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Estonia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

Estonian cultural associations exist in numerous countries all over the world – Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, the Republic of South Africa, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Belorussia. Especially active are the historical communities formed by the Estonian emigrants of the Second World War, which are located in Sweden, Finland, Canada, Australia, the USA, and Russia. Some of these communities continue to organise literary and visual arts events and publish books, as well as magazines and newspapers. Active Estonian migrant communities that meet regularly and organise cultural events to sustain their traditions exist for instance in bigger European capitals such as Brussels and London. In Helsinki, Finland, a newly opened Estonian cultural centre acts as a hotbed for events making Estonian culture visible. According to a research report published in January 2012, the more than 30 000 Estonians residing in Finland continue to follow Estonian cultural and social life keenly by means of the Internet, Estonian television, and visits to their home country.

In 2010 a large exhibition "Estonian Art in Exile" was organised in collaboration between the Kumu Art Museum and Tartu Art Museum, which introduced art of the Estonian diaspora communities in Sweden, Canada and US which aimed to reinterpret the diaspora identity from a new perspective.

The Ministry of Culture also supports cultural activities of minority communities and the diaspora communities. The Ministry of Education has established special scholarships (Compatriots programme) to support studies of the Estonian language and culture for second-generation émigrés from Estonia, which are facilitated by the Archimedes Foundation.  

Chapter published: 13-10-2014

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