Tallinn Old Town Days program May 31- June 4, 2017

This year’s Old Town Days’ leading principle is „Young Old Town.“

The year 2017 has been named The Year of Children’s and Youth Culture by the Estonian Ministry of Culture. Based on that conception we would like to put the focus on young, cheerful, forward-looking, innovative and fresh mind and will try to create the most exciting, interesting and entertaining program for the whole period of five days.

Slogans of each day:

31st of May – opening day
1st of June – If all the power in the world would be given in the hands of children…
2nd of June – Take some time to look around
3rd of June – What’s the colour of love
4th of June – At the end of one path another one begins…

„Versatility“ will be the keyword for the program of Tallinn Old Town Days. There will be different musicians performing folklore, jazz and pop music on several stages, many theatrical performances, handicraft and art fairs taking place, complete program of exhibitions, tours and art projects  from museums and lots of joyous people taking part of the festival.

The program is available at www.vanalinnapaevad.ee.

Record amount of fish and crayfish sold last year

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, aquaculture enterprises sold 868 tonnes of commercial fish and crayfish, with a total value of 3.7 million euros. The volume of aquaculture production sold in 2016 was among the highest in 20 years.

While in 2014, a record amount (869 tonnes) of commercial fish and crayfish was sold, the volume of production sold in 2016 was only 0.1% smaller. The main increase in the fish and crayfish production has occurred in the past five years: compared to 2012, the volume of aquaculture production sold has increased 1.5 times.
In Estonia, rainbow trout accounts for the biggest share in the aquaculture production sold and the share has increased year by year. While in 2015, the share of rainbow trout in the total fish and crayfish production was 70%, in 2016 it was 78%. In 2016, the amount of rainbow trout sold was 680 tonnes, with a total value of 2.6 million euros – this is also the highest quantity sold in 20 years.

The monetary value of the European crayfish production increased nearly 1.2 times compared to 2015. In 2016, the European crayfish was sold in the amount of 0.7 tonnes, which is 1.1 times more than in 2015.

In addition to the rainbow trout and the European crayfish, other fish species are farmed and sold (perch, the Arctic char, the European eel, the African sharptooth catfish, common carp, silver carp, wels catfish, sturgeons (the Siberian and Russian sturgeons) and grass carp).

The amount of fish roe for consumption sold in 2016 totalled 4.9 tonnes, which is approximately 1.5 times less than in 2015. Also the monetary value of production decreased 1.5 times. In 2016, the value of fish roe for consumption sold totalled 127,800 euros, while in 2015, it was 197,000 euros.

In 2016, of the total production of commercial fish and crayfish, 9% was exported – 2 percentage points more than in 2015. Mainly the European eel and to a lesser extent sturgeons, perch, rainbow trout and the European crayfish were exported.

Statistics Estonia collects aquaculture data by surveying all enterprises with the principal or secondary activity of aquaculture. The frame of the surveyed enterprises has been compiled based on the register of enterprises recognised by the Estonian Fish Farmers Association and the Veterinary and Food Board, and on the data of the Statistical Profile. For the statistical activity “Aquaculture”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Rural Affairs, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

Source: Statistics Estonia

The average income per employee was 1,073 euros

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, the average monthly gross income per employee was 1,073 euros. The growth of gross income continued at the same rate as in previous years (6%), however, the number of people receiving income started to decrease for the first time since the years of the economic crisis.

In counties, the average monthly gross income per employee was mainly in the range 900–1,200 euros. It exceeded 1,000 euros in Harju, Tartu, Hiiu and Rapla county; only in Ida-Viru county, the monthly gross income was below 900 euros.

The average monthly gross income varied greatly among local government units. There was a two-fold difference between the local government unit with the highest and the lowest gross monthly income. The highest monthly gross income per employee was earned in the rural municipalities of Harju county, led by Viimsi rural municipality (1,505 euros). At the other end were the Tartu county rural municipalities of Piirissaare and Peipsiääre and the city of Kallaste, where the gross income was below 800 euros per month.Average monthly gross income per employee, 2016

The number of persons receiving gross income was slightly below 520,000, and it decreased by almost 350 persons compared to 2015. The main reason behind the decline in the number of income recipients is the fact that the number of young people (aged under 25) has continuously decreased in recent years. Before the financial crisis, the number of young income recipients was close to 64,000; in 2016, it was 34,000. Also in the age group 50–62, the number of income recipients decreased by 700 persons. The number of income recipients grew among the population aged 25–49 and 63 and over, but less than in the previous years.

Gross income recipients, 2003–2016

The number of income recipients decreased in most counties, with the exception of a small increase in Harju, Tartu and Saare counties. The decrease in the number of young employees was also prevalent in counties, especially in Ida-Viru and Järva counties, where the number of income recipients under 25 years of age fell by 10% compared to 2015.

Over a half (53%) of income recipients were women and their average monthly gross income was 948 euros. The average monthly gross income of men was 1,214 euros. As the dataset does not enable distinguishing between full-time and part-time employees and analysing by economic activities, the reasons for the difference in men’s and women’s monthly gross wages do not appear from the data.

The analysis is based on the data of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board as at 26 April 2017. The average monthly gross income per employee is calculated by dividing the average monthly sum of payments with the average number of persons receiving payments. In Estonia, the main representative of public interest for the survey is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.