Estonian Ambassador Vaino Reinart visited Indiana University this week to talk about the issues facing his country. Reinart said he chose to visit IU because it is one of just two American universities that offers Estonian studies.
“Clearly, it is our priority to promote the Estonian studies, the studies of the Estonian language as well as culture and history, and it pretty much goes without saying for us whether we should be prepared to come and support these studies as best as we can,” said Reinart.
Reinart said IU has recognized Estonia birthday for more than 50 years, as it has offered Estonian studies since the 1950s. He also says that IU has been a center for Estonian culture and traditions in the Midwest.
“It has been a pleasure to meet all these people here. And we appreciate the people demonstrating interest to Estonia, willing to study our language. We want to support to in any possible way any way we could. We really do appreciate what is happening here.”
Although Reinart said Estonia has recently reintegrated itself into the international community within the past two decades, February 24th will mark Estonia’s 93rd year of independence from Russia.