“Did You Eat the WHOLE Cake?” On Learning Estonian

“Did You Eat the WHOLE Cake?” On Learning Estonian

"Estonian is popularly known as a difficult language to learn. The only other national languages it’s related to are Finnish and Hungarian."Continue Reading →

From Soviet Border Guard Station to Sauna: Off-Road on Vormsi Island

From Soviet Border Guard Station to Sauna: Off-Road on Vormsi Island

One cabin was used for accommodating border guards while the other housed a projector that was large enough to light up the coastline.Continue Reading →

Answering the Call of the Bonfire: Estonia’s Poetics of Endangered Species

Answering the Call of the Bonfire: Estonia’s Poetics of Endangered Species

Severe pollution threatens the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem. Blending poetry and art, a new book draws attention to Estonian wildlife at risk of disappearance.Continue Reading →

Siluett: the Estonian Fashion Magazine that Took the USSR by Storm

Siluett: the Estonian Fashion Magazine that Took the USSR by Storm

Launched in 1958 by the Tallinn Fashion House, Siluett was arguably the one truly agenda-setting fashion magazine the Soviet Union produced.Continue Reading →

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

An exhibition that deals with deconstructing the notions of nationalism and the nation-state takes place at one of the most symbolically burdened locations in EstoniaContinue Reading →

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

Second only to the capital of St Petersburg in incidence of syphilis and gonorrhoea, Tallinn outranked much larger cities in the Russian Empire in terms of infection.Continue Reading →

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Gendered languages pose problems for identity expression. But what about genderless languages? Does Estonian offer a natural home for the nonbinary?Continue Reading →

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

"For the adventurer, photographer, urban explorer or historian, Kopli Lines are a beautifully preserved window into the past."Continue Reading →

A Minnesotan Writing in Estonian: An Interview with Adam Cullen

A Minnesotan Writing in Estonian: An Interview with Adam Cullen

"Something to be preserved at all cost is the connection to this place – that’s the reason it’s Estonian literature, and not Latvian or French literature."Continue Reading →

Estonian Film Music: A Tasting Menu for the Autumn

Estonian Film Music: A Tasting Menu for the Autumn

"All the songs I’m offering here have been used in classic pieces of Estonian cinema, old and new..."Continue Reading →

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

"They announced the creation of an independent socialist republic, the Soviet Republic of the Sailors and Builders of the Fortress of Naissaar Island"Continue Reading →

Deep Baltic Podcast – Eesti

Deep Baltic Podcast – Eesti

DB's editor Will Mawhood is joined by Tallinn-based David Edwards and Stuart Garlick for a discussion about identity and how the country is changing.Continue Reading →