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Estonia Opens New Honorary Consulate in Canada

29.10.2010

No. 330-E

On Tuesday, 26 October, Minister of Social Affairs Hanno Pevkur and Estonian Chargé d’Affaires in Canada Riho Kruuv opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in the city of Halifax in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The provincial government of Nova Scotia was represented at the opening by Minister of Finance Graham Steele. Estonia’s honorary consul for the province of Nova Scotia in Canada is John Olaf Soosaar.

With the opening of the honorary consulate, Estonia hopes to further intensify contacts between Estonia and Canada in the economic, tourism and cultural sectors. Estonia-Canada relations are made special by the fact that one of the biggest Estonian communities in the world is found in Canada. The community is socially active and has been remarkably successful in preserving Estonian culture outside of Estonia’s borders.

Honorary Consul John Olaf Soosaar, born in 1941, is a journalist and documentary film-maker of Estonian descent. Soosaar was born into a family of war refugees in Schwerin, Germany, and from there his family emigrated to Canada.

The consular region of the honorary consulate in Halifax is the province of Nova Scotia. The honorary consulate is located at the address 1526 Dresden Row, 7th floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K3, Canada. The honorary consulate can be reached at the phone number +1 902 421 1326 or +1 902 423 0484 and emails can be sent to the address soosaarjo@eastlink.ca.

Currently Estonia has 134 honorary consuls in 62 nations.

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