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Andorra

last updated: 06.11.2017
 
 

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Estonia and the Principality of Andorra were established on 11 April 1996.

In 2001 Ruth Lausma Luik was named the first Estonian ambassador to the Principality of Andorra. From 2005-2009 the ambassador was Andres Rundu, from 2009-2014 Toomas Kahur. The current ambassador, Rasmus Lumi, has held the post since 15 May 2015 and resides in Madrid.

Andorra’s first ambassador to Estonia was Jaume Gaytán Sansa, who resided in Lisbon and held the position from 2008-2009. Currently there is no ambassador appointed to Estonia, but as of 19 July 2014 Cristina Mota Gouveia has been the non-residing chargé d’affaires of Andorra to Estonia.

In 2012 Estonia appointed Antoni d’Ortodó Lloveras-Puig its honorary consul in Andorra. The honorary consulate was officially opened on 11 April 2013 by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Lauri Bambus and Ambassador Toomas Kahur.

The last high level meeting took place on 21.09.2017, when President Kersti Kaljulaid met Prime Minister Antoni Martí Petit on the margins of the 2017 United Nations General Assembly.

Economic relations

Economic relations between Estonia and Andorra are minimal. Due to the structure of Andorra’s economy and also the country’s small size, Estonian bussinesses have not shown much interest in the country. According to data from Statistics Estonia, Andorra was Estonia’s 173th  trading partner in 2016. As of the first 6 months of 2017, Andorra was Estonia's 171st trading partner.

For Estonians, Andorra is a winter travel destination. Thanks to the opening of a direct flight route to Barcelona, the number of Estonian tourists visiting Andorra has steadily increased.

Cultural relations

 

In July 2007 the embassy in co-operation with the Foreign Ministry of Andorra organised the first-ever cultural event in the history of Estonia-Andorra diplomatic relations – a concert by the Arsis Bell Ensemble.

The 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia was successfully celebrated in Andorra. On 1 March 2008 the ETV Girls’ Choir directed by Aarne Saluveer gave a concert in Andorra’s biggest concert hall, the National Auditorium. Guests at the reception held after the concert included members of Andorra’s government and parliament and representatives of business and cultural circles. The anniversary event was also covered quite extensively by the media.

In July 2013 the Estonian girl’s choir Ellerhein toured Andorra and Spain and gave concerts at the church of the Andorran patron saint Our Lady of Meritxelli, in the town of Vic in Catalonia, and in the conservatories of Madrid and Burgos.

In June 2014, the exhibition "Estonian lighthouses through the ages", organized by the Museum of Estonian Architecture, was held in the lobby of the Caldea Water Center.

In November 2017, a photo exhibition titled "Estonian landscapes: 4 seasons" was opened in Andorra la Vella. 

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