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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Why Estonia? The 30-year Journey from the USSR to e-Estonia


Digital & new media Film & video History & heritage Intercultural Museum
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Tartu College Event Space

310 Bloor St W

Toronto, ON

Directions: Please enter off of Madison Avenue!.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English and Estonian.


For Estonia, developing digital possibilities has been one way of surviving financially and standing out on the world stage. A country as small as ours enjoys few opportunities to do that, after all.

But why us in particular, and how? There is something in Estonians that simply will not allow us to remain invisible. Something that makes us dig in our heels when faced with a challenge that at first glance seems impossible. The success story of our digital state is proof of our dogged determination, the fruits of which we are able to enjoy ourselves and proudly show to others.

The exhibition showcases the conditions that enabled Estonia to become a world-leading digital state and looks at how digital society has changed our nation, the people who live here and the entrepreneurs who operate in the country. It also examines the new challenges we face in connection with developments in technology (including its darker side – cybersecurity and the risks inherent in digital behaviour) and where the Estonian state’s new vision will lead our digital society in the future.

The exhibition has been curated by recognized Estonian technology journalist Henrik Roonemaa from an idea by the Director of Vabamu Karen Jagodin.

The exhibition is brought to you by Vabamu, VEMU, Taavet+Sten.



VEMU/Estonian Museum Canada, Vabamu Museum of Occupation and Freedom, Taavet+Sten

Located in downtown Toronto, VEMU connects Canadian and Estonian communities through rich and vibrant cultural programming in both Estonian and English. This includes lectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre, concerts (Estonian Music Week!) and more. VEMU also houses the largest Estonian themed archival collection and library outside of Estonia. These items are made available for the research and study of our history. The collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Chair of Estonian Studies and other organizations in Canada and elsewhere shapes VEMU into a North-American centre of Estonian history and culture.


Piret Noorhani