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President Kaljulaid in Ida-Virumaa: Estonia is a single community


President Kersti Kaljulaid made her first domestic visit yesterday and today. She paid visits to enterprises and institutions in Lääne and Ida-Virumaa and met with local officials and representatives of the third sector.

"I am often asked in Tallinn what we should do about Ida-Virumaa, what should we do about Narva. Here, in this very location, the question seems odd. Ida-Virumaa is one of the counties of Estonian, Narva is an Estonian towns. This is not a hostile, Russified and thoroughly neglected region," emphasised the Head of State.

"Yes indeed, average wages are a bit lower here, and there are also several other problems, but could anyone show me a region without problems? I would like more people to notice things that are well and good in Virumaa and there are many of these; the development is visible for all to see," President Kaljulaid added.

During the visit, the President of the Republic was often asked how to merge two communities. She disagrees with an approach where language is used as the basis to segregate people into different communities. "The Estonian language is taught in all crèches and nursery schools in Narva. Estonian people represent a single community. This includes people who speak different languages, people with different ideologies, backgrounds and education. It is not right to segregate a community solely on the basis of one's native language," added President Kaljulaid.

During her visit, President Kaljulaid visited Palmse Mehaanikakoda OÜ, Estonian Celli AS, Eastman Specialities AS, Aqua Sports Centre, Ida-Virumaa Women's Support Centre-Shelter, Viru Infantry Battalion, Lääne-Viru county government, Narva cordon of the Police and Border Guard Board, Narva College of University of Tartu, Narva studio of Estonian Public Broadcasting and she also met with local officials in both counties.

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