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President of the National Council of Switzerland arrives on a visit to Estonia

NordenBladet — On Friday, Moret will meet with the President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas and members of the Estonia-Switzerland Parliamentary Group. She will also meet with the Deputy Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Riina Sikkut.   The

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Estonia: President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas: Supreme Court acknowledged the work of the Riigikogu

NordenBladet — President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas welcomed today’s judgment of the Supreme Court of Estonia, according to which the mandatory funded pension reform was not unconstitutional. “With this judgment, the Supreme Court expressed its high

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Estonia: The Bill amending the Place Names Act passed the second reading in the Riigikogu

NordenBladet — The Bill that passed the second reading will change the functions of the Place Names Board in the resolution of place name disputes. Under the Bill on Amendments to the Place Names Act (186 SE), initiated by the

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Estonia: Foreign Affairs Committee starts discussing Arctic issues

NordenBladet — The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) starts discussions on the Arctic issues. In order to get background information for the discussions, the Committee decided to commission a study that would provide an overview of

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Iceland: Mál og Menning Book Store permanently closed after 59 years

NordenBladet – Most people who have visited Reykjavík are no doubt familiar with the Mál og Menning book store, at Laugavegur 18. On Friday, it was announced that the store has been permanently closed. “The day Laugavegur became a pedestrian

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UN Secretary General to meet with Nordic Council on COVID-19

NordenBladet – The UN Secretary General António Guterres is to meet with the Nordic Council on 27 October and share his thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis. The Nordic prime ministers and heads of government will also join in the online

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Estonia: Põlluaas in Finno-Ugric Day greeting to Finnish and Hungarian Speakers: multiplicity of cultures has a decisive role in preserving and strengthening of civilizations

NordenBladet — Today, on the Finno-Ugric Day, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas sent a video greeting to the Speakers of the Parliaments of Finland and Hungary. He pointed out that multiplicity of cultures had a decisive

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Iceland: One COVID-19-Related Death in Iceland

NordenBladet – One death from COVID-19 was announced on the website of Landspítali National University Hospital today – the first such death in Iceland during this wave of the disease. Ten people died during the first wave of the disease

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Norway: King Harald reveals pandemic made one royal tradition even more important to him

NordenBladet – This year, the Royal families of Europe have faced, along with all of us, a new type of crisis, a global pandemic. In a new book about King Harald which will be published in Norway this autumn, the

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Estonian and Finnish Speakers discussed bilateral and international relations

NordenBladet — President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas discussed bilateral relations with Finland, regional security and political situation in East Europe with Speaker of Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) Anu Vehviläinen at a video conference today. “If you

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Iceland: Will Icelandic Naming Committee Be Abolished?

NordenBladet – Iceland has long been known for its Naming Committee – a committee of three people and three substitutes whose role it is to determine which personal names are to be approved and which ones rejected in the country.

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Estonia: Prime Minister made a political statement in connection with the submission of the development strategy “Estonia 2035”

NordenBladet — Prime Minister Jüri Ratas made a political statement in connection with the submission of the national long-term development strategy “Estonia 2035” to the Riigikogu. Ratas said that the strategy had been drafted with the help of nearly 17,000

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Estonia: Bill organising the Railways Act passed the second reading in the Riigikogu

NordenBladet — The Bill that passed the second reading will amend the Railways Act by including provisions arising from directives and by specifying domestic provisions, besides changing the text and structure of the current Act. According to the explanatory memorandum

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Norway: King Harald discharged from hospital following successful heart surgery

NordenBladet – His Majesty King Harald of Norway was discharged from hospital on Monday following his successful heart-operation last Friday. The news was announced in a press release form the Royal Court on Monday afternoon. The full statement form the

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Chairs of parliamentary foreign affairs committees of Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary discussed regional cooperation

NordenBladet — At the video conference today, chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary discussed international and regional cooperation. The discussion focused on the developments in Belarus, the conflict

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Sweden: Crown Princess Victoria pushes for transformation of global seafood industry

NordenBladet – Crown Princess Victoria participated in a virtual keystone dialogue with the seafood industry and ocean experts to discuss sustainable fishing practices this week. In a speech where she advocated for sustainable fishing, Crown Princess Victoria said: “Transforming the

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