Pension to depend on years worked
The government decided yesterday to change the system of pensions to tie I pillar pension to years worked instead of level of income. Ministers also reached an agreement on the special pensions reform that will abolish special pensions of Defense Forces members, prosecutors, police and border guard officials from January 1, 2020. All current special pensions and those of people who take office before December 31, 2019 will be retained.
20.01.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonian population grows by 1,850 in 2016
According to Statistics Estonia's initial estimates, the population of Estonia was 1,317,800 on Jan. 1 this year, which is 1,850 persons more than at the same time a year ago.
Businessmen make huge donation in exchange for decisions
A precedent was born in Estonian party financing immediately before the new year when eight businessmen donated a total of €800,000 to political parties. The donors say the money comes as thanks for long-awaited decisions in addressing the country's low birthrate.
10.01.2017, Oliver KundN24
Pimeda aja huumorilaks: vaata, kuidas soomlased positiivsed olla proovivad
Helsingist pärit videoblogija Timo Wilderness on kokku pannud humoorika video, mis kindlasti tuleb tuttav ette ka meile, eestlastele. Soomlased tõdevad, et ülejäänud maailmast 99,7 protsenti näevad aasta jooksul rohkem päikesevalgust, kui nemad. Sellest hoolimata püüavad nad säilitada oma rõõmsameelsust. Sulgudes lisab Timo, et keegi võiks siiski neile abi teele saata.
10.01.2017, Dagmar LampPM
Quota filled for the first time
Estonia has been willing to take in no more immigrants than 0.1 percent of its permanent population in recent years. The figure comes to 1,317 people this year, and the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is convinced the quota will be filled before the year is out.
29.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Birthrate down in Estonia, up in Latvia over three years
The Baltic states' health behavior compendium reveals that while birthrate took a nose dive in Estonia in 2010, it started growing in Latvia instead. Demographer Ene-Margit Tiit believes the fall could be the result, among other things, of outdated parental benefits system.
20.10.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: inclination and ability
The population is aging and thus the influence of the elderly increases accordingly. Tellingly, a bank has ordered a study into their saving habits.
Editorial: let law reflect life
In society, proposals to alter the system of parental leave and benefits are always expected and welcome. The need is prescribed by life itself – the overall changes of work and family relations, the impact of receding stereotypes etc. While we will have to discuss what the changes will be, the ideas currently tabled are surely a step in the right direction.
New taxes sought to fill health insurance hole
According to analysis by work group called by social ministry Health Insurance Fund would stay in the red for upcoming years due to demographic changes. To fill the void, money might be drawn from elsewhere in the budget. And option is introducing health taxes.
Editorial: hiring people with reduced work capacity is step in right direction
Unavoidably, Estonia's working age population is graying and shrinking. Some predictions say we will have a whopping 160,000 people less on labour market in just one generation.
Editorial: Ida-Viru County needs a vision for the future
Ida-Virumaa and its largest city Narva of nearly 60,000 inhabitants has been rather prominent in local and international media these past few years. predominantly, this has been because of the 2014 events in Ukraine: many a Western journalist has been seeking for another Donbas and Crimea both in Narva and the Latvian region of Latgale. Even so, the Daugavpils and Narva reality has proven otherwise, and one may understand the displeasure in locals regarding such focus.
Editorial: clamant community confronts closed council
Karula. A picturesque place near Valga. A rare parish in Estonia where population just keeps growing.
06.05.2016, Urho MeisterPM
New figures show Estonian population bigger by 2,673 than last year
According to revised figures by Statistics Estonia, 1,315,944 persons lived in Estonia on Jan. 1 this year, 2,673 more than at the same time in 2015.
Editorial: the police and budget of an ageing nation
For years, police and border guard have been under severe austerity. At some point homeland security may begin to go downhill, we are warned by Auditor General, police chief and a chancellor at interior ministry in Postimees today. Further belt tightening is out of the question.
At present, words of the cultured carry no such weight as at end of 1980ies, observes folklorist and former first lady Ingrid Rüütel (EKRE) while admitting Estonia could never solve the problems of the nations of the world. Even so, Estonia might play a part in international cooperation provided we feature wise, experienced and balanced politicians.
26.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonia stands out with high rate of prisoners among European countries
Estonia is in the forefront in the relative number of prisoners, length of prison sentence as well as the rate of people sentenced to prison for drug crimes, it can be seen from data published by the Council of Europe on Tuesday.
Hunters shoot 18 wild boars on Tallinn peninsula on 2nd day of hunt
Hunters shot and killed 18 wild boars on Paljassaare peninsula in Tallinn on Friday, the second such undertaking after a similar day of massive hunt in November that saw 21 boars killed on the peninsula that is a special conservation area for birds and serves as home to the city's wastewater treatment facility.
Flexibility planned for second pillar pension benefits
Yesterday, finance minister Sven Sester introduced a plan to amend payments from pension system aimed at increased flexibility and transparency.
19.01.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: a world with two million Estonians
Understandably, we are upset when grand strategic goals are not worded. On the other hand, it is almost always easy to ridicule the lofty ambitions while the ranks of the scorners often include the very ones who formerly bemoaned the absence of big ideas.
Study shows three-child families wealthier than those with two
ASBL Estonian Birthrate Studies financed by a media-shy Estonian entrepreneur has while interviewing mothers arrived at a surprising conclusion: families with three children are better off than two-kid ones.
20.11.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Kremlin media effort in Estonia largely futile
Little likelihood that Moscow propaganda channels could stir Russians in Estonia into mass protests, concludes fresh report by International Center of Defence Studies.
16.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Decade sees 68,500 return to Estonia from jobs abroad
While those headed to work abroad outnumber such as return, the numbers of the latter are considerable, writes Statistical Office chief analyst Siim Krusell in the office's blog.
30.09.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
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
Register grabs health data against will of people
On the surface, any individual may decide who used their delicate personal data and how. The reality differs starkly. As is also the case with cancer screening register: a person desiring to close down her data is helpless against a clause in a law, and the health data are used against her will.
17.08.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: just a matter of time
The swine fever surfacing in three Estonian farms spells losses for owners and raises the question of sufficiency of governmental measures.
Garri Raagmaa: on sweetness of small town life
Citing study, University of Tartu regional planning docent Garri Raagmaa says city folks may be richer but small town life is happier.
20.07.2015, Garri RaagmaaPM
Stronger stick, sweeter carrot, and urge to merge
At the moment, Estonia sports 213 local governments. By our 100th Anniversary, they should be three times less. The conditions for survival of some and extinction of others are being feverishly forged.
16.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the prophetically emptying island
The last gynaecologist of Hiiumaa, Estonia’s second largest island, retires. Prematurely. Hers is the job that makes birthing babies possible.
Editorial: the glass looks half full, rather
For the most part, «integration» assumes a critical tone when pronounced in public space of Estonia. In studies, and real life especially, we see the desired processes actually in motion. Yep, not fast enough, perhaps. Sure, there’s steps to be taken, and some perhaps to avoid.
Ministry: Estonia's limit is up to 156 migrants in 2 years
Estonia is capable of accepting from 84 to 156 migrants in two years, it appears from a memorandum of the Interior Ministry drawn up on the basis of analyses conducted by several government ministries.
On spreading the refugees across entire Estonia
Are Estonia’s towns and parishes prepared to embrace refugees arriving from crisis areas, should it be decided to scatter these across the nation?
20.05.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Migrants dream big at the gate of Europe
«Our God, help us,» 22-year-old Muhammed mumbled when he saw the sea. He was on the shores of Libya. On the other side was Europe. But he had to get on that boat. The young Moslem had a dream, you see – to become a big businessman. And where else could he do it if not in Europe, right?
05.05.2015, Marian MänniPM
Ill and indifferent, Estonia’s educated elderly keep on working
Compared to European peers, elderly Estonians work longer and are better educated while their income is low, the health poor and participation in society meagre.
28.04.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Eldest Estonian turns 108
I did pay a visit as, last April, Elle Mälberg celebrated her 107th birthday. Back then, she was second in seniority in Estonia. Last Friday, turning 108, the former teacher was already the oldest of all.
15.04.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Estonians are still physically inactive, overweight - study
According to the results of a study of Estonians' health behavior carried out by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) and published on Friday the number of everyday smokers is declining in Estonia but problems with physical activity and being overweight remain on the same level.
Ilves: it's not possible to go on with present administrative arrangement
It is not possible for Estonia to go on with the present administrative division, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in his speech on the day of towns and rural municipalities on Wednesday, calling on the new Riigikogu to adopt the decisions necessary for administrative reform.
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.
Estonia's Environment Agency proposes to set annual grey seal shooting quota at 53
The Estonian Environment Agency has proposed to set the grey seal shooting quota for 2015, the first year in which hunting for seals in Estonian waters is again permitted, at 53 or 1 percent of the seals counted last year.
Eurostat: 58 pct of Estonian residents used internet on the move in 2014
As much as 58 percent of residents of Estonia used the internet on mobile devices away from home or work in 2014 and the proportion of individuals who went online at least once within the last three months was 84 percent, the sixth highest ratio among EU member states, figures published by Eurostat show.
Nearly 980 000 Estonian citizens have right to vote in 2015 parlt elections
According to the population register as on Nov. 1 there were 979,910 citizens with a right to vote in Estonia's 2015 parliamentary elections which is about 15,000 people more than the number of people that had voting rights during the 2011 parliamentary elections.
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.
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.
Store area in Estonia reaches ceiling
Consumers hardly anywhere treated as nice as in Estonia, says Tallinna Kaubamaja group chief Raul Puusepp.
13.10.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
President Ilves at the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honour to address this high-level meeting dedicated to the rights of indigenous peoples.
Editorial: esteeming education – essential for successful society
It’s a very important day today – schools start again. First and foremost, a milestone for the almost 15,000 who, in September 1st 2014, take this step for the first time ever. Even so, the occasion’s significance is not limited to the 137,000 pupils at general education schools – add the university students, and those studying at vocational institutions. Plus the grown-ups acquiring extra education or getting a new specialty.
The decrease in the population number has slowed down
According to the revised data of Statistics Estonia, 1,315,819 persons lived in Estonia on 1 January 2014. In 2013 the population declined by 4,355 persons (0.3%). Increased immigration has reduced the impact of emigration on population decline. However, the falling number of births means that natural increase has a bigger role in population decline.
Growth limited to Tallinn, Tartu and Maardu
By 2040, Estonia will have five less cities with over 10,000 inhabitants.
09.04.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonia submits the final report of the population census to Eurostat
In March 2014, the Member States of the European Union will finalise the 2010/2011 census round of the Population and Housing Census and submit the final report of the census to Eurostat.
PHC 2011: There are 369 built-up localities in Estonia
Based on the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC) and the building data from the Estonian National Topographic Database, Statistics Estonia calculated built-up localities. By area and the number of inhabitants, the largest built-up locality is that of Tallinn, which, besides the Tallinn city area, covers the settlements of Tabasalu and Laagri.
Editorial: fresh wallpapers
Hopefully, the new government will not be spinning wheels over cosmetic change.
HIV evolves into midlife crisis
HIV used to mainly spread among the youth. Now, increasingly, it is caught by people in their 30ies and older. At that, two thirds of victims are men.
18.03.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Fresh lake air ineffective against incapacity to work
41 percent of working-age folks in Kasepää Commune, Jõgeva County living on work incapacity pension.
18.03.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: more kids, back to work quicker
Praxis, a political think tank, has come out with a study on effects of parental leave on two issues important for the state: increasing birth rate and return of parents – mothers, mainly – back to work. Generally, the current system is quite good; even so, it needs tweaking. Mainly, regarding how mothers and fathers divide the parental leave.
Pensions: sheepwalking towards barren pastures
«Only thanks to our decision to increase pensions by five percent during the crisis, has cohesion been preserved in our society,» Prime Minister Andrus Ansip proclaimed just before the last Riigikogu elections. «Pensions will definitely rise the next year as well!» Again, Reform Party took a solid victory at the elections.
28.02.2014, Sulev VedlerPM
Statistics Estonia revised the population figures for the years 2000–2013
Statistics Estonia revised the population figures for 2000–2013 based on the data of the 2011 census and various registers. According to the revised data, the estimated population number of Estonia as at 1 January 2014 was 1,311,870 by preliminary estimates.
Tallinn grew most
As revealed by population register, 2013 brought increase of inhabitants to 30 local governments, among which Tallinn – predictably – was main magnet: the capital, boosted by free public transport, played in another league. Population also grew briskly in areas around Tartu and a couple of communes next to Tallinn. The largest losers are to be found in Ida-Viru County: there, Kohtla-Järve shed 1,060 people over the year, Narva losing 1,013.
10.01.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Census shows drop in number of households with children
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census there were 599,832 households in Estonia and the share of households with children aged below 18 had dropped from 33.6 percent in 2000 to 25.2 percent.
About 1,200 more deaths than births registered Jan-July
The number of deaths registered in Estonia in the first seven months of this year exceeded the number of births registered by 1,200.
Ethnic diversity of Estonia's population increases by 38 new minorities over past decade
According to the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census representatives of 180 ethnic groups live in Estonia 38 of whom had not been recorded in this country before.
Statistics Estonia presents the publication on the 2011 census
Statistics Estonia will present today, on 28 June the publication «Pilte rahvaloendusest. Census Snapshots» which provides an overview of the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census and reflects some newer aspects revealed during the last Census.
Three quarters of the inhabitants are native population
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011), 75.2% of Estonian residents are native population.
The decrease in population number was influenced by emigration
According to Statistics Estonia, 1,286,000 persons lived in Estonia on 1 January 2013. Due to migration the population declined by more than 6,600 persons, due to the natural increase by 1,400 persons.
PHC 2011: over a quarter of the population are affiliated with a particular religion
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011), 320,872 persons or 29% of Estonian population aged 15 and older are affiliated with a particular religion. This percentage has not changed compared to the previous, 2000 Census.
PHC 2011: Popularity of consensual union is growing
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011), the share of persons living in a consensual union has increased significantly and the share of people living with a legal spouse has decreased compared to the previous, 2000 Census.
The challenges ahead are a declining population and the development of the labour force
Growth accelerated in Estonia in the second half of 2012 driven by domestic demand, and this was reflected in the labour market, as the share of the service sector in employment increased. Confidence indicators from our largest trading partners show that the outlook for the exporting sector has improved in recent months.
15.04.2013, Orsolya Soosaar, Natalja Viilmann, Eesti PankPM
PHC 2011: the share of population with higher education has increased in the last decade
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011), 34% of the Estonian population aged 20 and over have higher education, 45% have upper secondary education and 21% have lower secondary education or less.