GERD KANTER (DISCUS THROWER)
Gerd Kanter is an Estonian discus thrower who was born in May 6, 1979, in Tallinn. He is a real world-beater in discus throw and he is also Olympic Champion (Beijing 2008 Olympic Games). In 2009, he set a world indoor best 69.51 m.
ARVO PÄRT (MUSICIAN)
Contemporary musician, born in September 11, 1935, in Paide. He is one of the greatest representatives of “Holy minimalism”and New Age trend. His musical style is based on a very limited use of notes and chords. He has a particular relationship with Italy, especially with Turin, being the creator of the wonderful composition “La Sindone”.
LYDIA KOIDULA (POET)
Poet and patriot, who was born in 1843, in Vana. Daughter of Johann Jannsen, historical representative of the Nationalist Movement and creator of the first newspaper in Estonian language, Lydia Koidula, through her works, was able to increase the National feeling in Estonian people.
FRIEDRICH REINOLD KRUETZWALD (WRITER)
One on the most important Estonian writers. He was born in 1803 in Kadrina and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tartu in 1833. Between 1857 and 1861 he published the national epic Kalevipoeg, a poem on the legendary King Kalev’s son. This work is considered one of the masterpieces of Estonian literature.
JANN KROSS (WRITER)
Many people consider him Estonia’s greatest writer of all time. He was born in Tallinn in 1920 graduated from School of Law at the University of Tartu in 1945. He was arrested by the German occupation authorities for six months in 1944. At the end of the Second World War Jann Kross was arrested by the Soviet occupation authorities who deported him to a Gulag camp in Siberia, where he stayed for eight years. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and during his long life he received many awards, even by the Soviet authorities. His works, manly consisting on historical novels, deal with the dramatic and difficult history of Estonian people. His most important novel, The Czar's Madman, has been translated in more than 20 foreign languages. He died in 2007 in Tallinn.
URBAN SIMPHONY (MUSICAL GROUP)
Estonian musical group, formed by four women: a singer, two cellists and a violinist. The group was created in 2007 and in 2009 represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rändajad (Nomadic people). They propose a very elegant and original musical style thanks to which they have been able to capture public and critics attention, even abroad.
AHTI HENILA, PRITT KASESALU, JANN TALLIN (ESTONIAN DEVELOPERS WHO CREATED SKYPE SOFTWARE)