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On Citizen’s Day, Foreign Ministry honours people’s diplomacy

27. November 2017 - 11:11


On Sunday, 26 November, a day dedicated to civic rights and responsibilities in Estonia, the Foreign Ministry bestowed certificates on people who have championed Estonia around the world.

“Estonia has been extremely fortunate in that it has so many good friends all over the world who advocate for it. These diligent people help Estonia stand out, by introducing our people, traditions and history and promoting our language and culture,” said Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. “I thank and recognize everyone who has made a contribution and I wish them continued enthusiasm. Through our efforts, the Estonian flag keeps flying high.”

This is the eighth time the Foreign Ministry is handing out letters of commendation on Citizen’s Day. The distinction is awarded to people or civic organisations who have rendered longstanding and distinguished voluntary service in preserving and promoting the Estonian culture, language and ethos, helping to foster a good reputation for Estonia in their countries of residence.

Citizen’s Day is celebrated on 26 November as it is the anniversary of the day in 1918 on which the Provisional Assembly issued an edict on Estonian citizenship. The day is dedicated to Estonian citizens, their rights and responsibilities and its purpose is to promote civic status and promote pride in being a citizen.

The Foreign Ministry thanks and recognises the following individuals and organisations:

Jaanus Johanson, for upholding the Estonian spirit in Latvia

The Estonian School in Oslo for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in Norway

Eha Võõras-Aydýn and Ceyhun Aydýn, for introducing Estonian literature in Turkey

Reet Mae and Tom Mae, for their dedication to documenting Estonian cultural traditions on film footage

Ülle Veltmann, for her longstanding commitment to championing Estonian food culture in Toronto

Maimu Möldre, for promoting the Estonian cultural memory and academic thought in Canada

Tõnu Onu, for active and reliable work in promoting Estonia in Canada

Dmitri Bertman, for promoting cultural relations between Estonia and Russia

The Estniska Kulturskolan i Stockholm, for keeping the Estonian language and culture strong in Sweden

Virve Raag and Raimo Raag, for their years-long, consistent efforts in organizing Estonian-language study in Sweden

Tiit Pädam, for preserving and carrying on the Estonian language, culture and traditions in Sweden

Hideko Arai, for longstanding and productive efforts to introduce the Estonian culture in Japan

Ave Abram, for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in France

The Ecole Estonienne de Strasbourg, for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in France

Moonika Õis, for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in France

Maaja Kronberg, for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in France

The Ecole Estonienne in Paris, for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in France

West Coast Estonian Festival team, for the successful preparations and organization of the festival in 2017

Mare Litnevska, for her dedication to preserving the Estonian language and culture and promoting community activity in Ukraine

Maris Ann Reinson, for longstanding and multifaceted work introducing the Estonian culture and keeping up the Estonian ethos in Finland

Anne Ala-Honkola, for longstanding, multifaceted efforts introducing Estonian culture in Finland

Dagmar Õunap, for maintaining Estonian music culture and organizing concert activity in Finland

Kati Simpson and Erik Simpson, for committed and consistent work importing Estonian theatrical arts to Belgium

Heli Jakobson, for longstanding commitment to introducing Estonian music culture in Antwerp

The Estonian School in Belgium, for preserving and promoting the Estonian language and ethos in Belgium

Additional information:

Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
press@mfa.ee
56675362

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