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President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid met with the Estonian community of New York and the representatives of local culture and business fields


On Septmber 17 the New York Estonian House hosted the reception of the President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid for the Estonian community with over 200 people attending. The reception opened with a speech by the Estonian Consul General Kairi Künka. The Consul General thanked all the attendees and, above all, the children of the New York Estonian School who had taken part in the Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration and who also performed at the reception.

President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid greeted the attendees and thanked the Estonian House and the community. Speaking about the current global situation, she emphasised that even though we are small in number, we are great in our actions. As an example, the President pointed to Estonia’s development in the digital sphere, and  active participation in peacekeeping operations.

The official part was followed by photographing – first with the 20 choir children and then with the families.

On 21 September the Estonian Consulate General in New York held a coctail reception in the Cosmopolitan Club to honour the President of Estonia, inviting representatives of the local fields of culture and business. The reception was attended by the Consulate General’s partners, representatives of the New York City Mayor's Office, investment funds and start-ups as well as by lawyers, business people, musicians, architects, artists and producers. Tarja Halonen, the former President of Finland also attended the reception. Among more than 70 guests around ten Estonians active in the above named fields attended as well. In her brief speech the President thanked everyone for introducing Estonia to the world both on this and the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

As the event came to an end all the guests received a gift, a taste of Estonia – heart shaped rye bread by Estfoods.


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