Here, Wouter De Tavernier brings balance and clarity to the issue, from an almost uniquely qualified perpsective, being as he is both an academic researcher working on discrimination issues, and an apartment owner and landlord in Tallinn, and makes good use of concrete data, suggesting ways we can all move forward, Estonians and non-Estonians, landlords and tenants alike. A hot topic Few debates in the expat community in Estonia get so heated as those about discrimination and racism in the Estonian apartment rental market. Many 'non-Western' foreigners in particular feel dismissed by landlords all to easily when they express their interest in an apartment. Others argue on the contrary that it is difficult for anyone, regardless of their origins, ethnicity or religious affiliation, to find appropriate accommodation in Tallinn, or take offence at the suggestion that racism might indeed be deeply entrenched in Estonian society. The result is very often a dialogue of the deaf, not bringing … [Read more...] about Accommodation discrimination: Does racism in Tallinn rental market exist?
"To maintain Tallinn's internationally known and an attractive destination for both recreational and business tourism, the city constantly needs to invest in both its environment as experienced by tourists, and its marketing,'' Mr. Kõlvart said, speaking at a press conference marking the opening of the council's autumn session.''The city of Tallinn hosts variety of international cultural and sporting events which bring a large number of outside visitors to Tallinn and Estonia,'' Mr. Kõlvart went on.A small tax can bring a large gainThere needs to be a balance struck between a tourist not noticing any dent in their pocketbook from a visit, but at the same time bringing needed revenue to the city, Mr. Kõlvart went on.''Even a one euro per night tax for each tourist would bring the city up to €2.8 million per annum in revenue,'' he stated.This money cold then be used for developing urban infrastructure, renovations to notable buildings in the old town including … [Read more...] about Tallinn needs tourist tax says city council chief
Boroditš announced his leaving the party on social media on Wednesday evening. He left the Riigikogu earlier this year to take on the job of running Tallinn's public transport company.Following his appointment, he faced harsh criticism, eg. by fellow Reform Party member and chairman of the party's group on the Tallinn City Council, Kristen Michal. The general tone of the criticism against Boroditš has been that if he is happy to work with a local government still struggling with various corruption cases, but still refusing to reform itself from the ground up, there is no place for him in the Reform Party."I've always followed the principle in my life that you should put your heart into everything you do," Boroditš wrote on social media. "I followed this principle as well in the years that I belonged to the Reform Party. I have the party my best, and the party gave me the chance to prove myself in the Riigikogu," he added.He also said that he appreciated the opportunity … [Read more...] about CEO of Tallinn public transport company leaves Reform Party
According to initial information, at 00:20 EEST on Wednesday, a motorcycle was travelling at a high speed toward Tallinn city centre when it crossed the Pärnu Highway overpass and crashed into a tram making a left turn.Following the collision, the motorcycle caught fire. The driver of the motorcycle was caught under the wheels of the tram and succumbed to their injuries at the scene. … [Read more...] about Motorcyclist killed in collision with Tallinn tram
Tall Hermann is open to visitors from 13:00-18:00 EEST on Monday. In order to ensure a smooth flow of visitors, free tickets will be distributed with marked entrance times.The 20 August Club also held its traditional festive meeting in the White Hall of Toompea Castle on Monday, with opening remarks delivered by President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre).A speech celebrating the occasion was also delivered by club member Tõnu Anton.Founded in 1994, the 20 August Club unites those people who were elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia in 1990 and voted for the resolution on the restoration of Estonian independence.27 years ago, at 23:02 on 20 August 1991, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia adopted the Resolution on the National Independence of Estonia with 69 votes in favour.TV Tower hosting Family DayTallinn TV Tower, the Tallinn District of the Estonian Defence League (EDL) and the Pirita City District … [Read more...] about Tall Hermann tower, Tallinn TV Tower open to visitors