Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Estonia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Estonia: Law change to award vocational higher education graduates bachelor degrees

Currently those successfully completing advanced, tertiary-level courses in professional or vocational subjects have secured a qualification called a “diploma in education” …

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Estonia: Labour cost Q1 2019

Over the year to Q1 2019, average monthly labour costs in Estonia increased by 7 …

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Estonia: Average monthly gross income per employee increased by 6.8%

In 2018, average gross monthly earnings increased by 6 …

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Estonia: Law of Ship Flag and Ship Registers Act, the Income Tax Act and related laws passed second reading

The Economic Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament has passed the “Law of Ship Flag and Ship Registers Act, the Income Tax Act and related laws” at second reading …

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Estonia: Minimum wage increased

The minimum wage has risen from €500 (US$565) to €540(US$610) per month with immediate effect …

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Estonia: Danske Bank head quits after giant money laundering scandal

It is now almost 4 years since a whistleblower at Danske Bank in Estonia alerted the company to the existence of widescale money laundering in the country branch of the bank …

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Estonia: A draft law to implement GDPR withdrawn after a wave of criticism

A draft law to implement GDPR (the “General Data Protection Regulations”) sent by the Estonian Ministry of Justice to the Parliament in April 2018 has been withdrawn after a wave of criticism by the public and journalists …

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Estonia: Interest in a digital nomad visa?

The Ministry of Interior is planning to develop a “digital nomad visa”, which would enable people from all over the world to work and travel in Estonia for a year and allow them to visit 25 other countries in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days …

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Estonia: Minimum wage agreement

On October the 26th 2017, the Estonian Employers’ Confederation and the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL) signed a minimum wage agreement …

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Estonia: Amendment to the Labour Disputes Act

An amendment to the Labour Disputes Act will further simplify the settlement of individual and some collective claims through Employment Disputes Committees …

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Estonia: The rise in pay continued to decelerate

During the first quarter of 2017 average monthly gross pay stood at 1,153 euros ($US 1,297) and the average hourly pay at 7 …

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Estonia: Unemployment rate

In the first quarter of 2017, the unemployment rate was significantly lower for Estonian nationals (4 …

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Estonia: Average gross hourly earnings

In October 2016, the average gross hourly earnings  – without irregular bonuses and premiums – were 6 …

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Estonia: Major jump in real earnings

Over the year to Q3 2016 average gross monthly wages and salaries rose in Estonia by 7 …

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Estonia: Bid to attract foreign workers and investors

Unlike many other European countries the population of the Baltic state of Estonia has been shrinking for many years …

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