Party members less than generous
Estonian parliament parties received fewer donations than usually in post-election 2016 for a total of €1.2 million.
13.01.2017, Karin KangroPM
Officials and medics among parent's pay frauds
If earlier attempts to con the state for the maximum amount of the parent's pay instrument were made mainly by people out of work or owners of companies, the middle class has also turned to this particular type of fraud today. People often put in place detailed agreements with employers not to appear on the radar of the tax board.
20.10.2016, Oliver KundPM
Finnish scientists: in wage rise years Estonan women up and birth boys
The connection between improved economic climate and increase in birth of boys has been shown by research before. At that, scientists do not know exactly why, and whether this is a link or cause-effect. Compared to Western nations, the effect is especially strong in Estonia.
09.08.2016, Riin AljasPM
Estonian online gamers drawing income from fans
While «Pokémon Go» is still busy conquering the world and those involved seeking ways to cash in, several Estonians have for years made a virtual yet real income online. Among them, Carmen Peussa and Kalle Lepiku do stand out.
21.07.2016, Cätriin VuksPM
Riigikogu pulls doubling of fines off agenda
Unexpectedly, and as advised by its Legal Affairs Committee, the parliament yesterday removed from agenda the law amendments intended to raise fine units as basis for misdemeanour fines from €4 to eight euros.
22.03.2016, Karin KangroPM
Come January, €805.86 to drop monthly into state paid authors accounts
Culture ministry has proclaimed a pilot project of paying trust-based monthly wages to five writers and five artists.
03.11.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
In Estonia, a debtor lives the good life
Estonia is turning into a paradise for indebted private persons. It is mainly the «minnows» who toil to pay back debts over here, like those stupid enough to draw fast loans. Whoever owes a lot is sailing towards expiry of obligations or debt cancellation as allowed by law.
30.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: a toothless state
If an ordinary paid worker owes money, a bailiff demands that he pay up. Limits are set to use of bank account. From registers, they will find about his assets and can apply forced sales. He keeps paying until the debt is covered. In the worst cases, he also pays the absurdly large fines for delay, and the tough collection costs.
Education allowance rules distrusted by students
The needs-based education allowance for university students, reformed two years back to the backdrop of hot debate, has not yielded the desired fruit. As shown by first major study since introduced, it is often opted not to apply due to prejudices, and the system is deemed to be unfair.
14.09.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: leave city, be happy
As observed in a deep-delving story on small town niceties in Postimees today, people tend to be happier there... provided they have what it takes to be happy like family, friends, work and income.
Working in Finland: homecoming considered with wage rise or when retired
An ethnology Master's student at University of Tartu, Keiu Telve studied perceptions of Estonian men working in Finland regarding the commuting, and its impact on their financial behaviour and relations at home.
15.07.2015, Kristi KarroPM
Estonia planning to pay support to old age pensioners living alone
Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs is planning to start paying old age pensioners who live alone additional support of 115 euros per year.
Estonian unions, employers fail to reach accord on minimum pay
No agreement was concluded at Monday's round of negotiations between the Estonian Employers Confederation and the EAKL trade union confederation on the size of the minimum wage for the next two years and the talks will continue in two weeks' time.
Editorial: counting the blessings of dwelling in Estonia
This is the day to think about what makes one happy. As you read this, the planet is celebrating International Day of Happiness.
Home loan causes conscript complaint
Among conscripts, only three-four percent have managed to assume a home loan or some other obligation before call-up for service. Still, the situation at times comes up as problematic.
29.01.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Parlt passes occupational disability act
Estonian parliament on Wednesday approved the occupational disability benefit act with 55 votes for and 32 against it.
Among Baltic states' residents Estonians have the most savings - Swedbank survey
According to a survey of the Institute for Private Finances at Swedbank most Estonians or 83 percent have savings while 66 percent of Lithuanians and 53 percent of Latvians have set money aside.
Oil paramount for Kremlin
Put together, oil and gas revenues amounted to 50 percent sharp in Russian budget for 2013.
15.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonian employers' manifesto names competitiveness as priority
In a manifesto published on Tuesday, the Estonian Employers Confederation lists competitiveness as a priority that needs to be dealt with if the country wishes to escape the middle income trap.
September tax receipts up almost 10 pct on year at EUR 453.5 mln
In September 453.5 million euros of tax money was paid into Estonia's state budget, 9.8 percent more than in the same month last year.
Work capacity reform delayed
Yesterday, Riigikogu social commission received amendments to work capacity reform bill by coalition MPs whereby the latter desire to raise the income level triggering cuts to work capacity benefits and to postpone entry into force of the law by half a year till January 1st 2016.
12.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
In 2013 the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 949 euros
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2013, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 949 euros and the average hourly gross wages and salaries were 5.73 euros. Compared to 2012, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased 7.0% and the average hourly gross wages and salaries increased 7.3%.
The income of employees increased in all counties last year
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2013, the average monthly gross income per employee was 900 euros. Compared to 2012, the average gross income increased in all counties.
Editorial: Embarrassed in Estonia
Just some months ago, Vaiko Eplik came out with a new album, 7 ehk Nõgesed. It’s good stuff, and one CD wouldn’t be enough – a pity to kill the thing in the car, and some songs one would like to take jogging. For the car, one can burn an extra CD. For running purposes, stick files in iPod. Both are legal, if done for personal use only.
LHV and Nordea lead the pack
Pension funds business blooms. For the second year running, all asset managers are in the black.
12.05.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonian residents declare EUR 5.7 b income for 2012
Income returns filed with the Estonian tax authority in 2013 declared a total 5.7 billion euros in income for 2012 and the number of people who declared their income was 647,729, 4,184 more than in the preceding year.
Estonian-Scandinavian income gap wider than ever
Even if related to eurozone our income level has slowly risen over the past decade, the opposite is true as we look to the Nordic countries – with income gap widening.
04.07.2013, Tõnis OjaPM
The income of employees increased in all counties during the year
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2012, the average monthly gross income per employee was 844 euros. Compared to 2011, the average monthly gross income has increased in all counties.