07.04.2020 – The Estonian Students’ Society 150

The Estonian Students’ Society, the oldest Estonian student organisation, was founded in 1870 at Tartu University and has continuously been active ever since. In 1940, EÜS was shut down in Estonia by the occupying Soviet authorities. In 1944, however, EÜS chapters were opened in both Finland and Sweden, and later in many Western countries. EÜS… Read More »

06.04.2020 – 100th anniversary of the Internal Security Service

The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS, Kaitsepolitseiamet) is marking its centenary this year. The activity of the agency was codified on 12 April 1920 by a legal act signed by Prime Minister Jaan Tõnisson and Minister of the Interior Aleksander Hellat. Originally planned to operate in the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Courts, it was… Read More »

20.03.2020 – Georg Ots 100

Georg Ots (1920-1975) was one of the most prominent Estonian opera singers of all time, whose work has delighted many generations. By nature, Ots had been given a voice with a particularly beautiful timbre, musicality and natural charm. For three decades, Ots sang himself into the hearts of the audience through a variety of roles.… Read More »

03.03.2020 – National Archives 100

3 March 2020 will mark 100 years from the day seven men began to establish the national archives – the unified system for preserving our national written heritage. After a consultation on 3 March 1920, the Commission of Archives established the National Central Archives in Tartu to store historically important documents, and the National Archives… Read More »

27.02.2020 – St. Nicholas’ Church in Paldiski

On 25 February 1770, the Consistory gave Paldiski permission to hold sermons in German. As the construction of the church could not start before Czar Nikolai I allocated 14,000 paper rubles for construction, the sermons were first held in a rental house. The cornerstone of the church, designed by architect Schellbach, was laid on 13… Read More »

19.02.2020 – Jaan Kross 100

With the release of the stamp of Jaan Kross (1920-2007), we are celebrating 100 years since the birth of an important figure in Estonian literature. The free verse poetry of Jaan Kross embodies the poetry revival of the 1960s and the coming of a powerful poetic wave in Estonian literature. His masterful and erudite historical… Read More »

29.01.2020 – 100th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty

The Tartu Peace Treaty was signed on 2 February 1920 after two months of negotiations between the Republic of Estonia and Soviet Russia. The peace treaty brought the War of Independence (1918-1920) to a close and guaranteed the de jure independence of Estonia, which had been won on the battlefield. Under the terms of the… Read More »

28.01.2020 – Discovery of Antarctica 200. Estonian-Russian joint issue

1820 was a breakthrough year in the history of the discovery of Antarctica. The continent, which since ancient times had been rumoured to exist, finally was revealed to humankind. Antarctica was first sighted by the Irishman Edward Brasfield, the American Nathaniel Palmer and, as the first, the commanders of the Russian expedition Fabian Gottlieb von… Read More »

25.01.2020 – Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat

2011 marked the debut of a series of postage stamps commemorating Chinese New Year. This is the 10th stamp in the series and is dedicated to the Year of the Rat due to start on 25 January. There are 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac and the rat is the first of them. According… Read More »