“4000 people visited the the Parliament of Estonia, (Riigikogu) Open House Day in Estonia on 21th April 2018”

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On the open House Day of  the Parliament of Estonia, Riigikogu,  nearly 4000 people came to Toompea to visit the Riigikogu, learn about the work of the Parliament, meet the politicians and see the rooms they work in. 850 visitors climbed the Tall Hermann tower and over 500 participated in the guided tours of the parliament buildings.

Many visitors came from foreign countries, like Austria, Belarus, Brazil, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

The representative rooms and working rooms of the Riigikogu were open all day. It was possible to meet with the members of the Riigikogu in the rooms of the factions.

The Riigikogu Open House Day began with a welcome concert by folk musicians on the balcony of Toompea Castle. President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor greeted the visitors in the courtyard of the Castle.

At the Government Question Time, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and Minister of Culture Indrek Saar replied to the questions of the people in the Session Hall.

The Open House Day quiz “Republic of Estonia 100” was won by the team Riigikogu I, consisting of the members of the Riigikogu Andres HerkelKristen Michal and Marko Pomerantsand Adviser of the Legal and Research Department of the Riigikogu Toivo Mängel. The best school team was from Tallinn Secondary Science School.

At the discussion “100 Has Arrived. How and Where to Go On?” in the cafeteria of the Riigikogu, members of the Riigikogu Monika HaukanõmmLiisa OviirHenn PõlluaasKersti SarapuuHelir-Valdor Seeder and Urve Tiidus held a debate. The discussion was moderated by Urmas Vaino.

To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage, workshops of the Estonian Open Air Museum took the visitors back in time, and the Conservation and Digitization Centre Kanut introduced its activities. The workshops and a publication of the Estonian Maritime Museum presented the exhibition “100 years on Water. The Ships of Estonia 1918–2018” at the Seaplane Harbour. In the Children’s Republic of the Estonian History Museum, children could build their dream country together with their friends and watch Estonian cartoon classics. NUKU Museum (puppetry museum) also participated in the Open House Day with their workshop “NUKU Games”.

The Open House Day was concluded with a Good Mood Concert in the White Hall, performed by the folk musicians from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.

With the Open House Day, the Riigikogu celebrated its 99th anniversary.

The first representative body elected by the people in independent Estonia – the Constituent Assembly – convened in Tallinn on 23 April 1919. The Riigikogu celebrates that event every year with the Open House Day.

The Open House Day tradition was introduced in 1999, and this was the 20th Open House Day.

Krishan Chand

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