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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of Estonia (2006–2016)

Toomas Hendrik Ilves served as President of Estonia from 2006-16. President Ilves is renowned for making Estonia one of the most digitally advanced nations through innovative policies that invested heavily in the future. President Ilves was born to Estonian refugees and raised in the United States. He holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Munich in 1984 to work as an analyst and researcher for Radio Free Europe, eventually becoming Director of the radio’s Estonian Service. From 1993-96, he served as Ambassador of Estonia to the United States. In 1996, he was appointed the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post he held until 1998, and again from 1999 to 2002. At that time, he successfully steered Estonia into the EU and NATO in 2004. He ran for the presidency of Estonia as a joint candidate of the Social Democratic, Conservative, and Liberal Parties, was elected in 2006, and re-elected in 2011.
Updated: April 21, 2022



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