Leiu Heapost: How to Identify an Estonian?

Leiu Heapost, senior research fellow at the TU Institute of History explains the difference between Estonians and other Finno-Ugric people, website of Tallinn University reports.

“Physical Anthropology of Finno-Ugric peoples” (“Soome-ugri rahvaste füüsiline antropoloogia”), a book originally written by Karin Mark and edited by Leiu Heapost, has recently been published.

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Jobbik condemns Romanian authoritarianism

Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary finds it outrageous that Dorin Florea, the mayor of Marosvásárhely banned the pro-autonomy demonstrations organized for the Szekler Liberty Day this year, in 2016 and 2017 as well, website Jobbic.com reports. Mayor Florea's decision violates the constitution of Romania as well as citizens' right to freedom of assembly and is a clear indication that Romania still has a "Hungarian issue", contrary to what President Klaus Iohannis says.

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Petőfi Program supporting dispersed Hungarian populations in the Carpathian Basin is launched

At a press conference held in Budapest on 12 March, State Secretary for Hungarian communities abroad Árpád János Potápi announced that the Hungarian Government’s new program named Petőfi Sándor Program would be launched on 15 March, Hungarian Register reports. The aim of the program is to stop the assimilation of Hungarian communities living in dispersed populations in the Carpathian Basin.

 

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Hungarian foreign policy has to be adjusted to the new world order

At an extraordinary general meeting of ambassadors of Hungary, Viktor Orbán defined the basis of Hungarian foreign policy doctrine – independent foreign policy based on national interests – by saying that Hungary is not looking for uniformity of interests with influential countries, but the aim is to ensure that Hungarian success is in other countries’ interests.

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Teaching of the native language is under the threat

The head of center of ethnocultural strategy of Federal institute's formation of a development of education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Artemenko tells that a number of schools with training in the native languages from 2002 to 2010 was reduced three times, and a number of the children who are trained in them by 3,5 times, "National accent" reports.

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The Komi Republic is ready to hold the 35th Masters World Cup cross country ski

The World Cup among the masters on ski in Syktyvkar it is the largest competitions among the athletes who already finished their professional career. This year about nine hundred athletes from 16 countries will take part in competitions. The most numerous foreign ski landing on the World Cup will be landed by Finns.
The competitions start on March 14, the regional ski complex of Raisa Smetanina near Syktyvkar is ready for the beginning of competitions.

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The leaders of Hungarian organizations abroad in Brussels

On 3 March 2015, at the invitation of MEP Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (Group of the European People's Party, Fidesz-KDNP alliance), the leaders of Hungarian organizations and parties abroad made a visit to Brussels and took part in the session of the Fidesz-KDNP (Christian Democratic People’s Party) where they discussed the current situation of the Hungarian community living in the Carpathian Basin, Hungarian register reports. 

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Arctic Council leaders want more indigenous representation

Housing, mental health and the high costs of living in the North are a few items on the agenda of Arctic Council meetings underway in Whitehorse, CBCNEWS reports. 

The event brings together senior leaders from circumpolar regions including the Scandinavian countries, the Russian Federation, Alaska and Canada.

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In the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation the details of the World congress of the Finno-Ugric people were discussed

During a working meeting of the deputy head of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation with the influential Finnish politician — the chairman of society "Finland — Russia" Paula Lekhtomyaki and the secretary general of society Meryey Hannus  the current situation in the sphere of entrance and outbound tourism in Russia and Finland, questions of development of the Russian-Finnish humanitarian cooperation, and also the program and the course of preparation of the XVI Russian-Finnish cultural forum, questions of carrying out in Finland the VII Wo

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Over 700,000 apply for Hungarian citizenship

So far, 710,000 ethnic Hungarians have applied for Hungarian citizenship and some 670,000 have been granted that status, state secretary János Árpád Potápi told Parliament’s National Cohesion Committee, portal Politics.hu reports. Potápi said that 66% of those granted citizenship were from Romania, 17% from Northern Serbia and 14% from Western Ukraine.

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