Discussing Identity and Minorities in an Estonian Border City

Discussing Identity and Minorities in an Estonian Border City

Narva is a particularly interesting place to discuss minorities and identy, being more overwhelmingly minority-majority than any large city in the Baltics.Continue Reading →

Spin Unit: Revealing the City through Art and Science

Spin Unit: Revealing the City through Art and Science

We aim to hack the invisible city, leverage the secret strengths of urban spaces, and explore how the many characters, all the different layers of the urban fabric come togetherContinue Reading →

Britain and the Baltics 2 – …to Peep Show

Britain and the Baltics 2 – …to Peep Show

"We consider [the Soviet Union and Russia] to be synonymous, don't we?"Continue Reading →

So Long Is the Road: Pärnu After Christmas

So Long Is the Road: Pärnu After Christmas

Pärnu is Estonia's most beautiful city. Airy parks, giant trees, and castle-like villas that call out to you with their back staircase secrets.Continue Reading →

Europe’s Dark Side of the Moon – Life in ’80s Riga

Europe’s Dark Side of the Moon – Life in ’80s Riga

"When I was a young woman, I ventured from America to my ancestral homeland, Latvia, hoping to recognize the country my grandparents and the exile Latvian community had described to…Continue Reading →

Didzis Melbiksis: Sticking Up for Refugees in the Baltics

Didzis Melbiksis: Sticking Up for Refugees in the Baltics

Latvian Didzis Melbiksis is the UNHCR Association Communication Officer for Northern Europe, responsible for managing the UN's communication with the media and public in the region.Continue Reading →

“Maq Sinnu Sali”: the South Estonian Dialect Spoken in Deepest Latvia

“Maq Sinnu Sali”: the South Estonian Dialect Spoken in Deepest Latvia

These words, which mean “I love you” were spoken in the Lutsi language by the last person to still have appreciable knowledge of it, Antonīna NikonovaContinue Reading →

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

"Hee vanquished the armie of the king of Lettowe, with the captiuitie of foure Lithuanian Dukes and the slaughter of three..."Continue Reading →

Terrible Beauty: the Eerie Charm of Stalinist Urban Space in Estonia

Terrible Beauty: the Eerie Charm of Stalinist Urban Space in Estonia

As is well known, the late 1940s and early 1950s were a difficult time for Estonian culture...Continue Reading →

Why You Will Almost Definitely Have to Change Your Name When Speaking Latvian

Why You Will Almost Definitely Have to Change Your Name When Speaking Latvian

“If I said Will, it would sound like I had suddenly said something in a foreign language”.Continue Reading →

Nine Months of Deep Baltic, or See You in September

Nine Months of Deep Baltic, or See You in September

Deep Baltic is taking August off while we work on a few big changes to the site, but we hope you’ll be back for more in September. In the meantime, we…Continue Reading →

Crossroads of the Baltics: the Past and Future of Latgale

Crossroads of the Baltics: the Past and Future of Latgale

Distinct from the rest of the country in terms of language, religion and customs, Latgalians nonetheless consider themselves firmly Latvian.Continue Reading →