This writer is currently reporting on the pavilion of Estonia.
Organizer/Commissioner:The Center for Contemporary Arts (private state-funded institute)
Budget provided by the state:Undisclosed
Selection procedure:The artist was selected by a nine-member jury of artists and representatives from various art institutions appointed by the Center for Contemporary Arts.
Lives and works in:The United States of America
No. of participations in the venice biennale:2
Lives and works in:Estonia
No. of participations in the venice biennale:1
Represented by galleries in:Not represented by a gallery
Politics & Economics
State System:Unitary parliamentary republic
Ruling Political Party:Coalition of the centre-right Reform Party, the conservative Pro Patria-Res Publica and the Social Democrats.
Population (World Bank, 2011):1,339,928
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):$16,534
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):12.5% of the labor force
Net OECD ODA Aid Donated (2011):$22,580,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):$420,000,000
Coalition of the Willing
International Criminal Court recognized
Former Warsaw Pact
Country independent since:1991 (from the USSR)
Last Major Border Revision:2005 (border treaty with Russia)
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):35
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:Human rights concerns over the large population of resident non-citizens of Russian ethnicity. Sporadic diplomatic conflicts with Russia: Russia withdrew its signature from the 2005 border treaty after the Estonian parliament added a ratification referencing Soviet occupation. Controversy over the relocation of the WWII Red Army memorial in Tallinn.
Participation in Multinational Missons:NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. UN peacekeeping mission in Israel & the Middle East. EU anti-piracy mission and EU mission in Mali.