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Tallinn’s first speakeasy

Tallinn’s first speakeasy

TALLINN — Tallinn is so short of live music venues it’s almost a crime. So I went to Chicago 1933, and for live blues it stands head and shoulders above the rest. I was so sick of hearing about the place from friends, I thought I’d pop down and find out what all the fuss […]

Estonian cricket is alive and well

Estonian cricket is alive and well

TALLINN — It’s a very little known fact that Estonia not only has a national cricket team but also is an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council. The Estonian Cricket Association is only approaching its 10th anniversary, but has come a long way since an Estonian businessman fell in love with the game in […]

Vertigo reaches heady heights

Vertigo reaches heady heights

TALLINN — Vertigo, one of the most chic eateries in Tallinn is lending its support to local art and attracting new clients with lower prices. The restaurant run by Estonian food icon Imre Kose is weathering the credit crunch quite well. He has now added art exhibitions to the walls to complement a realistic pricing […]

That bunch of bankers are at it again!

That bunch of bankers are at it again!

It’s over a year now since the world faced up to the biggest economic crisis in seventy years. There is a consensus between government, business and even the banking industry itself, that the depth and scale of the crisis had been exacerbated by irresponsible banking practices. So what’s news about that? We all know that […]

Estonia’s finance ministry projects 2011 recovery

Estonia’s finance ministry projects 2011 recovery

TALLINN — Estonia’s Ministry of Finance is projecting that the country’s economy will start growing again in 2011 as its primary European export markets recover from the global downturn. Estonia’s gross domestic product shrank 15.8 percent for the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2008. The ministry predicts that the […]

Tallinna Kaubamaja profits shock market

Tallinna Kaubamaja profits shock market

TALLINN — Tallinna Kaubamaja Group (TKG), one of the biggest retail companies in Estonia has stunned the stock market by returning to profit in the second quarter of this year. The corporation, viewed as a significant barometer of consumer sentiment and state of the Estonia’s national economy in general, returned to profitability it reported in […]

Estonian Air expanding routes despite less passengers

Estonian Air expanding routes despite less passengers

TALLINN — Estonia’s troubled national airline Estonian Air has announced an expansion of its flight volumes and destinations despite a steep decline in passengers. The carrier has implemented a recovery plan in the wake of its disastrous results from the 2008 fiscal year, when losses trebled to 170.5 million krooni (€10.9 million). “In spite of […]

Estonian public saving more despite interest rate trends

Estonian public saving more despite interest rate trends

TALLINN — Estonian household savings rose by 152 million krooni (€9.72 million) in July, according to the Bank of Estonia, despite interest rates that discourage saving. Siret Vildo, a Bank of Estonia’s financial sector policy division specialist wrote in a press release that the growth in household savings more than offset a fall in corporate […]

Now that’s a refreshing change

Now that’s a refreshing change

Last week I was sitting in one of Tallinn’s most popular expat bars and something extraordinary happened. Our group, which included some Dutch and Spanish friends of mine, were drinking and chatting in our little corner when we were interrupted. A girl came up to us and asked “Could I get you anything else?” with […]

Two more Estonians killed in Afghanistan

Two more Estonians killed in Afghanistan

TALLINN — On Aug. 23 the Estonian government confirmed the deaths of Master Sergeant Eerik Salmus and Sergeant Raivis Kang whilst on active duty in Afghanistan. The soldiers, both 26 years old, were attacked and killed in the notorious Helmand Province region while operating as part of a mine clearing team. Estonia has a contingent […]

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