Estonia leads Baltics in drug use - survey
Use of banned substances is considerably more widespread in Estonia than in Latvia and Lithuania, and above the EU average when it comes to cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy, it appears from the European Drug Report.
Estonia's new president to make first foreign visits to neighboring countries
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will during October make one-day get-acquainted visits to Finland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Lithuanian railroad's stalling tactics threat to Rail Baltic
Lithuania's national rail company did not sign the common procurements agreement of Rail Baltic partners the latter were scheduled to showcase yesterday, undermining the project's credibility first and foremost in the eyes of primary investor, the European Union.
06.10.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Joint bank of DNB, Nordea to be headquartered in Estonia
The unit for Baltic banking of DNB and Nordea established as a result of a merger of the Baltic operations of both banks will be headquartered in Estonia and will do business in Latvia and Lithuania via subsidiaries.
Kremlin propaganda portal head Kornilov detained by Estonian police
Aleksandr Kornilov was detained yesterday as suspected in tax offence. In 2014 annual account by security police Mr Kornilov is listed for advancing the Kremlin propaganda.
17.08.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian court sends to prison two Lithuanian car thieves
The Tartu county court on Monday sent to prison two Lithuanian car thieves who belonged to a criminal group who stole cars and sold them in Lithuania.
USA wants F-35 fighters in Baltics (1)
The United States of America have been discussing sending a unit composed of their most modern and expensive F-35 fighter planes into the Baltic region as these are employed in second half of the year. «We desire that F-35, for instance, do a little Baltic air policing,» (AAC) head General Herbert «Hawk» Carlisle said speaking to US Congress armed forces committee the day before yesterday.
15.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Prime minister raised excises by force
Entrepreneurs say rise of alcohol and fuel excise mainly harms retail in counties bordering with Latvia while transport related to exporters is hit all over the land.
20.06.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Ministry thinks to turn power off when it gets cold
Under leadership of Kristen Michal, economy ministry thinks it expedient to switch a part of consumers off the mains power supply instead of charging higher fees and build new plants to cover Estonia's needs.
08.06.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Network operator says Estonia to halve power production
State enterprise Elering chief Taavi Veskimägi says we need to jettison the pillar and stay of our energy security which is excess capacity in case of winter colds.
07.06.2016, Andres ReimerPM
NATO waving a red rag under nose of Russia
No threat to Russia militarily speaking, the US battalions in Baltics would irritate the Kremlin by their mere presence at Russian border. In response, just to flex muscles, the latter may move over its most modern armaments.
30.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Two refugees brought to Estonia go to court
Of refugees of war brought to Estonia according to European migration plan, two have had recourse to the courts not being satisfied to status awarded. By today, the police have altered the way they operate.
17.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Lithuania's Linkevičius says Estonia better run for UN Security Council
A member of UN Security Council two years back, Lithuania paid next to nothing for its campaign to get there, claims foreign minister Linas Linkevičius as interviewed by Postimees.
13.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Few viewers, many critics
13,000 – this was the amount of viewers who this Saturday watched part one of «Savisaare protsess» series produced by Tallinn TV for taxpayer money.
27.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Drug dealers do a fabulous fumble
With whopping-for-Estonia of 200 litres of GBL the «party drug» basis involved, one might think this was the perfect crime perhaps only foiled by a traitor or an unfortunate slight slip.
15.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Three banks for sale in Baltics. Maybe more
To the knowledge of Postimees, at least three smaller banks operating on the Baltic market have been for sale for years: Nordea, DNB, and Danske. Trouble is, nobody seems to be too interested.
12.04.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonian minister in Washington, «confirmed» by current news
The meeting is shrouded by the Chatham House rule i.e. we may say what was said but not who said what. Therefore, a tricky task to cover defence minister Hannes Hanso's first ever official as well as unofficial trip to the USA.
01.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
How to seize a tonne of drugs
A few days ago our public was witness to scenes as from an action movie – in private clothing, policemen stop a car in Järvevana Road, Tallinn and pull out the driver. In the other video, Spanish authorities raid a house in Alicante and, finding a man half naked, have him bite the dust.
29.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
The long and winding Lithuanian Rail Baltic
While Estonians and Latvians are toiling towards an up to 240 km/h railway, Lithuanians have derailed the effort from the start – between Kaunas and the border of Poland, the trains must roll twice as slow.
24.03.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Cold war between Lithuanian secret agents and media turned very hot
Something is rotten in a state of Lithuania. A scandal is brewing, that would leave the reputation either a law enforcement institution or owner of biggest media group in taters. Both of these options would be bad news for Lithuania.
04.03.2016, Vaidas Saldžiūnas, VilniusPM
Editorial: it always hurts to not be needed
Layoffs are never pain free. Not even when realizing the forced situation of the employer. Not even when the labour market situation points to other options. With dozens and hundreds getting the notice at one sweep, the public rightfully asks why. Whoever works in a related field, will naturally be asking some questions...
The great Keila layoff: a bang. Then, silence
The smokers «cages» attached to the wiring systems maker PKC provided the only and lonely place, yesterday, for those painfully laid off to come talk to reporters.
12.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Driver killed in taxi robbery
Yesterday morning near Pulli Village, Pärnu County taxi driver Lembit (65) was found dead having fallen victim of taxi robbery Sunday night. The suspects, young men aged 18 and 20, were held by police in Lithuania.
02.02.2016, Martin LainePM
EMT and Elion deleted
Though the Swedish TeliaSonera owned telecommunications company Eesti Telekom since early 2010, now every client knows as well. The bells have tolled to the Estonian brands EMT and Elion, and starting today all services are offered by Telia Eesti. Brought in to lead the enterprise from January, Swede Dan Strömberg says this is a new beginning in lots of ways.
20.01.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Andrei Katkov: Sillamäe oil plant has a future
In a rare public interview, owner of Port of Sillamäe and a prominent St Petersburg businessman Andrei Katkov talks about the strengths of the harbour, on why he is investing in Estonia, and why it isn't in Russia's interests to give up transport of goods via Baltic ports.
15.01.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Africa en example for energy independence to Estonia
Thanks to technology revolution, the Estonian eager for innovation will within years break free from energy taxes imposed by the state, and of the major producers pampered with subsidies, predicts World Energy Council's European region head Einari Kisel.
11.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Estonian police may send liaison officer to Lithuania to combat car theft
Since groups of thieves from Lithuania have set their sights on luxury cars in Estonia, the Estonian police is considering sending a liaison officer to Lithuania to more effectively combat such crimes.
New car theft now historically easy
Standing in a supermarket line to pay for daily groceries, a guy just might be standing right behind you busy amplifying the signal of your car key so his buddy can drive your wheels off the parking lot and into the wild unknown. This is what the new generation car thieves are about. For them, the business is increasingly a piece of cake.
11.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Foreign minister says Estonia not intending to claim compensation for damages by occupation
Estonia is not intending to claim compensation from Russia for damages by Soviet occupation, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand told Russian news agency Interfax this Sunday while commenting a memorandum of cooperation signed by justice ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regarding presenting such claim to Russia as legal successor to Soviet Union.
Estonia emerges as Baltic laggard
Two summers ago as it was already known that Latvia was joining the euro, consultancy EY Estonia head Ivar Kiigemägi predicted this was Estonia's last year with fastest growth in eurozone. He was right.
23.11.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: compensation for Soviet damages again tabled
Talking about damages caused for the occupation, thought go towards human lives being destroyed even as we write this, in Ukraine, due to activities by Kremlin. To mainly Russian-speaking people, vast material damage has been caused and the environment devastated. Regrettably, the powers that be at Kremlin have failed to learn the lessons of history that slaughter of people and destruction of assets comes with a price - potentially to be paid by them and their nation.
Eastern European background of Kallas seen as strength in Europe
As unveiled in October by former European Commission vice president Siim Kallas (67), he is running to lead the ALDE party uniting Europe's liberals and democrats. Currently campaigning for the post, he will need 488 votes at ALDE conference in Budapest, on November 21st. If picked, the man will lead some fifty parties over Europe.
04.11.2015, Hanna-Hulda ReinkortPM
Editorial: do think twice
In July, then economy minister Urve Palo (Soc Dems) wrote her Lithuanian colleague hoping to alleviate a €2.5m claim against enterprise of Oleg Ossinovski, father of Soc Dems chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski. Whatever the motives, in context the picture looks pretty bad.
Minister Urve Palo asked favour for Oleg Ossinovski
This letter of request has not been officially entered into economy ministry register. Having still seen it, one will feel like asking: why did the Soc Dem minister Urve Palo this summer send her Lithuanian colleague a letter in hopes to cancel or at least cut a €2.5m claim against an enterprise of Oleg Ossinovski, major donor to Soc Dems and father of its chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski?
28.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Baltics team up for Venice Biennale
Yesterday, Estonian Centre of Architecture proclaimed winner of curator call for representing Estonia at 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016: a work named «Balti Atlas».
23.10.2015, Janar AlaPM
Hopes high to have other allies added to incoming Brits
Unable to specify, I think more good news are in store said defence minister Hannes Hanso commenting on the news released yesterday of UK sending soldiers to support Baltics.
09.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian guys tower among the tall in Europe
Untriumphant at European championships in basketball, Team Estonia was sadly short in eyes of media and coaches. In 2010, the basketball union went as far as to proclaim a find-the-tall campaign. So are male Estonians shorties?
22.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defence
The swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
08.09.2015, Jürgen TammePM
Hunting adviser: hunt no good to stop spread of fever
Environment ministry hunting adviser Tõnu Traks says it was no way African swine fever could have been slowed down by hunting wild swine once the hazard surfaced. To the contrary: Estonia opted, by banning driven hunt, to keep the beast in place where they were and thus granted farmers time to take needed measures in farms. Now, it is only the diligence of farmers that can keep fever off domestic swine.
27.08.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: remembering the victims of communism and Nazism
While seemingly so during the brighter moments in human history, we are not on a path towards ever increasing civilization, away from atrocities, crimes and trampling on people's rights. Alas, the year at hand is no guarantee of avoiding the ugliness we eagerly label as «not for 21st century» even when happening before our very eyes.
Bumper crop expected
If the weather stays fine, an excellent harvest is in store this year - equaling increased exports.
18.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
«What do you do out of the blue...»
The rapidly spreading swine fever has affected farmers in dire straits. While the state offers support to start anew, many haven't a clue what the new might be.
13.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Mihkelson finds fault with NATO communication
Riigikogu's National Defence Committee chairman Marko Mihkelson (IRL) sees communication glitch in not being informed about changes regarding numbers of NATO fighters in Baltics and Poland though the decision was taken as early as this spring.
07.08.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Similarity stronger than dared to admit
According to fresh TNS Emor study comparing archetypes of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, the inhabitants of the Baltics think themselves to be more different than we actually are.
25.03.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Natgas imports from Lithuania make up 17 pct of total in February
Estonia imported in February 58.5 million cubic meters of natural gas of which imports from Lithuania by new gas market participants made up nearly 10 million cubic meters or 17 percent and the remaining 83 percent was imported by Eesti Gaas.
Google asutas Leedus firma
USA infotehnoloogia- ja netiotsingufirma Google on asutanud Leedus firma Google Lithuania.
NATO Military Committee okays intl staffs in Baltics
NATO's Military Committee on Thursday gave a green light to the establishment of multinational staffs in Lithuania and another five countries in central and eastern Europe and will submit the proposal to defense ministers, Lithuania's chief of defense Maj. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas said.
Lowest inflation in Baltic countries in 2014 recorded in Estonia
According to statistics offices of the three Baltic countries the lowest inflation was recorded in Estonia last year whereas Latvia had the highest inflation.
World Bank forecasting Estonia to have smallest economic growth in Baltic cos in 2015
The World Bank in its fresh Global Economic Prospect which is published twice a year is forecasting Lithuania to have the highest economic growth among Baltic countries this year and Estonia to have the lowest.
Estonia to pull out of Baltic mine countermeasures squadron
The government on Thursday gave the nod to Estonia's withdrawal from the Baltic mine countermeasures unit BALTRON.
Editorial: Lithuania gets euro i.e. full Baltic house
The day after tomorrow, as the year changes, euro will also be the money of the Lithuanians. Indeed, they already wanted the currency back in 2007, but were rejected as their inflation was slightly above the Maastricht criterion. Now, eight years later, Lithuania becomes 19th member of the eurozone – a decision maker at the European Central Bank (ECB) table in Frankfurt.
Kerry says US to continue increased presence in Baltic states
The United States will continue its increased military presence in the Baltic states in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
So how much poorer than Finns are we, actually?
While by gross domestic product dwellers of Finland are thrice as rich as us, in purchasing power Estonia is beaten by 1.5 times only.
17.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonia must find storage location for 30,000 cubic meters of minimum gas supply
Optimal capacity of the so-called SOS terminal of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is 20,000-30,000 cubic meters and it cannot be ruled out that the gas supply would be stored in Latvia or Lithuania.
New NATO chief to visit Estonia next week
The new secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, is to visit Estonia next week.
Russia denies violating Estonian, Lithuanian airspace
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a Dutch report of the incursion of a Russian military transport plane into the airspace of Estonia and Lithuania on Wednesday.
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.
Study: Estonians more content with life than Latvians, less than Lithuanians
According to a recent study carried out by insurer Ergo which assessed the contentment of people with life, the average score of Estonians was 6.26 out of the maximum score of 10, while Lithuanians got an average score of 6.74 and Latvians 6.12.
Most wild boars with African swine fever found in Viljandi County
The most wild boars who have died of the African swine fever (ASF) in Estonia have been found in Tarvastu, Viljandi County where the infected wild board have been found in the range of eight kilometers from the place the disease was initially discovered, regional newspaper Sakala reports.
European Commission recommends Estonia to conclude gas agreement with Lithuania
Given that a new terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Klaipeda, Lithuania will start work at the end of this year, the European Commission advises Estonia to conclude an agreement with Lithuania for the supply of protected customers in Estonia in case of an emergency with gas.
Visit draws much attention
US President Barack Obama’s Wednesday visit to Tallinn was covered by numerous international printed and online media. Underneath, find a selection of excerpts.
Siobhan Kattago: Obama shared more in common with Ronald Reagan than I ever could have imagined
In the days leading up to President Obama’s state visit to Estonia on September 3rd, the eve before the NATO summit meeting in Wales, details of his schedule, travel plans and meetings were meticulously scrutinized. As streets closed and helicopters circled, the contrast between the heavy security surrounding the Commander in Chief and his message of freedom couldn’t have been starker. Obama’s visit dramatically underscored the complex relationship between freedom and security in a post-9/11 world.
04.09.2014, Siobhan KattagoPM
Editorial: Estonia – example of staying free
Defending Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius is just as important as defending Berlin, Paris and London – a highlight from the US President Barack Obama’s speech in Tallinn, yesterday. Naturally, we need this assurance of unshakeable dedication. We need it declared to ourselves, to some lazy-like allies, and most of all to the potential aggressor.
Estonian minister of agriculture: pig plague is here
After a meeting with hunters and swine farmers yesterday, minister of agriculture Ivari Padar (SDE, soc dems) underlined the high likelihood of the African pig plague virus being already present in Estonia.
06.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: hogs worth fighting for
Pity the pig farmers: in the heat of the summer, chilly winds are howling from the south. Last week already, a dread epidemic – the African pig plague – had made it to Northern Latvia, nearing Estonian borderline. Alas, despite all measures taken and planned there’s small chance we will escape untouched.
Russia bringing attack aircraft into Belarus
Up close to Lithuania’s side, the Russian planes would reach Šiauliai air base before its NATO fighters manage to take off.
29.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: banning Kremlin’s lies
Doubtless, experiences of Latvia and Lithuania in combating Kremlin’s propaganda deserve Estonian attention.
Ilves congratulates Lithuanian counterpart on presidential election win
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves forwarded his congratulations to Dalia Grybauskaitė yesterday upon her re-election as president of Lithuania.
Rail Baltic derailed?
Settling fate of Rail Baltic express railway now a matter of weeks.
16.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia – the Baltic food price rise engine
Over the past year, cost of an advisable monthly food basket for a four-member family has risen in all Baltic States, shows a Swedbank study. The «leader» was Estonia with 4.3 percent.
BNS goes into Estonian businessman hands
Uudisvoog OÜ, a subsidiary of Koha Capital belonging by entrepreneur Ilmar Kompus (pictured) has purchased BNS Grupp from Alma Media ownership. As agreed by parties, the sales price is not published. As a result of the transaction, Alma Media’s first quarter results increase by €800,000.
Lithuania applying brakes on Rail Baltic
From the recent tone of the Estonian-Latvian-Lithuanian talks regarding the Rail Baltic joint company, one does get the impression that the latter doesn’t actually want the railway at all. In a veiled way, this is also what Kaido Simmerman – former Estonian Railways’ head and now chief engineer at Latvian Railways – said when in Tallinn on Tuesday: while Estonia and Latvia sit in the same boat regarding the project, Lithuania takes the totally opposite stand in almost all aspects.
19.12.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: Kremlin’s Lithuania-picking mere tip of iceberg
Lithuanian foreign minister put it plain: with eyes of the world on Syria, «under cover of bigger events» the Kremlin is taking exceedingly unpleasant steps in our region, with far-reaching geopolitical goals in mind.
Ministers of five countries sign Rail Baltic joint venture agreement
Transport ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland on Monday signed a declaration on the establishment of a joint venture for the Rail Baltic railway project in Vilnius.
Ergma: Lithuania has raised important topics for EU presidency
Congratulating Lithuania on the occasion of assuming the EU presidency in Vilnius on Thursday, speaker of the Estonian parliament Ene Ergma said that Lithuania has brought up important topics for its presidency.
Latvia and Lithuania to blame for extreme electricity price
Counting from start of year, those opting for Exchange Package are still ahead.
26.06.2013, Enn TossoPM
Only Lithuania opposes Rail Baltic joint venture
At a meeting of the Rail Baltic work group in Helsinki on Thursday all parties to the project bar Lithuania supported establishment of a joint venture to implement the high-speed railway project.
Lithuanian president awards decorations to 24 Estonians
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has awarded two dozen Estonian citizens with national decorations of Lithuania for personal contribution to the development of bilateral relations and active efforts to improve political, cultural, economic and public cooperation between the two countries.
Parts wants host state to pull nuclear project
Leaving aside the central figures of the state visit, Presidential couple Toomas Hendrik and Evelin Ilves, and their Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė, yesterday’s most notable figure was undeniably Juhan Parts, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, whose portfolio holds such spicy subjects as nuclear power and Rail Baltica.
Baltic countries must find best solution for air policing - Estonian minister
Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said after a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Juozas Olekas on Tuesday that the Baltic countries must find the best solution for air policing among themselves and that the agreement will be made when the time is ripe.
President Ilves to Estonian and Lithuanian entrepreneurs: this is our common domestic market
"About every fifth kilowatt-hour of electrical power consumed in Lithuania comes from Estonia. Over half the vehicles driving around Estonia run on fuel produced in Lithuania. In Lithuania, there are thousands of people who wear Baltman suits and eat Alma yogurt. And in Estonia, there are thousands who shop at Maxima stores and enjoy Pergale chocolates." President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said today in Vilnius, when he opened an Estonian-Lithuanian business seminar with Dalia Grybauskaité, the Lithuanian head of state.
Paet: Estonia supports Lithuania acceding to the euro zone and OECD as soon as possible
While meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius in Tallinn today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that Estonia fully supports Lithuania’s efforts to join the euro zone as well as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “We would like to see Lithuania in the euro zone and the OECD as soon as possible,” said Paet.
Number of banks in Latvia, Lithuania will drop upon switch to euro - Estonian banker
After Latvia and Lithuania's transition to the euro the number of commercial banks will probably decline in both countries, CEO of the Estonian unit of Danske Bank Aivar Rehe said in an interview with BNS.
Estonia has fewest income tax-related benefits among Baltic states
Estonia has the highest tax-exempt income among the Baltic states but Estonians enjoy fewer tax breaks than Latvians or Lithuanians, it appears from a comparison of the three countries' tax benefits.