Eesti Ekspress

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Eesti Ekspress (Estonian Express) was the first politically independent newspaper in the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic during the Soviet control of Estonia.[1][2] In March 2010 the paper was restarted as a magazine.[3]

History and profile[edit]

The paper was founded in 1989.[2] The first issue was published on 22 September 1989.[4] Making use of Gorbachev's policies of perestroika and glasnost, it was established as a weekly newspaper in 1989[2] by Hans H. Luik and others. The headquarters is in Tallinn.[2] The paper is published by AS Eesti Ajalehed.[2] In essentially the same format, although with a number of appendices, it is still every week. The day of the issue changed from Thursday to Wednesday on 30 April 2014.[5]

Success of Eesti Ekspress led to Hans H. Luik's becoming an established media mogul.

Eesti Ekspress has a liberal stance and is one of the investigative publications in Estonia.[2] The newspaper has broken a number of important stories and been known for its innovation-mindedness. Considerably thicker than other newspapers of the late Soviet era, it was one of the first to make use of digital publishing technologies and photographic typesetting.[citation needed] Consequently, it has been notorious for popularising the incorrect usage of 'sh' and 'zh' in substitution of the characters 'š' and 'ž', which in late 1980s were rather inconvenient for computer processing but appear in a number of Estonian loanwords (e.g. garaaž, borrowed from French garage and tšau from Italian ciao) and names transliterated from Slavic languages, most importantly, Russian.[citation needed]

Today the newspaper remains one of the most popular newspapers in Estonia, with a circulation of 28,000 copies in 2015.[6]


  1. ^ "Overview of science reporting in the EU" (PDF). European Commission. 2007. p. 61. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Eesti Ekspress". Euro Topics. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  3. ^ Kai Joost (12 February 2010). "Eesti Ekspress switches to mag format". Baltic Reports. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Factsheet. Eesti Ekspress". Publicitas. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Eesti Ekspress". Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Members".

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Coordinates: 59°26′16.55″N 24°45′57.23″E / 59.4379306°N 24.7658972°E / 59.4379306; 24.7658972