Speeches

At the Estonian Independence Day, Paide Music and Theater Hall

One mouth, as old
as dearest soil;
and a thoughtful face
so furrowed.

And a thoughtful face,
so honest;
so quiet, pained,
and speechless.

That was by Juhan Liiv, the most genuine and deeply-rooted embodiment of Estonian pain poetry. May the lines be in remembrance of the years the coronavirus took away from the people of Estonia; of years left unlived. They would have been brimming with wisdom – precious sharing, precious gathering, precious time spent together.

The coronavirus is robbing the Estonian people of a sizeable body of our elders’ wisdom. And not only that part which is permanent. It has also taken away the hours we now cannot spend sitting face to face with our older relatives and friends, enjoying a simple cup of tea. I have felt the absence of those conversations acutely. Everyday things spoken with wisdom are often a crucial source of support and guidance, even if we do not realize it under ordinary circumstances. We have now.
And we are that much richer for it in turn.

Yet not all of the bad can be turned to good. Loss of life is irrevocable. Lost weeks of school cannot be regained. Things one would’ve liked to discuss at length with their grandmother are forgotten by the time we’re able to visit again.
But hard times can make us better. And good people in Estonia can make bad times better.

Every person in Estonia working together can lead us out of this crisis. Yes, vaccination is voluntary, but even now, at a time when there is still not enough for everyone, there are too many people who could receive the vaccine but do not wish to. We must trust the scientists and doctors who have declared the vaccines to be safe!

24.02.2021

 

News

152 people receive Estonian state decorations

President Kersti Kaljulaid bestows Estonian state decorations to 152 people whose dedication to their work and community have made life in Estonia better.

23.02.2021

 

President Kaljulaid withdraws her bid for the position of the Secretary General of the OECD

President Kersti Kaljulaid, proposed as the Estonian candidate for the position of the Secretary General of the OECD by the Estonian Foreign Ministry in October, announced today that she withdraws her bid for the position of the Secretary General of the OECD.

“OECD is a consensual organisation and the main aim was to choose for the next Secretary General the candidate, who has the widest support. Consultations with different OECD member states have led to the conclusion that for several countries me taking the position after the end of my term as President of Estonia would not be the best solution in these turbulent times. Therefore I will withdraw my candidacy,” President Kaljulaid said.

26.01.2021

 

The President of the Republic appointed the new government of Kaja Kallas

The President of the Republic appointed the new government of Kaja Kallas

This morning at sunrise in Kadriorg, President Kersti Kaljulaid appointed the new government of Kaja Kallas, wishing the new government as a whole and each of its ministers wealth of ambition in their area of ​​government. " I believe that this government will listen to and trust the people of Estonia, regardless of whether they voted for them or whether their sympathies lie with the opposition - this government must be the government of all Estonian people. The 70 votes of confidence in the Riigikogu speak to this," the Head of State added.

26.01.2021