Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
Estonian: Eesti Vabariigi Välisminister
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Sven Mikser

since 12 September 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Formation 24 February 1918
First holder Jaan Poska
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonian : välisminister) is the senior minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Estonian : Eesti Vabariigi Välisministeerium) in the Estonian Government. The Minister is one of the most important members of the Estonian government, with responsibility for the relations between Estonia and foreign states.

Estonian language Finno-Ugric language spoken in Estonia

The Estonian language is the official language of Estonia, spoken natively by about 1.1 million people: 922,000 people in Estonia and 160,000 outside Estonia. It is a Southern Finnic language and is the second most spoken language among all the Finnic languages.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Estonia) Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia is a Cabinet-level governmental agency in Estonia in charge of conducting and designing Estonian Foreign policy.


The Foreign Minister is chosen by the Prime Minister as a part of the government. The current Foreign Minister is Sven Mikser, who took the position on 23 November 2016. [1]

Prime Minister of Estonia Head of government of the Republic of Estonia

The Prime Minister of Estonia is the head of government of the Republic of Estonia. The prime minister is nominated by the President after appropriate consultations with the parliamentary factions and confirmed by the Parliament. In case of disagreement, the Parliament can reject the President's nomination and choose their own candidate. In practice, since the Prime Minister must maintain the confidence of Parliament in order to remain in office, he is usually the leader of the senior partner in the governing coalition. The current Prime Minister is Jüri Ratas of the Centre Party.

Sven Mikser Estonian politician

Sven Mikser is an Estonian politician.

Office holders

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Jaan Poska 24 February 191820 September 1919 Estonian People's Party
2 Ants Piip 9 October 191918 November 1919 Estonian Labour Party
3 Ado Birk 18 November 191928 July 1920 Estonian People's Party
4 Kaarel Robert Pusta 28 July 192030 July 1920
5 Ado Birk (2nd term)30 July 192026 October 1920 Estonian People's Party
6 Otto Strandman 26 October 192014 January 1921 Estonian Labour Party
7Ants Piip (2nd term)25 January 192120 October 1922 Estonian Labour Party
8 Aleksander Hellat 28 November 19222 August 1923
9 Friedrich Akel 2 August 192326 March 1924 Christian People's Party
10Otto Strandman (2nd term)26 March 192414 May 1924 Estonian Labour Party
11Kaarel Robert Pusta (2nd term)6 June 19245 October 1925
12 Ado Birk (3rd term)23 October 192515 December 1925 Estonian People's Party
13Ants Piip (3rd term)15 December 192523 July 1926 Estonian Labour Party
14Friedrich Akel (2nd term)23 July 192611 November 1927 Christian People's Party
15Aleksander Hellat (2nd term)11 November 19279 December 1927
16 Hans Rebane 9 December 19274 December 1928 Farmers' Assemblies
17 Jaan Lattik 4 December 192812 February 1931 Christian People's Party
18 Jaan Tõnisson 12 February 193119 July 1932 Estonian People's Party
19 Mihkel Pung 19 July 19321 November 1932 National Centre Party
20 August Rei 1 November 193218 May 1933 Estonian Socialist Workers' Party
21Ants Piip (4th term)18 May 193321 October 1933 National Centre Party
22 Julius Seljamaa 21 October 19332 June 1936
23Friedrich Akel (3rd term)2 June 19369 May 1938
24 Karl Selter 9 May 193812 October 1939
25Ants Piip (5th term)12 October 193921 June 1940
26 August Rei 18 September 194425 September 1944
Aleksander Warma (in exile)19531963
August Koern (in exile)19641982
Elmar Lipping (in exile)19821990
Olev Olesk (in exile)19901992
27 Lennart Meri 11 April 199024 March 1992 Popular Front of Estonia
28 Jaan Manitski 6 April 199221 October 1992(none)
29 Trivimi Velliste 21 October 19927 January 1994 Pro Patria Union
30 Jüri Luik 8 January 199417 April 1995 Pro Patria Union
31 Riivo Sinijärv 17 April 19956 November 1995 Estonian Coalition Party
32 Siim Kallas 6 November 199522 November 1996 Estonian Reform Party
33 Toomas Hendrik Ilves 2 December 199614 October 1998 Social Democratic Party
34 Raul Mälk 14 October 199825 March 1999(none)
35 Toomas Hendrik Ilves (2nd term)25 March 199928 January 2002 Social Democratic Party
36 Kristiina Ojuland 28 January 200210 February 2005 Estonian Reform Party
37 Rein Lang 21 February 200513 April 2005 Estonian Reform Party
38 Urmas Paet 13 April 200517 November 2014 Estonian Reform Party
39 Keit Pentus-Rosimannus 17 November 201416 July 2015 Estonian Reform Party
40 Marina Kaljurand 16 July 201512 September 2016 Independent
41 Jürgen Ligi 12 September 201623 November 2016 Estonian Reform Party
42 Sven Mikser 23 November 2016Incumbent Social Democratic Party
Source [2]

See also

Contact information

Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Islandi väljak 1, 15049 Tallinn
tel:(+372) 6 377 000
FAX:(+372) 6 377 099

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