Speeches

New Year’s Eve message from the President of the Republic

Dear residents of Pärnu, beloved people of Estonia!
Long live Pärnu, the birthplace of Estonian independence!

In just a few minutes, we will give the Republic of Estonia’s national centenary year a cordial send-off and ring in a year dedicated to the Estonian language. Although the centenary year is packing up its tent, the celebrations of our beloved republic’s birthday will last for some time to come.

Tonight’s celebration will reach all corners of our land,  exactly as the centenary year reached the forests of Kurgja, the streets of Tartu, Virumaa and Võrumaa alike, and hopefully every house and home in Estonia. I hope that during this past year, everyone found moments to cheer and reasons to stand proud and united.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this centenary year a success. It was awe-inspiring!

The year about to begin is the year of the Estonian language. Listening and speaking, arguing, agreeing or not agreeing – all are best done in one’s native tongue. Only we can fully comprehend references to Tammsaare, Luts and Kivirähk. This is our secret language, which only one million of our compatriots understand.

It is our solemn duty to ensure that the number of speakers of Estonian grows and does not shrink. Everyone who considers the language theirs has something to gain from it.

It is gratifying to see that Estonia is more prosperous than ever before. Viewed objectively, we are indeed doing better and better. The concern is that not everyone has the same perception. A single mother raising a disabled child might not share in this feeling. Or elderly people in the twilight of their lives – in nursing homes or solitary apartments. Those who have endured violence – either for years or even just on one occasion – may also be deprived of this sense of prosperity.

Do those of us who are weaker feel included? Or do they feel abandoned at a time when Estonia is truly better off than before? This is a question that deserves to be asked, even on this celebratory evening.

Because they are all part of who we are. People who are content with the way things are going, and those who feel that the success story of Estonia has not reached them yet. Those who think that this is the Estonia we wanted all this time, and those who think that there is still some way to go before we get there.

31.12.2018

 

News

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President Kaljulaid discussed cooperation between the two states with her Benin colleague

President Kaljulaid discussed cooperation between the two states with her Benin colleague

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