Open Fishing Port Day

On the 28th of April, tens of thousands of people attended the 2nd Open Fishing Port Day throughout Estonia.
According to preliminary data, approximately 25 000 visits were made to fishing ports. 23 fishing ports could be visited all over Estonia. There were fishermen in the ports. The visitors could attend handicraft and study rooms and go to fishcafes. It was possible to have a boat trip and see musical groups performances, for children different thematic workshops and a science theater, as well as fishing line training.


Estonian fishermen deserve recognition because it is thanks to them that we have the opportunity to eat fresh domestic fish,” said Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs. “The coastline and inland waterways of Estonia are lined up with a network of fishing ports where hard, but grateful work is being done.

On the day of open fishing ports, we can show the people of Estonia the daily life of the fishing ports and how the fish can reach our food table.” According to the Minister of Rural Affairs, everyone can do a lot for the fishermen. “I hope that the visitors of the open day of the fishing ports as well as other Estonian residents will find fishermen from whom to buy fresh and domestic fish directly,” said Tamm.

The Open Fishing Port Day was organized by the Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Fisheries Information Center and funded by the European Union Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 2014-2020.

The day was dedicated to 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Photographed by Triinu Heinaste

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Katrin Uurman
National Coordinator


The press release by Triinu Heinaste, Ministry of Rural Affairs

Let’s do it!


What is the community activities day “Let’s do it!”?

It is the day of collective action that has been taking place in different forms all over Estonia since 2008. In 2008 people gathered together to clean Estonia from illegal garbage, in 2009 people gathered together to generate good ideas and from 2010-2017 there have been several different actions all over Estonia. Every community, organization or active citizen decided by themselves what needed to be done and asked other people to join according to that.

The main goal of the day is the contribution to the civil society in Estonia by promoting active attitude, strengthening local communities and supporting the development of local leaders.

The day is also a part of a global event called Let’s Do It! World or World Cleanup Day which is initiated by Estonians. There are already more than 100 countries all over the world that have joined the action. You can read more about the cleanup also from the website of Let’s do it World.

The community activity day “Let’s do it!” will take place on the 5th of May 2018 – everyone is welcomed to join! 🙂

Estonian Public Broadcasting and the team of “Let’s do it!” are calling everybody to plant a tree on 5th or 6th of May 2018. Planting a tree keeps people to be in touch with nature. For Estonians, the tree has a special meaning, it keeps your soul and gives strength. When planting a tree, you make a cohesiveness with nature. The tree can be planted in your or friends garden, in young forest etc.

If you like to join with the tree planting, do it please on 5th or 6th of May, make a photo of you and the tree you planted. Post the photo on social media and mark with #OmaPuu or send the photo to

LET’S DO IT!!! 🙂


Katrin Uurman
National Coordinator



Estonia 100

Estonians like to invite you to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. Celebrations take place from April 2017 to February 2020.


Ten thousand years ago, a Finno-Ugric tribe reached the coast of the Baltic Sea after a long, long journey. They were keen on the place: dense forests interspersed with bogs; rivers and lakes teeming with fish; picturesque valleys; fertile soil; and four seasons. They settled down and started to cultivate the land. It was here that the Estonian language was born. However, the prehistoric counties were one step short of banding together to form a unified country.

The last thousand years before independence passed under the rule of various external powers, but the foreign spirit never took root. A hundred years ago, this nation decided to establish its own country, since it wanted to live in its own way among others. Estonia made a name for itself in the world; set up new universities, theatres, and governmental bodies; created its own unique music, art, and literature; and built up its economy. Soon, Estonia had one of the highest rates of literacy in the world.

Estonia’s hard-won freedom was lost temporarily but was taken back by its people standing together and singing – the Singing Revolution. Today, the tribe that was once called “the land people” (maarahvas) has re-built a modern country and become a full-fledged member of Europe. It boasts quick-witted people, a mystical-sounding language, and enchanting landscapes. As a country, we are about to turn 100 – a very good reason to remember all the precious things that have carried us so far. But immeasurably more important is that we think about what to do next.

Therefore, Estonians dedicate these birthday celebrations to the future. Celebrations are dedicated to ventures that will reach the memories of children and grandchildren but will also give all a better life today. Estonians think of people, nature, and communities: the experience that has been carried forth from the tribe. Estonians do things on own, uniquely Estonian way. Estonians are simple but smart; both bold and mysterious.

Estonia – the whole world in a nutshell!


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Katrin Uurman
National Coordinator



Disability does not prevent to study horticulture!

Maarja Village Study Group at Räpina School of Horticulture was established in 1st of January 2007, when 12 students began 3-year programme of gardening. Since then, more than 45 students with a disability have received diplomas as trained assistant gardeners.

Studying take place on the grounds of Foundation Maarja Village, in the community 40 km from Räpina. During 3-year studies, students focus on different areas of gardening, but also go thru general educational modules such as math, reading and writing, history, biology, even English language and Physical Education. Woodwork and Art modules are also included in curricula. Students are supported by services from psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and special pedagogues.

Photographed by Huko Laanoja


Celebrate Estonia 100! 

Due to Estonia 100  (a hundred years of the Republic of Estonia) pupils and teachers from Maarja Village made a gift to Estonia. Students did 100 birds from yarn colored in Estonian flag colors. The aim was to spread these birds to all over the world and share these with special friends. The first 20 birds found home in Australia. 5 special birds have found a great home at EUROPEA friends in Austria, Germany, Hungary, France and UK.

Photographed by Judit Čović (HU)

Photographed by Gerd Alscher (DE)

EUROPEA is a great example of a great network, full of good colleagues and friends forever! 🙂


Huko Laanoja
the leader of the studies at Maarja Village

Katrin Uurman
National Coordinator