Circle in the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia: our daily work should be a joint effort to maintain and grow the country

 Tartu, February 22, 2018 - Today Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said in the speech of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Tartu that the future of Estonia will be on solid ground when we remember who we are, where we come from and what events we have come here, and we work together to to maintain and grow a free country. 

According to Ratas, our country has never been economically and culturally as good as it was today, on the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. "Our generation of our fathers and grandparents has not seen such a long time of peace. Our free country is the greatest treasure whose keeping and inheritance for our descendants is our common holy judgment," he said at the Vanemuine Concert Hall.

According to the Prime Minister, in this case, it is necessary to maintain a sensitive balance between nature conservation and economic development. "Estonia is rich in clean forests, swamps and islands, so it must remain for future generations," he asserted. 

Ratas also said that it is important to continue to build a welfare society characterized by equality of opportunity, a high standard of living, solidarity and a broad social safety net. "Everyone in Estonia needs to feel safe and secure at home. Domestic violence is not only an individual's concern, but an overwhelming challenge for all of us, which is a question of the dignity of our country and the people," he said.

In wanting to become a caring country like the Nordic countries, we need to seriously address the well-being and protection of each person and, more importantly, ensuring gender equality. "An open, inclusive and fair model of welfare society could characterize the whole of Baltoscandia, where Estonia belongs both historically and culturally," said Ratas.

In his speech, the Prime Minister referred to the Independence Manifesto of the Republic of Estonia, which begins with a referral to all the peoples of Estonia, and which ensures the possibility of safeguarding the cultural identity of ethnic minorities. "I understand how difficult it is to emotionally overcome all the suffering and loss of life, to overcome the mentality of opposing" ours "in Estonian social consciousness. Yet, there is no other way. As Professor Marju Lauristin has recently emphasized, we must end a continuous barrier, alienation and the shaping of negativity, "he said.

According to Ratase, the non-Estonian population wants to actively contribute to Estonian society, we have Russian-written first-person writer Andrei Ivanov and world-famous Yuri Lotman semiotic school, a national Russian theater with long traditions, an increasingly efficient local Russian-language information space and dozens of Russian-born sportsmen who have brought fame to Estonia. "I want to say that what distinguishes us is linguistic-cultural membership, but what unites - it's patriotic, Estonia as our common home," he said.

The Prime Minister also referred to the preamble of the Estonian Constitution adopted in 1992, according to which the state has been created for the continuation of the Estonian nation and culture over the ages. "Such an existential altitude has been valued by our parents' language and culture, and our duty is to pass it on. Even though our daily creation work for the good of our country: to keep and grow," said Ratas. 

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