On 26 November, Estonian Citizen’s Day, the Foreign Ministry awarded letters of appreciation to people and civic organizations who have championed Estonia around the world.
“Endeavours taking place outside of Estonia have always had a major part to play in furthering the Estonian cause. We’re glad to see that there is such a great number of industrious passionate people for whom advancing Estonian language and culture in the country of their location is a labour of love – so that our culture would be loved, our language appreciated, our mindset understood,” said Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. “I thank and recognise all who have done their part. I am particularly pleased to recognise citizen diplomats this year when we also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonian diplomacy,” he added.
The Foreign Ministry handed out the letters of appreciation for people’s diplomacy for the ninth time. The letters were awarded to individuals or civic organizations for long-term, distinguished efforts to preserve the Estonian language, culture and spirit, and have helped to promote a positive image of Estonia in their countries of location.
Citizen’s Day is marked on 26 November, as it was on this day in 1918 that the Provincial Assembly issued an edict on Estonian citizenship. Citizen’s Day is dedicated to Estonian citizens,their rights and responsibilities, and its goal is to bolster awareness of citizenship status and raise civic pride.
The Foreign Ministry thanks and acknowledges the following individuals and associations:
James Rice for dedicated and long-term activity in support of Estonian causes in the US
Anu Oinas for popularising Estonian culture and leading the Pillerkaar folk dance troupe in the US
KLENKKLENK for long-term activity and preservation of Estonian culture and causes in the US
Karin Gresser for introducing Estonian culture in France
Erik Harremoes for years of dedicated work and for providing multifaceted support at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the Council of Europe in organizing Estonian cultural events in Strasbourg
The Salzburg Estonian Society for maintaining and introducing Estonian language and culture in Austria
Indrek Ott for his dedication to introducing Estonia, and preserving and promoting Estonian causes in Australia
The Viikingid folk dance troupe for promoting Estonian culture in Norway
The Trondheimi Trollid folk dance troupe for introducing Estonian culture in Norway
Riina Mai Noodapera for keeping Estonian language and spirit alive on Gotland
Evelin Tamm for introducing and promoting Estonia-related research activity in Sweden
The Triinu Estonian Folk Art Hobby Circle for maintaining and promoting Estonian national handicraft traditions in Sweden
Riina Mattila for devoted activity in the field of child protection in Estonia and Finland
Annika Lumi for years of promoting musical education for Estonian children and Estonian choral music in Finland
Silver Lumi for years of promoting musical education for Estonian children and Estonian choral music in Finland
Pekka Linnainen for noteworthy dedication in preservation of Estonian history and culture in Finland
The Estonian Society in Lithuania for preserving and promoting Estonian causes in Lithuania
Liia Urman for preserving and introducing Estonian culture in Lithuania
Dmitri Harakka-Zaitsev for his dedication in introducing Estonian culture in Russia
The Estonian Heritage Society for introducing Estonian history and culture in Russia and around the world
Iivi Zajedova for her active contribution to promoting and introducing Estonian causes in the Czech Republic
Piret Noorhani for her efforts in Canada to organize archive materials on the history of Estonians
Kristi Sau Daughty for organizing the EstDocs film festival in Canada
Nellija Kleinberga for her long-term activity in nurturing relations between the cities of Põltsamaa in Estonia and Skrunda in Latvia
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