The future is here: Self-driving minibuses in the streets of Tallinn by 2017

Estonia will be holding the presidency of the EU for its first time during the second half of 2017. As such, it’s expected that the number of foreign officials visiting Estonia will increase exponentially. This is a unique opportunity to present the tech-savvy nature of Estonians.

With approximately 20 high-level events due to take place, as well as up to 12 unofficial meetings of various ministers from all over Europe, it is important to show the world what Estonia has to offer, what the country can do and how Europe could benefit from our actions.


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Places To Visit In Estonia And Travel Tips

Estonia is an authentic experience: what to know before visiting this country

Estonia is a country with a rich history, diverse culture and many experiences waiting for the travellers.  Throughout the history Estonia has adopted different traits from the neighbouring countries, thus forming a unique destination in the Baltic area.  This country has topped several travelling lists by the quality of experience, thus here are some local tips and advice to help you discover Estonia from a different angle.


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Portuguese Airline to Connect Tallinn with Lisbon, Africa and South America

Portuguese airline TAP will begin operating a route from Tallinn to Lisbon in summer, opening connections to many African and South American destinations.

Tallinn Airport board member Erik Sakkov confirmed the new connection in a press release on Sunday, adding that the exact timetable would soon be unveiled.

Sakkov said that the five-hour flight, which will be the longest direct flight from Tallinn, will open many opportunities to Estonian holiday and business travelers, including a more convenient way to reach the upcoming football World Cup in Brazil.

TAP flies to 76 destinations in 34 countries and has a 71-strong fleet. It is expected to use Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft for the Tallinn flight.

Source: ERR News

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Tallinn’s Two Transport Agencies To Be Merged

The two major public transport companies in Tallinn, Estonia, are to be merged, according to a report by Ott Tammik on the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) English language site.

The Tallinn Bus Company (TAK) and the Tallinn Tram and Trolley company will be merged into one, making a saving of some 10 million Euros per year, according to the report.

This rationalisation will see a streamlining both in the transport routes themselves (with 47 of the 103 trolleybuses to be replaced by, presumably more reliable, buses) and also in administration, avoiding duplication in management, accounting, personnel and IT, according to the report. However, the number of trams will actually increase, with a fourth route being added (the trams system currently stretches East to West from Lasnamäe to Kopli, and from Kadriorg to Kopli, with an additional stretch southwards to Tondi).

The decision was announced by Deputy Mayor Arvo Sarapuu and comes just a few months after the referendum which decided the provision of free public transport to all registered Tallinn residents, starting in 2013.

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Tallinn Gets First Electric Car Charging Station, Rest Of Estonia To Follow

Estonia blazes the trail to the future once again as the first ever fast charging system for electric cars has been installed in Tallinn, Estonia, according to a report on the Estonian Press Digest from News2biz.

The 51 DC Terra fast charger, installed at the innovation centre at Ülemiste City in Tallinn, requires a much shorter space of time than slower chargers, which would normally require several hours. It is the first of a planned 200 charging stations to be rolled out throughout Estonia by the autumn of 2012 by ABB (the leading power and automation technology group) KredEx (a Government-initiated organization which helps both companies and individuals with financial opportunities) and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Further to this, the Estonian state has purchased over 500 Mitsubishi IMiEV vehicles for public sector employees.

As regards private users, who have been slower on the uptake, new incentives are also in the offing. A growing range of models is already under way, with the Nissan Leaf plugging the gap for electric family cars (most other models were seen as being too small). Peugeot, Citroen and Mitsubishi as noted are other major players, and most outlets have been dropping their prices in the competition to find buyers.

Furthermore, it is likely that both national and regional Government will provide incentives to buy electric cars, including subsidies and reduced, or completely waived, parking fees in city centres, not to mention the already cheaper running costs the electric cars offer.

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