Estonia's Tallinn becomes European Capital of Culture for 2011

14:32, January 01, 2011      

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Estonia's capital of Tallinn on Saturday officially became the European Capital of Culture for the year of 2011.

Estonian Premier Andrus Ansip made the announcement to a crowd that had gathered in a downtown square in Tallinn.

Estonia, a country of some 1.4 million people and poor in natural resources, declared independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.

2011 is a year of significance to Estonia. Besides its capital becoming Europe's cultural capital, the country also officially joined the eurozone on the first day of the year.

Tallinn, a coastal city, has selected the topic of sea as the theme for the celebrations, which will feature various exhibitions, concerts and performances throughout the year.

Since 1985, every year one or several European cities were awarded the title of European Capital of Culture. Over the past 25 years, more than 40 European cities have been given the honor. This year, the Finnish city of Turku shares the title with Tallinn.

Source: Xinhua
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