Tallinn - Mihhail Kõlvart
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Total: 159.2 km2
Mayor: Mihhail Kõlvart
Mihhail Kõlvart is an Estonian politician and the mayor of Estonia's capital Tallinn since April 2019. He was born in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan in 1977. Mayor Kõlvart moved to Tallinn with his parents at the age of 3. After finishing law studies at the International University of Social Sciences, he built a career as an athlete and coach. He started his political career in 1999. Mayor Kõlvart has been a member of Tallinn City Council, a member of parliament, and deputy mayor of Tallinn. Since the beginning of his mayoral term, Kõlvart has been dedicated to making the city of Tallinn a greener and more environmentally friendly city. In 2020, mayor of Tallinn signed the application of the city for the title of European Green Capital of 2023. This green initiative aims to improve the living environment of European cities, to present their activities and to recognize the efforts that cities are making to improve the environment and the quality of life. At the European Green Capital Awards Ceremony on 9th of September, 2021, in Lahti, Finland, the city of Tallinn was announced to be the European Green Capital 2023. Besides the title, Tallinn was also awarded with €600,000 to support the implementation of measures to enhance its environmental sustainability. One of Kõlvart's main goals as mayor is to direct more resources to people with special needs, especially children. He spends more than 10% of Tallinn’s budget on social welfare and health, compared to 6% which has been spent in 2017. All in all, Mihhail Kõlvart is a major advocate for sustainable urban development and environmental protection. He has started many projects in the city that pursue the city's goal to be climate-neutral by 2050. These projects help the city to reach the goal of reducing the emission of greenhouse gas from transport and to contribute to the overall green transition. (photo credit: wikimedia)
More info about cityTallinn is the capital, primate and the most populous city of Estonia. Located in the northern part of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea, it has a population of 434,562. Administratively a part of Harju maakond (county), Tallinn is a major financial, industrial, cultural, educational and research centre of Estonia. Tallinn is located 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of Helsinki, Finland, 320 kilometres (200 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and 380 kilometres (240 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden. It has close historical ties with these three cities. From the 13th century until the first half of the 20th century Tallinn was known in most of the world by its historical German name Reval.
Tallinn, first mentioned in 1219, received city rights in 1248, but the earliest human settlements date back 5,000 years. The first recorded claim over the land was laid by Denmark in 1219, after a successful raid of Lyndanisse led by king Valdemar II, followed by a period of alternating Scandinavian and Teutonic rulers. Due to its strategic location, the city became a major trade hub, especially from the 14th to the 16th century, when it grew in importance as part of the Hanseatic League. Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn has the highest number of startups per person among European countries and is a birthplace of many international high technology companies, including Skype and Transferwise. The city is to house the headquarters of the European Union's IT agency. Providing to the global cybersecurity it is the home to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Tallinn is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top ten digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.More