ESTONIA: Estonia marked its 105th Independence Day on February 24th with celebrations across the country. The day is significant for the Baltic nation, symbolising its long and tumultuous journey to independence.
Estonia’s path to independence was not an easy one. After centuries of foreign rule, including a period of Soviet occupation that lasted more than four decades, Estonia finally declared its independence on February 24th, 1918.
Various foreign powers occupied Estonia for centuries, including Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and Russia.
It declared independence in 1918, but the Soviet Union soon occupied it in 1940, followed by Nazi Germany in 1941.
Soviet forces liberated the country in 1944, but Estonia remained under Soviet control.
It wasn’t until 1991, after a period of unrest and protest, that Estonia regained its independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Since then, the country has made significant strides in building a democratic and prosperous society.
In Tallinn, the capital city, celebrations began early in the morning with a flag-raising ceremony at Toompea Castle.
Government officials, members of the military, and thousands of Estonians who came out to celebrate their country’s independence attended the ceremony.
Throughout the day, various events took place across the country, including concerts, parades, and fireworks displays.
Many Estonians also took the opportunity to reflect on the country’s past and journey to independence.
In recent years, Estonia has become known for its advancements in technology and innovation.
The country has embraced digitalization, and its e-government system is one of the most advanced in the world. Digital advancements have helped to drive economic growth and improve the lives of Estonians.
However, Estonia’s journey to independence and its subsequent success are not just about technology and innovation.
It is also about the strength and resilience of its people, who have overcome significant challenges to build a better future for themselves and future generations.
In a statement marking the occasion, Estonian President Alar Karis emphasised the importance of remembering the past while looking towards the future.
The Estonian flag, which features three horizontal stripes in blue, black, and white, is synonymous with the country’s independence and national pride.
As Estonia celebrates its 105th Independence Day, the country’s journey serves as an inspiration to others who are striving for freedom and democracy.
Despite the challenges it has faced, Estonia has shown that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible.
As the celebrations wind down and Estonians return to their daily lives, they can take pride in knowing that their country has come a long way since it declared independence over a century ago.
The road ahead may still be long, but with the spirit of independence and a strong sense of national pride, Estonia will continue towards a brighter future.
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