Recent news

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

Estonia: Employers and unions agree to freeze minimum wage

The Estonian Employers’ Confederation have agreed with the country’s Trade Union Confederation to freeze the monthly gross minimum wage at 584 euros (US$690) next year …

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Estonia: Health and safety violations

As the metal industry is the highest source of industrial accidents in Estonia, the labour inspectorate decided recently to conduct an intensive inspection of 75 business premises across the sector …

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Estonia: Reforms of the Alien’s Act

Reforms of the Alien’s Act have now come into force, principally relating to workers on short-term visas …

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Estonia: Digital nomad visa launched

Whilst the UK tax authorities are seeking to penalise many freelance workers, Estonia is creating a new free environment to allow many third-country (and British) contractors to operate there …

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Estonia: More and more men receiving parental benefit in 2019

In 2019, 27,989 women and 3,920 men received parental benefit …

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Estonia: Quarantine is optional

The country’s borders are now open to those from other EU member states …

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Estonia: Government extends wage compensation measure to cover June

The government has now extended its wage compensation measure until the end of June 2020 …

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Estonia: Quarter of employers have reduced basic salaries in recent months

A survey of 698 employers, undertaken by the Wage Information Agency between February and April 2020, found that around a quarter had reduced basic wages of employees by an average of 21% to 30% …

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Estonia: Main changes upon submission of income tax return

This year, the due date for submission of tax returns is April 30th …

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Estonia: Tax incentive for commuting public transport expenses

Employers may now reimburse commuting public transport costs (other than taxis) without giving rise to a taxable benefit …

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Estonia: President did not proclaim pension reform law

Although the Riigikogu (state Parliament) passed the pension reform law on the 29th of January 2020, it has been rejected by President Kersti Kaljulaid …

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Estonia: Government supports draft digital nomad visa bill

In early 2018, we reported that the Ministry of Interior was planning to develop a “digital nomad visa” …

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Estonia: Average gross monthly pay in Q3 2019

Over the year to Q3 2019, the average gross monthly pay in Estonia increased by 8 …

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Estonia: Government endorses 1,314 immigration quota for 2020

The Government of Estonia has set the immigration quota for 2020 at 0 …

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Estonia: Gender pay gap continues to be present in all economic activities

According to the latest available gender pay gap data, in October 2018, the biggest pay gap was in the financial and insurance sector (32 …

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