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Monday, February 19, 2018

It seemed a bad omen: Estonia first met the New year without the national anthem

For the first time after the restoration of Estonia’s independence 27 years ago, the inhabitants of the country after a new year’s congratulation of the President not heard of the national anthem – sounded Patriotic songs performed by singer Ivo Linna, writes Postimees.

Conductor tõnu Kaljuste wrote in social networks that before, until there was a tradition to sing a hymn in Tallinn, Estonians listened to him on Finnish TV. He asked the Chairman of the Board of Estonian public broadcasting ERR Rhine Weidemann, whether back to those days.

Weidemann reported that the lack of the anthem for the first time in 27 years appeared to him to be “alienating and scary, even a bad omen”. He noted that he did not know why it happened, and I intend to find out from the Executive Directors of the Estonian television ETV.


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