Tallinn in the News September 2017

Tallinn to host 2018 UEFA Super Cup

2018 UEFA Super Cup will be played on 15 August of 2018 at Tallinn’s Lilleküla Arena, the first senior UEFA final in Estonia, a year that marks the centenary of the independence of Estonia.

The game will be the first European club final held in Estonia since the hosting of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. The decision was made at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Athens in September 2016 but announced in August 2017.

The UEFA Super Cup was held in Trondheim in 2016 and Skopje 2017.

Lilleküla Arena currently has a capacity of 10,000 and is home to Flora Tallinn and the Estonian national team. It was opened in June 2001.

The arena staged six matches in the 2012 UEFA European U19 Championship including the final.

“Undoubtedly this is a big acknowledgement for Estonian football and a present to Estonian football fans,” Estonian Football League president Aivar Pohlak said.

“The Championship league and European league winners meeting is absolutely the top football game which has could have ever happened in Estonia.

“I wish to thank everybody, who helped along with the decision, not only at a national, local government level but also at the level of the football league,”  Pohlak added.

For the game, an extension will be added to Lilleküla stadium which will add five thousand additional seats. The government has allocated five million euros the project.

SEB Tallinn Marathon won in record time for Nordic countries

More than 18,000 recreational athletes from a record number of 56 different countries took part 7-9 September weekend in Estonia’s largest marathon.

The winner of SEB Tallinn Marathon was Kiprotich Kirui from Kenya who achieved a world class time of 2:09.22 – a record time for marathons run in the Baltic nations and Nordic countries. There are only 10 cities in Europe this year were faster times than that attained in Tallinn were achieved: London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Hamburg, Vienna, Prague, Rotterdam, and Linz.
Owing to support by Tallinn City, for the first time more than 3,000 foreign runners from a total of 56 countries came for a run in Tallinn.

Among thousands of other runners at Tallinn Marathon was President Kersti Kaljulaid who ran the half marathon and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas who took on the 10-km track with a basketball in hand. Bouncing two basketballs, an Estonian Marti Medar completed the marathon track with 3:54.16, a time that landed him in the Guinness Book of Records.

Frank Baillie, a representative of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), also graced SEB Tallinn Marathon with his presence, praising Estonians’ outstanding organisational skills.

“I’m very glad to be in Estonia during the country’s presidency of the European Union. Estonians stand out as most professional event organisers. I am looking forward to next year’s AIMS Congress, the organisation rights of which Estonia won in an extremely tight and competitive competition.”

The next Tallinn Marathon will be run September 7 through September 9 during the year of Estonia’s 100th anniversary.

City aims to improve citizens health

The plan for promoting the health of the population of Tallinn from 2017 to 2021 was sent for adoption to the city council
Tallinn plans to promote the health of Tallinn’s population programme for 2017-21.

Deputy mayor Merike Martinson said although this is the third health promotion programme in many years this one was vital.
“Development plans for health promotion have not only been on paper, over the years, much has been done to improve the health of the people of the capital,” Martinson said.
“As the previous development plans so in the current development programme key issue is the healthy behaviour by young people;” Martinson said.

“The goal is also to raise peoples’ social involvement, especially in the case of people whose social guarantees are smaller.
“The biggest goal is to create in Tallinn a healthy and supportive environment. The  most important for carrying out the programme will be cooperation.”
Much work has gone into compiling this programme by the social and health office specialist, by other city officials and civil servants and institution.

Tallinn is a relatively green environment lots of green areas and much less pollution than larger cities so the development plan’s vision is for Tallinners to do their part in a coherent, socially safe and ecologically balanced way.  Martinson said that by 2021 Tallinn will be a human-centred city, where the risks in urban space and from human behaviour are minimized.

The development plan will concentrate on ensuring a healthy and safe development for children and young people, raising social awareness, security, inclusivity and equality for all the city’s citizens, and most of all supporting healthy living and promoting healthy choices.
The programme outlines areas also which required societal intervention. Currently, children, preventative medicine is irregular, as an example, the two-year children vaccination has been in constant reduction.

Martinson said students are inactive and a growing number are becoming fat.  There is a growth in the use of cannabis, crystal meth, and ecstasy.
Martinson said that there was a concern for older people too,  particularly those in lower economic groups.

“In future, we must develop play areas near the school and the home,” Martinson said.