100th birthday in Estonia

Come and celebrate our birthday in Estonia. We have a lot of events, activities, great dining places, unique clean environment and so much more to offer You!
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Celebrate around the globe

A unique Estonia 100 and EU Presidency international programme will reach more than 30 countries in 2017 and 2018. Take a look at the programme which combines the best parts of Estonian culture, science, IT and enterprises.
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Estonian Presidency of the Council of EU

In the second half of 2017, Estonia is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time.
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Exhibition: Kihnu – The Isle of Women

Exhibition: Kihnu – The Isle of Women

Kihnu, an Estonian island in the Gulf of Riga, situated an hour’s ferry ride away from the coast, has thanks to its women retained a culture that has cemented its position as part of UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage since 2003. This unique European and Baltic culture is thus now officially acknowledged and protected. Whereas Kihnu’s men – for the most part sailors and fishermen – brought innovation and novelty to the island, the women, that we could qualify as ‘cultural guardians’, where more conservative and tended to the affairs of the island.

And so, despite the influence of the dominant powers (Danish, Swedish, German, Russian), the islanders have managed to preserve their traditions to this day. Theirs is a culture that expresses itself every day through clothes, dialect and celebrations, through music, songs and religion, in a form of syncretism that brings together local traditions and beliefs.

Today, if this culture is under threat, it would certainly be due to the globalisation of standards and the ageing of its population.

Jérémie Jung is a French photographer who lives in Paris and works for the French and international press.

His personal work focuses on Estonia and in particular on the question of the resilience of traditional cultures. His photos about the island of Kihnu as well the Setos, an ethnic and linguistic minority of South-Eastern Estonia, have been exposed in France at Rencontres d’Arles – 2014, “Photo de Mer” Vannes – 2015, INALCO, Paris – 2015 and the Festival Les Boréales, Caen – 2016, but also at the Estonian National Museum (Tartu, 2015). This is the first time his works are shown in the UK.

In 2018, Estonia celebrates its 100th birthday

Estonia wishes to share its birthday with you in Estonia and abroad. The programme includes best parts of Estonian culture, IT, science and enterprises.

Celebrations will kick off in April 2017 to mark a century since Estonia’s administrative borders took their current form, will continue throughout 2018 and 2019, and come to a grand close on the 2nd February 2020 when the 100th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty will be honoured.

This is a celebration we can all take part in and it is up to us to make it memorable.

Estonia will be also holding the presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2017. Approximately 20 high-level meetings, visits, conferences and 200+ other presidency-related events will take place in Estonia during this period.