Lennart Meri

President of Estonia
Born Mar 29, 1929

Lennart Georg Meri was a writer, film director and statesman who served as the second President of Estonia from 1992 to 2001. Meri was a leader of the Estonian independence movement.

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1929 Birth Born on March 29, 1929.


1941 12 Years Old In 1941, the Meri family was deported to Siberia along with thousands of other Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians sharing the same fate. … Read More


1953 24 Years Old 1 More Event
The Meri family survived and found their way back to Estonia where Lennart Meri graduated cum laude from the Faculty of History and Languages of the University of Tartu in 1953.
1958 29 Years Old After a trip to the Tian Shan Mountains in Central Asia and the old Islamic centres in the Kara Kum Desert in 1958, Lennart Meri wrote his first book, which met with a warm reception from the public. … Read More


1963 34 Years Old He became a member of the Estonian Writers' Union in 1963. … Read More
1964 35 Years Old Tulemägede Maale, created in 1964, which is translated as To the Land of Fiery Mountains, chronicled Meri's journey to Kamchatka Peninsula in the 1960s. … Read More


1976 47 Years Old Meri's best known work is perhaps Hõbevalge, which translates into Silver White and was published in 1976. … Read More


1988 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Meri founded the non-governmental Estonian Institute (Eesti Instituut) in 1988 to promote cultural contacts with the West and to send Estonian students to study abroad. … Read More


1990 61 Years Old After the first non-communist-style multi-party election in 1990, Meri was appointed to the post of Foreign Minister. … Read More
In 1992, Lennart Meri, together with 9 Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs and an EU commissioner, founded the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the EuroFaculty.
1994 65 Years Old In 1994, the Estonian Newspaper Association declared Meri the Year's Press Enemy. … Read More
1996 67 Years Old On 20 September 1996, he was re-elected for a second and final term.
1998 69 Years Old Interestingly, in 1998, Meri was given the complementary award and titled the Year's Press Friend.
1999 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Meri was once again given the Year's Press Enemy award. … Read More
2005 76 Years Old Diagnosed with a brain tumor in mid-2005 after experiencing strong headaches, he underwent surgery in August.
2006 77 Years Old The tumor was found to be malignant and he died in the morning of 14 March 2006, fifteen days before his 77th birthday, after being hospitalized in Tallinn for months. … Read More
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