Over 46 000 saw matches of UEFA U-19 finals in Estonia

The 11th Football European Under-19 Championship finals held in Estonia from 3-15 July were extremely popular with the public, attracting 46 412 spectators or on average 3 094 spectators per match, organisers said. The 15 matches of the finals were played in the capital Tallinn and in the regional capitals Rakvere and Haapsalu.

Compared with the spectator numbers of the earlier UEFA U-19 championship finals, Estonia beat Finland, which had 29 700 spectators, Norway with 28 091, Switzerland with 43 170, the Czech Republic with 45 484, Northern Ireland with 19 464, Romania with 22 000, and Liechtenstein with 20 510 spectators, the Estonian Football Association told BNS.

The director of the competition, Anne Rei, said she had received personal thanks from all teams along with expressions of satisfaction with the quality of the pitches, hotels, organisation of transport, level of volunteers, and the number of spectators.

The tournament ended with Spain defending their title, which resulted in a 1-0 (0-0) victory over Greece at Tallinn’s Lilleküla stadium on Sunday night. It took Spain 80 minutes to break down Greece but their victory in Estonia was their sixth in just 11 editions of the competition. The late goal to make Spain champions again was scored by Jese Rodriguez.

Spain was also victorious 2-1 when the two sides met previously in group A of the Tallinn tournament.

Source: Estonian Review


Estonians export vodka to China

The Tallinn-based alcoholic beverages maker AS Liviko dispatched the first five sea containers full of vodka of the Viru Valge brand to China on July 19, 2012. The CEO of Liviko, Janek Kalvi, told BNS that previously the company has sent samples to the Chinese market and carried out market research and analysis. “What we’re doing today is the first serious shipment and the start of export,” he said.

The first batch consists of bottles of 0.7 liters, 0.5 liters and 0.2 liters and is meant for sale in five different regions: Xiamen, Wuhan, Ningbo, Tianjin and Chongqing.

In a press release, Kalvi said Liviko had been preparing the sale of Viru Valge, one of its best-known brands, on the Chinese market for two years. The very first container of Viru Valge for China was shipped in March.

During 2011 Liviko exported 4.2 million liters of alcoholic beverages, which made up 31% of its total output. The main export markets for Liviko so far are Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, the United States and Japan.

Source: Estonian Review

Traffic in Estonian airspace grew by tenth

The national air traffic services company Lennuliiklusteeninduse AS (Estonian Air Navigation Services) served 94 709 flights in the airspace of Estonia during the first six months of this year, 9% more than in the same period a year ago.

More than two-thirds of the flights taking place in the Estonian airspace are overflights. The number of flights that passed through the Estonian airspace was 67 514, the number of inbound and outbound flights was 22 848, and flights within Estonia numbered 4 347. In comparison with the first six months of 2011, the number of inbound and outbound flights increased the most, or by 40.5%. The number of flights within the country grew 14.2% and that of overflights one percent.

The biggest number of flights in any separate month during the first half-year took place in June, 18 452, and the smallest number, 13 234, in February. In the first six months of 2011 the company served 86 890 flights and during the whole year it served 182 979 flights. During 2010 it served 160 723 flights.

The density of air traffic in the Estonian airspace has been growing constantly since the country re-established its independence, with the only setback happening in 2009 when 156 518 flights were served, 11.3% fewer than in 2008.

The number of flights served in 1993 was 35 902 and in 2000, 81 252. Flights served last year mark a 410% increase over 1993 and a 125% increase over 2000.

Source: Estonian Review