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.


Tickets are sold here – http://www.piletilevi.ee/eng/tickets/festival/ollesummer/ollesummer-2014-31718/

Program is here – http://www.ollesummer.ee/eng/program

Festival homepage

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.

Program – http://2014.laulupidu.ee/en/

Tickets are quickly sold out, so check out here – http://www.piletilevi.ee/eng/tickets/teater/muu/xxvi-laulu-ja-xix-tantsupidu-aja-puudutus-puudutuse-aeg-32425/

Pictures- http://2014.laulupidu.ee/en/gallery/


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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

National audit urges more home-based eldercare

Following an audit and survey conducted regarding the country’s municipal nursing homes, the National Audit Office has expressed concern that there is no national level legislation on provision of nursing home services in Estonia, where the elderly have increased in number even against declining overall population.

The audit of the Estonian eldercare system found that the number of elderly receiving nursing home services has grown about 80 percent in the last 10 years, while the number of those receiving such services at home has increased by only 10 percent, the agency said today.

“Significantly more attention should be devoted to services that allow the elderly to continue living at home longer,” it said in a statement. “Not only is this the psychologically preferable option, it is also many times less costly than providing care in nursing homes.”

Local governments have spent about 40 million euros a year on eldercare in recent years, most of it as funding for nursing-home-based eldercare. Many new nursing homes have been opened and the number of elderly in them has grown rapidly. Local government nursing homes have around 4,500 open spots, and private nursing homes offer approximately 1,900 spots. In 2012, there were a total of about 350 open spots at local governments’ nursing homes.

“Most of the local government nursing homes are full, however. If a need arises, there may not necessarily be a spot at a family’s preferred nursing home or one that is close to their home,” the office said.

Living conditions in nursing homes can be considered generally good, the office said, although many nursing homes did not manage to comply with all health code requirements. The National Audit Office found that none of the shortcomings constituted a major obstacle to the organization of care. “Nevertheless, they do undoubtedly affect people’s privacy, comfort and programmes for keeping the elderly active.”

The National Audit Office said it found a number of problems related to funding of services. It said there should be more uniformity in the amount of taxpayer support for the cost of nursing home spots, and that the financial situation of requesting families must be examined more closely; the audited local governments did so in only 14 percent of cases approved for benefits.

Instead of negotiating terms with individual cities and municipalities, there should be national-level requirements.

“The office [...] finds unsatisfactory a situation where there is a lack of a state-level agreement on important social services as well as no absolute minimum level of quality that must be provided. The legal framework laid down by the state is not sufficient, as there are a lack of requirements on content of service, service provider, provision process and the persons eligible to receive the service.”

ERR via Estonian Review

Free museum entrance on May 17

On Saturday May 17, Estonia celebrates again the all-European Night of Museums when several museums are open to the public at night and free of charge. In Estonia, “Stars in the Night” has been chosen as this year’s theme.

There will be more than 130 museums participating in the Night of Museums programme – but this year also brings a number of new additions to the list. There are churches, archives, exhibition galleries and even the whole village of Ääsmäe involved in offering a special Museum Night programme. For the first time during the Night of Museums, also Tallinn Botanical Gardens will be opening their doors.

As always, there are several new museums to the programme. One of these is the Estonian Firefighting Museum in Tallinn, Raua St 2, which will open its 11 storey tower for the general public for the first time. The evening will include special tours and storytelling about the remarkable fire station building, where the museum is housed. The programme will be in Estonian, but the panoramic view from the top of the tower will translate into any language.

There are interesting events across all the museums, but among some of the more intriguing is the propaganda-themed programme “Red Stars in the Night” at the Estonian History Museum’s Maarjamäe palace. Visitors will be invited to look into how propaganda and information wars were waged 90 years ago. There will also be a special workshop where participants get to make their own propaganda leaflet. The programme is in Estonian, but the all exhibitions are English-speaker friendly.

That same evening, the biggest celebration of European museums – the European Museum of the Year Award Ceremony – will also be held in Estonia, in Tallinn, at the Estonian Art Museum. One of the nominees for the title this year comes also from Estonia – it’s the Estonian Maritime Museum’s Seaplane Harbour – there will be a lot of excitement in the air.

The Night of Museums is organised by Estonian museums and the Estonian Museum Association with ICOM Estonia. For more info, see www.muuseumioo.ee  and https://www.facebook.com/Muuseumioo.


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3.7 million museum visits in 2013

According to Statistics Estonia, there were nearly 3.7 million museum visits in 2013, which is 22% more than the year before.

The attendance of museums grew by more than 650,000 visits compared to 2012. The last time that museum attendance grew that much was in 2011 when the increase was 23% compared to the year before.

Museums are becoming more and more popular in Estonia. In 2012 there were 23 museum visits per 10 inhabitants, whereas in 2013 there were already 28 museum visits per 10 inhabitants. About 35% of the museum visits in Estonia were made by foreign tourists. Local inhabitants made nearly 2.4 million museum visits in 2013, which is almost 2 visits per inhabitant. According to Egmus.eu, the level of museum visits compared to population size in Estonia is the highest in Europe.

There were 1,720 employees in Estonian museums, which is the highest number known in history. Compared to 2012, the number of museum employees increased by 35. Many museums are run by volunteers. In 2013 there were 485 volunteers involved in museum activities.

There were 250 museums in Estonia in 2013. The income of museums was nearly 46 million euros and the increase compared to 2012 was 3.4 million euros. The expenses of museums were 34 million euros, which is 1.2 million euros less than in 2012. The museums invested 16.6 million euros – this is 5.2 million euros more than the year before.

Source: Statistics Estonia

The decrease in the population number has slowed down

According to the revised data of Statistics Estonia, 1,315,819 persons lived in Estonia on 1 January 2014. In 2013 the population declined by 4,355 persons (0.3%). Increased immigration has reduced the impact of emigration on population decline. However,
the falling number of births means that natural increase has a bigger role in population decline.

The population decreased by 2,614 persons due to external migration and by 1,741 persons due to negative natural increase.

Natural increase in 2013 was –1,740 (13,575 persons were born and 15,316 persons died).

Net migration was also negative at –2,614 (there were 4,110 immigrants and 6,724 emigrants).

Natural increase has a growing impact on processes related to population decline. The number of births has fallen rapidly in the last three years. In 2013, there were over 2,000 births less than in 2010. The number of deaths decreased over the last decade, resulting in higher life expectancy. However, in the last three years, the number of deaths has stabilised. This means that natural increase in Estonia is negative mainly due to the decreasing number of births.

In 2013, emigration remained at the same level as in the two previous years, but there was a slight increase in immigration. The increase in immigration was expected, as emigration started to grow rapidly 2–3 years ago – these processes follow each other with an interval of a few years. As a result, the decrease in the population number due to external migration was lower by 1,000 compared to 2012.

Harju county was the only county where population increased (by more than 4,100) – the increase occurred in Tallinn city, as without Tallinn there was still a slight decline in population in Harju county. The decline was the biggest in Ida-Viru and Järva counties – these counties lost more than 1.5% of the population due to negative natural increase and migration. The percentage of population loss was smaller in Saare, Hiiu, Tartu and Põlva counties. If we consider Tartu county without Tartu city, there was a slight increase in population in that county.

Natural increase and net migration, 2004–2013

Diagram: Natural increase and net migration, 2004–2013

The estimated population number is based on the 2011 Population and Housing Census and estimated under-coverage, and has been adjusted based on births, deaths and migration registered in the following years.

Source: Statistics Estonia

10 most photographed spots in Estonia

Using crowdsourcing, the Estonian-founded Sightsmap.com lists the most photographed places in any country of the world. Based on the number of Panoramio photos taken at each place in the world and Foursquare check-ins, it estimates the sightseeing popularity of each spot. These are the top 10 most photographed places in Estonia, according to Sightsmap ..

Tallinn-panorama-by-Markko-Lepik1. Tallinn Toompea viewing platforms


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Census results in statistics map application

Statistics Estonia launched an Internet-based map application, which enables to create thematic maps and perform spatial queries based on the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC).

The statistics map application is for all those interested in geo-referenced statistics. The map application enables users to create thematic maps for editing and printing, to download the tables and map data of thematic maps, and to display charts of statistical data regarding different areas in Estonia. Using the ID-card or mobile-ID for authentication will make a number of additional tools available. For example, authenticated users can perform spatial queries about new user areas or units and save thematic maps on their account to be viewed or edited later.

The aim of the statistics map application is to give a better overview of the available geo-referenced statistical data of Statistics Estonia and to promote the use and dissemination of maps and map data. At the moment, the map application mostly contains the data of the PHC, but the geo-referenced statistical data regarding the environment, economy, social life and agricultural census will also be available in the future. The application is both in Estonian and English.

View the statistics map application at http://kaart.stat.ee

Statistics map application screenshot


Source: Statistics Estonia


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