Births outstrip deaths in June

More people were born in June than died, the first such reversal since September 2013, although birth rates are higher and death rates lower during summer months.

Only 23 births more were recorded compared to the number of deaths, which was 1,201 in June.

A total of 13,831 births were recorded last year, 1,643 fewer than deaths. The last time more people were born than died in Estonia was in 2010, when the difference was 35. Before that one would have to go all the way back to 1990.

Robert, Oskar and Artjom were the most popular boys names, while Sofia, Liisa and Lisandra topped the list for girls.

Source: ERR News

Estonia 2nd in democracy index

Freedom House has released its latest index on development of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the fomer Soviet Union, in which Estonia places second of 29 countries after Slovenia.

Only 13 of the 29 countries are a “consolidated democracy,” six are in a transition stage and 10 have an authoritarian regimes, the organization said.

The index was based on events, political decisions, regulations and social trends in 2013.

The overall score for the 29 countries declined, but Estonia’s index stayed the same as last year.

For more on results, methodology and reasons for persisting in viewing Eurasia in terms of a seemingly outdated “post-Soviet” model, view the complete report.

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Source: ERR News

Poll: Majority of Estonians are against gay marriages

The proposed Cohabitation Act in parliament is opposed by 58 percent of Estonian inhabitants, a TNS Emor nationwide poll commissioned by ERR revealed.

Thirty-four percent of the 555 respondents were in favor and 8 percent replied “can’t say.”

The draft legislation stops short of permitting gay marriage but would, among other things, extend financial benefits to cohabiting partners of the same sex.

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Tallinn beer festival Õllesummer 9-12.07.2014

Yesterday, immediately after the finishing chords of the Song Festival, the works to put together the 21st beer festival Õllesummer started. The entire festival must be fully prepared by Wednesday at 5 p.m. The event is estimated to attract more than 50 thousand visitors during its four days.

This week more than 3000 workers will be involved with Õllesummer. Tens of trucks will deliver seven stages, tens and tens of sound and lighting systems, and furniture for cafes, bars and restaurants.

Traders will bring more than 300 refrigerators to the Song Festival grounds, which will keep cool more than one hundred thousand litres of drinks and more than 40 tonnes of food. At Õllesummer a total of 225 beer varieties from 20 states will be presented. A total of 72 places to eat will be erected on the festival grounds.

The organiser asks all patrons to reserve plenty of time and prefer public transport. Paid parking lots are open by the building of Estonian Exhbitions and near the Lasnamäe gate. Each day of the festival, there will be special buses of Õllesummer departing at 00.45 to the centre and at 1.30 to Mustamäe and Õismäe.

The police asks to follow temporary traffic signs and instructions of traffic organisers.

Õllesummer asks all visitors to not take with them video cameras and professional photo cameras (all cameras with a screwable scope). This was requested from the organiser by foreign artists.


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Estonian Song and Dance Celebration 2014 (video)

Estonian Song and Dance Festival celebration

Estonian Song and Dance Festival celebration

The celebration of the Estonian Song and Dance Festival takes place July 4-6, 2014 in Tallinn.

Song and dance celebrations are an old and very important tradition for Estonia and Estonians (the first song celebration took place in 1869 and the first dance celebration in 1934) and these celebrations are nowadays held every five years. In 2003 our tradition of song and dance celebrations was entered to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Lotte themepark too expensive

Parents have not been amused to learn that admission to Lottemaa, the Lotte theme park that is being developed in Tahkuranna near Pärnu, will cost EUR 15 for a child older than 3 years and EUR 18 for adults, writes Eesti Päevaleht.

This means that a family with two children would have to fork out EUR 66 plus catering and transport costs.

According to the marketing manager Jorgen Sumin, the admission price includes about 100 attractions.

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2013 was a fruitful year for Estonian film

According to Statistics Estonia, 40 full-length films were released in 2013. They included 10 of full-length feature films, 27 full-length documentaries, two full length animations and one other film.

In total, there were 235 films released in 2013 in Estonia, of which 40 were full-length films and 195 were short films, most of these have been broadcast on TV. In cinemas, 18 full-length films were screened, which included 9 full-length feature films, 7 full-length documentaries, 1 full-length animated cartoon and one other full-length film, which cannot be classified as any of the previous ones. Although slightly fewer films were released in 2013 than in 2012, when Estonian film celebrated its 100th anniversary, it has still been a productive year for Estonian film.

A total of 376 films were screened in Estonian cinemas, 50 of these were Estonian films. The attendance of Estonian cinemas was nearly 2.6 million visits, and it increased slightly compared to the year 2012.

Most popular Estonian films in 2013 were “Kertu” directed by Ilmar Raag (42,500 visits), the Estonian and Georgian co-production “Tangerines” („Mandariinid“) directed by Zaza Urushadze (nearly 33,000 vistis) and “Living Images” („Elavad pildid“) directed by Hardi Volmer (more than 25,000 visits). Among all films, the most popular ones were “Despicable Me 2” (nearly 97,000 vistis), “The Croods” (nearly 62,000 visits), and “Fast & Furious 6” (58,000 visits). All three were the production of the United States of America.

The average price of a cinema ticket was 4.6 euros and it increased slightly compared to the previous year.

Full-length film – a film of a duration of at least 60 minutes (52 minutes in the case of TV formats).

Estonian film production, 2009–2013

Diagram: Estonian film production, 2009–2013

Source: Statistics Estonia


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