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Government Committee: the Estonia 100 international programme is a cultural export success story

8. January 2019 - 14:56

Stenbock House, 8 January 2019 – today, the Government Committee of Estonia 100 recognised the recently ended international programme of Estonia 100 as one of the most extensive publically financed projects of all time to introduce Estonia and promote cultural export.

“In addition to the extensive national programme, the Jubilee celebrations of our beloved Republic of Estonia also reached some of the most significant stages of the world. I am truly happy that we were able to celebrate the anniversary of our nation alongside so many Estonians living abroad and foreign friends of Estonia. The celebrations of Estonia 100 reached 35 countries in two years, hosting over 500 events,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, head of the Government Committee.

“We have received much positive feedback on the events of the international programme, which have helped us to introduce our nation, culture, and country to the entire world. It was undoubtedly the most extensive publically financed project of all time to introduce Estonia and promote cultural export. The Estonia 100 international programme is a success story for several reasons. I send my deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed to organising the events of Estonia 100 and, therefore, helped to celebrate the anniversary of our beloved Estonia in the most dignified manner,” Ratas added.

The Government Office began preparing for the Estonia 100 international programme in November 2013. The ministries’ workgroup started work a few months later, contributing greatly into establishing the programme. The international programme officially began with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2017 and ended on the final day of the Estonia 100 anniversary year.

The Government Committee also received an overview on the anniversary celebrations for 2019. This year’s events are focused on the centenary of the Estonian War of Independence.

The Government assembled a committee to coordinate celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia: the Government Committee is led by prime minister Jüri Ratas and includes the minister of education and research, the minister of culture, the minister of foreign affairs, the minister of defence, the minister of justice, the secretary of state, and the representative of the President of the Republic of Estonia.

The Jubilee celebrations of the Republic of Estonia will continue until 2 February 2020, a date that marks a hundred years from concluding the Treaty of Tartu.

Detailed information on the Jubilee events is available at

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