To mark the Centenary of the Republic of Estonia and 100 years of bilateral relations, the British Embassy Tallinn held a
100 Years of Friendship
Queen’s Birthday Party Competition
HOW MANY ENTRIES WE RECEIVED?
WHO ARE THE WINNERS?
We are very grateful to everybody who has taken part in the competition. All the entries were wonderful! We are delighted to announce the winners of the competition. Congratulations and see you at the Queen's Birthday Party!
|Kimberly Marie Kaldre||6||Tallinn|
|Hannah Marie Walsh||8||Hiiumaa|
|Sophia Emily Kaldre||8||Tallinn|
|Liisa Lota Hunt||10||Harjumaa, Tuulna küla|
|Lisette Helena Maranik||12||Pärnumaa|
|Gert Martin Kadastik||13||Tallinn|
|Iris Viktoria Karjapolik||14||Tallinn|
The invitations have been posted to the winners. Please let us know if you haven't received yours by June 4.
UK and ESTONIA FRIENDSHIP
- Estonian independence – the UK played an important role in the process of establishing an independent Estonian republic. We recognised Estonia’s provisional government in May 1918. Later that year the British Royal Navy came to help fight for Estonia’s independence and to bring arms and food and other supplies. British troops have fought alongside Estonian soldiers in Afghanistan, and are now here to help defend Estonia’s independence alongside our NATO allies.
- People to people – many Estonian’s have made the UK their home over the years and vice versa. Around 12,000 Estonians, including many students, are currently living in the UK and 1,200 Brits in Estonia. An estimated 115,000 people visit Estonia from Britain every year.
- Diplomatic - Estonia and the UK share a similar world view and values. The UK never recognised the occupations of Estonia and was a champion of Estonia’s entry into both NATO and the EU.
- Digital – both our countries are frontrunners in areas relating to digital matters (members of Digital 7 etc).
- Culture – there are strong cultural and education links, for example in the literary, music and performing arts scenes, and Estonia will have a prominent stand at this year’s London Book Fair. We share a similar sense of humour. British pop music and TV has been enjoyed in Estonia, even in times when it was officially forbidden!
- Sports – Estonian international footballer Ragnar Klavan has played for Liverpool FC since 2016. Wife carrying, popular in Estonia, also has British enthusiasts - Jack McKendrick & Kirsti Jones are the current UK wife carrying champions.
- Trade – there are important and growing links between our countries, including in the tech and finance sectors. Direct flight connections between the two capitals are better than ever before with British Airways entering the market in 2017 and five carriers offering direct flights to London as of spring 2018. Starship, Jaguar Land Rover, Virgin Hyperloop, Tesco, Zaha Hadid Architects are some of the companies promoting trade links between the two countries.