The state of Estonia’s forests is the best in a centuryEconomy
- Estonia has fewer HIV-positive people than thoughtHealthEstonia's first place in Europe in terms of HIV-positive people per capita is among the country's most tragic calling cards and one it might not soon leave behind as doctors say the capacity to find HIV-positive people is still not sufficient. Estonia has registered 9,492 HIV-positive people as from December 30, which is the figure used everywhere.
- Editorial: Estonians up in armsOpinionEstonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
- Adviser to Rõivas not backing down on excise riseEconomyContradicting the everyday experience of Estonians getting cheap alcohol from Valka, Latvia right across the border, adviser to Prime Minister on economy and finances Martin Lindpere cites statistics to prove the price levels of Estonia and Latvia do not differ much. Also, he assures us that Taavi Rõivas has entered no contract in the interests of Alko, the Finnish monopoly, to level vodka prices between the neighbouring nations.
- Editorial: a safer lifeOpinionYesterday, justice ministry released crime statistics regarding 2015 revealing a decline in crimes committed in Estonia. At that, it is somewhat deceptive with some indicators as 2015 saw the distinction between misdemeanor and crime from €64 to €200. Thus, they registered 32,500 crimes in Estonia in 2015 which is by nearly 5,000 less year-on-year. The decrease is largely due to the altered standards.