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Estonia: This office brought a mini forest indoors
11 December 2015 - Indoor plants aren't just about gussying up a sterile cubicle. Numerous studies have shown that greenery is a potent way to boost workers' mood and productivity. In Talinn, Estonia, the architects at KAMP took this notion to heart in their transformation of a factory into the offices of Lenne, a children's clothing brand. (more)

Tartu Observatory in Estonia finds galaxies in filaments spaced like pearls on a necklace
23 November 2014 - On large scales, the universe is comprised of empty voids, punctuated by narrow, winding filaments of dark matter that guide the growth of galaxies and galaxy clusters. This cosmic web, which has taken decades to map, holds a repeating pattern on the order of hundreds of millions of light years. But when you zoom in, things were supposed to get messier. Now, Elmo Tempel and his student Maarja Bussov at Tartu Observatory in Estonia and their colleagues have found a small-scale pattern in cosmic structure. (more)

Small Estonia has big ideas
3 March 2014 - Estonia may be tiny but in tech terms it's a giant. It has a population of just 1.3 million, yet produces more start-ups per head than any other country in Europe. Right on the edge of Europe, halfway between Stockholm and St Petersburg, the tech-savvy country that launched Skype a decade ago continues to be a hotbed of entrepreneurs and innovation. Examples of tech companies to come out of Estonia include Fitsme, a virtual fitting room for online clothing retailers, now in 16 countries, and Creative Mobile -- a company creating free-to-play games for mobile platforms. (more)

Russia finally signs border treaty with Estonia
18 February 2014 - Eussia signed a border treaty on Tuesday with Estonia, the last Baltic country to formalize its land and sea boundaries with its giant neighbour. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met his Estonian counterpart Urmas Paet in Moscow to sign the deal. Lavrov emphasized issues between the countries but hailed the agreement as an 'important step, rather than a pure formality'. Paet noted that Lavrov would visit Estonia later this year, the first-ever by a Russian foreign minister. (more)

In November industrial production increased in most branches in Estonia
6 January 2014 - According to Statistics Estonia, in November 2013 the production of industrial enterprises increased by 2 per cent compared to November of the previous year. The production exceeded the volume of the previous year in most of the branches of industry. (more)

A first for Estonia: an elected black politician
26 October 2013 - When voters in the tiny country of Estonia, along the Baltic Sea, elected their local representatives on Sunday they made history in more than one way. Almost 13 per cent of voters -- and 35 per cent in Tallinn, the capital -- cast their vote online this time. That's more than ever before since the Baltic country pioneered e-voting -- and e-government in general, by 2004. But there was another breakthrough. In Tallinn, residents elected Abdul Turay, a black Briton, to sit on the city council, making him the first black person to hold an important political mandate in Estonia. Turay feels what he represents is European-ness, not blackness. He embodies the new Europe, an increasingly borderless continent. Andrei Hvostov, a well-known Estonian novelist, noted, 'It's a sign that Estonia is opening itself.' (more)

Tech powerhouse Estonia
17 October 2013 - Tech-savvy Estonia leads the world in local Internet speeds and is the first country to have a nationwide charging grid for electric cars. Estonia's current President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, learned to programme at the age of 13 and has promoted the country's information technology infrastructure for more than two decades. (more)

Estonia set to participate in the international 'PeaceBread' project in 2014
19 July 2013 - On 9 November 2014, the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; the PeaceBread Initiative seeks to demonstrate the connections between peace-keeping and the role of agriculture in people's well-being, said the Estonian Agricultural Ministry. Under the patronage of Ilse Aigner, the German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the PeaceBreade V association invited representatives of all the ten countries that were affected by the Berlin Wall as a symbol of the Cold War. Estonia declared its intent to participate in the project in early 2013. (more)

Estonia's capital gives residents a free ride
4 April 2013 - Estonia's capital, Tallinn, became the world's first to introduce free public transport for all of its residents. All that's required is a transit pass showing you're a registered Tallinner -- and the city's buses, streetcars, and trams are yours for free. The free-ride plan is the brainchild of Mayor Edgar Savisaar, who wants to reduce congestion and pollution while alleviating expenses for the city's poor. (more)

Estonia leads the electric vehicle revolution
8 March 2013 - Estonia has become the world's first country to embrace social innovation and operate a nationwide electric car-charging network. The network of charging points uses direct current to charge cars in less than 30 minutes, rather than the average of eight hours to recharge a car's battery using AC. There are about 650 electric cars in Estonia, a sparsely populated Baltic state with a population of just 1.3 million. It hopes the 165 social innovation 'fast chargers' will overcome the problem facing the take-up of electric cars worldwide and Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Minister of the Environment says, 'The fact that recharging is so easy is one of the main reasons more and more Estonians will decide in favour of electric cars in future. Our entire transport policy should be based on the notion that environmentally friendly travel is the cheapest and simplest option available.' (more)


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Estonia: One per cent of population practises Transcendental Meditation - National coherence creates economic stability
7 February 2010 - In the 1990s, more than one per cent of the population of Estonia learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme. Evidence of positive trends in the country, created by the increased coherence in national consciousness, includes a recent report in the Financial Times that Estonia has weathered the global economic crisis very calmly and creatively, drawing renewed investment. (more)

Estonia: Maharishi Effect reflected in positive news
9 July 2008 - Speaking on a recent Global Family Chat, Dr Jaan Suurkula, the National Director of Invincible Estonia for the Global Country of World Peace, gave a report of positive national news from all areas of society resulting from rising coherence in collective consciousness. (more)

Estonia: Rising coherence promotes invincible economy
1 June 2008 - Dr Jaan Suurkula, National Director of Estonia for the Global Country of World Peace, reports that a well-known source for credit ratings of businesses and countries has in its latest evaluation shown confidence in Estonia, in spite of decreases in the Estonian economy during the spring. Dr Suurkula attributes the continuing stability of the economy to the large number of Yogic Flyers and practitioners of Transcendental Meditation creating invincibility for the nation. (more)

Dr David Lynch wins enthusiastic support for Maharishi's programmes in Estonia
12 November 2007 - Highlights of Dr David Lynch's recent visit to Estonia included extensive media coverage, inauguration of Estonia Invincibility University, a public meeting with over 1200 in attendance, and contacts with leading figures in all areas of Estonian society, including government, education, and culture. (more)

The David Lynch tour arrives in Estonia
10 November 2007 - Internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch arrived in Estonia during the third week of a comprehensive European tour to promote the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. While there, Dr Lynch also had a fortuitous meeting with President Mesic of Croatia about creating invincibility for that nation. (more)

Estonian leader reports successes, rising invincibility
17 July 2007 - Dr Jaan Suurkula, Founder of Invincibility and National Leader of Estonia for the Global Country of World Peace, reports that his country's capital has been ranked among the seven most intelligent communities in the world, due to its high level of information technology (IT) solutions in public service. He also announced plans to support their new Invincibility School, and other successes that are quickly raising the country towards invincibility. (more)

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