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Christmas in Estonia: with mobile phone and ax into the woods

Source: dpa
Source: dpa

Every year during the Advent season many Estonians are drawn into the lonely Estonian forests to cut down their own Christmas tree. According to ancient tradition, every resident of the Baltic country may use the ax or saw on a tree of their choice in public forests for Christmas. The path can also be shown by an app of the State Forestry Administration. Payment is done directly in the forest by mobile phone or in advance via online banking.

“Last year we sold around 8,000 trees ,” Mari – Liis Kitter of the State Forestry Administration says. The price depends on the tree length. Up to one meter high trees cost three euros, for each additional meter, five additional euros are due. Who does not pay his tree and it gets caught, has to pay a penalty. Strict control however is not maintained.  “We are hoping that people are honest, and most are indeed,” says Kitter. In the previous year they had only two “organized Christmas thieves” caught in the act.

Source:  http://www.focus.de/panorama/welt/brauchtum-weihnachten-in-estland-mit-handy-und-axt-in-den-wald_id_3493887.html

Translation: estonia108

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More and more Estonians order from Chinese online shops

Source: chinacenter.net
Source: chinacenter.net

A recent report by dpa (German Press Agency)  states: “Package flood from the Far East: Many Estonians have ordered this year their gifts from Chinese online stores.” According to the Estonian Post the number of packages from China at Christmas time has increased by 700 percent! Meanwhile more than 40 percent of all parcels sent from abroad to Estonia originate from the Middle Kingdom, a Post spokeswoman told. Mainly electronic accessory was ordered since in China it is cheaper by far than in Baltic Estonia. Also for clothes, shoes and stationery there is a great demand. The trend for supplies from China would last for some time to, it said.

Translation: estonia108