Yep, and they in the EU, not like us.That's nuttin! My school playground looked like that in 1963, been there, done that
So is Estonia actually a real place then? If it is - where is it?
Language problems eh? They're just as bad as the Welsh
And 'the highest level of Internet freedom in the world'.
Well there's a thing.
Lots of trees.
But do they have any decent pie & mash shops?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonian_nationality_law#By_naturalisationThe legacy of the Soviet years has left a mark which the country carries with it into its EU era: Many Russian-speakers complain of discrimination, saying strict language laws make it hard to get jobs or citizenship without proficiency in Estonian. Some Russian-speakers who were born in Estonia are either unable or unwilling to become citizens because of the language requirements.
I do wish the BBC would get their facts right. If you were born in Estonia and went to school there you would be proficient in Estonian as it is the first language taught, so the last sentence in the bbc quote is just plain bo**ocks.By naturalisation
Those seeking to become Estonian citizens via naturalisation require to fulfill the following criteria:
Those who have committed serious crimes or are foreign military personnel on active duty are ineligible to seek naturalisation as an Estonian citizen.
- applicant is aged 15 or over
- resided in Estonia legally for at least five years
- be familiar in the Estonian language. People who have graduated from an Estonian-speaking high school or an institute of higher education are assumed to fulfill this criterion without the need to take a full examination.
- take an examination demonstrating familiarity with the Estonian Constitution
- showing a demonstrated means of support
- taking an oath of loyalty
Now that is a good question.As to discrimination of the Russians. What do they expect.
After the War, an Estonian living in ruined Tallinn experienced difficulty with cockroaches. He went to a friend, asking for advice on how to remedy the problem. “I have a clockwork cockroach here,” the friend explained. “Just wind it up and let it loose in your apartment, all the other cockroaches will follow it out the door.”
A week later, the man came back. “Do you have any clockwork Russians?”
Cold-War-era Estonian joke: “We are the biggest country
in the world. Our coastline’s on the Baltic, our capital is Moscow, and our
population’s in Siberia!”
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