’ scoops up four wins at Game Awards in LA, declared one of the best games of the decade by TIME Magazine

·         Estonian Maritime Museum surprises visitors with 700 years old ship wreck

·         Reconstruction project of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow among the winners of Estonian Architecture Awards

·         Konrad Mägi art exhibition open in Turin, Italy until 8th of March 2020. The exhibition will thereafter reopen in Espoo, Finland in fall 2021

·         Salary agreement: wage fund for people working in the cultural field will increase by 2.5%

OTHER ·         PISA study: Estonian pupils are the best in Europe, BBC: Why Estonian pupils shine in global tests

·         You can buy a Christmas tree online from the state forest

·         Lumebot snow-robots started to clean snow in Tallinn

·         sTARTUp Day, the biggest business festival in the Baltics taking place for the fourth time in January 2020 in Tartu, tickets available

·         The next European Sauna Marathon takes place in February 2020 in Otepää

·         Estonia to host the European final of the Bocuse d’Or gastronomic competition