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Postimees - Estonia | 27/10/2009

Estonia's success down to its culture

The daily Postimees sees Estonia's culture as the reason for its positive development: "Despite the economic crisis Estonia is in many respects a strong country, above all in comparison to other former Soviet republics. Estonia's culture is the foundation on which this strength is based, not the luxury we permit ourselves in good times. Estonia's great advantage over many other post-communist states is its well-developed institutions, which for the most part work efficiently and are not corrupt. But the reason why we have a trustworthy police force and more honest courts than fellow sufferers is our Estonian culture. And we're not just talking about the theatres or libraries here, but people's values. … We only began to construct our state in 1991, but in this process many people were included who had a special awareness of their nationality and for whom being Estonian meant being honest, industrious, dutiful and ambitious."

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