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The project introduces Estonia and Estonians through the answers, film clips, blogs and language tests.

All inspired by the 12 questions about Estonia.

About

“A Dozen Questions about Estonia” is a joint project of the  Baltic Film and  Media School and the Estonian Institute, introducing Estonia and Estonians through the answers, film clips, blog and language tests, all inspired by the 12 questions about Estonia.

“A Dozen Questions about Estonia” is a format created  by the Estonian Institute, which consists of various questions that people interested in  Estonia might have. The answers to the questions cover different fields of interest, starting from Estonian geography and nature and finishing with song festivals, history and leisure activities. The text is illustrated by photographs.

The first booklets with the 12 questions were published in 1999 and they received a wider exposure at the EXPO in Hannover in 2000. These publications have been distributed  all over the world at different promotional events about Estonia and through Estonian diplomatic missions. As of today, the booklet is one of the most widely spread of its kind about Estonia and has been published in Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, English, Italian, German, Greek,  Welsh, Portuguese, Polish, French, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Swedish and Finnish.

In addition to the original text of 12 questions the web page also consists of 12 short films made by the students of the Baltic Film and Media School. Although the  films are related to the original questions, they do not try to find the answers to the questions, but are rather telling a story of their own.  The texts together with the films give an overview with a twist of the different spheres of  Estonia and the nature of Estonians.

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Based on the films, 12 different language tests have been created. The language tests can be used as a study material for everyone learning Estonian. With the tests one can practice understanding Estonian, constructing sentences and creating texts with full sentences. Each test also has open questions, which require longer answers. These can be used for both speaking and writing exercises.

There is a blog as well, where a foreign student living in Estonia gives an insight on his adventurous life here. An observant viewer may also spot the student in the films, so it’s actually possible to make connections with the student’s life and the stories of the films.