Norwegian Business Awards 2019 - Time to Apply! Team Norway's new magazine the Norwegian Estonian Business Insider, meet our new gold member OPUS Online, NECC's next events and much more.
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February 22, 2019

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Norwegian Business Awards 2019

NECC is glad to announce the Norwegian Business Awards in two categories – for growth and for innovation.

Cooperation between Norway and Estonia has a long list of success stories. We would like to point out the best of them and urge companies to find partners in Norway or Estonia and make good things happen. You will be noticed! 

If you know a company which deserves any or both of the awards, please forward them the following link! The more successful companies we know, the more we all can contribute to cooperation between Norway and Estonia.

The application forms are simple and easy to fill in. 

The submission deadline is March 5, 2019. On March 6,  the applications will be sent to our jury for evaluation. 

Your data will be handled carefully and in total confidence (will not be shared with third parties)! The finalists will be announced on March 15.

NBA 2019 Awards Jury is combining the most important people in relations between Norway and Estonia so please use the unique opportunity to introduce your company by submitting the application for Norwegian Business Awards.

More info about the awards and jury can be found under the "APPLY NOW!" button below.

For more info please contact Annely Särglep M: +372 510 1004.


NECC's new magazine:

Norwegian Estonian Business Insider 2019

Team Norway in Estoniaconsisting of the Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (NECC), would like to invite all companies, organizations and persons with a connection to the bilateral relations between Norway and Estonia to contribute to our new magazine:

  • The Norwegian Estonian Business Insider

The overall goal of this new magazine is to provide an arena for exchange of information and a tangible platform for news updates ongoing business, social and cultural events, people and companies and private and public events. We want to go deeper in presenting people who have an active life in the Norwegian Estonian community, more direct details on Norwegians and their companies and why they have chosen to operate in Estonia. We will look back at the start and into the future, covered by a mix of input from both the public and private side of business, political and organizational life.
The layout of the magazine will be covered by the Norwegian Embassy and some of the content and distribution will be done in cooperation with Enterprise Estonia.
Printing cost will be covered by the sold pages, so we will offer advertisement opportunities to all NECC company members.
The focus will be on relevant content marketing that will be in line with the interests of our readers.

The deadline for sending us the request for buying the ad space is March 11, 2019.

The link to more info about the magazine is below. 

Norwegian Estonian Business Insider 2019


AGM Dinner


Norwegian Business Awards 2019

Date: Thursday, March 28
Location: Restaurant Gloria, Müürivahe 2, Tallinn 
Time: 18:00 – 23:00

It's time to start reserving your seats since the evening will be full of fabulous entertainment, a couple of inspiring talks and a superb 5-course a la carte dinner accompanied by carefully selected drinks.

The Winner menu:










The Norwegian Business Awards (NBA) 2019 gala will take place in the World’s Best Luxury Restaurant Winner 2018 – Restaurant Gloria (Müürivahe 2, Tallinn).

In 1937 a restaurant was built into the mediaeval city wall of Tallinn. It has been active ever since, an oasis of classic luxury in the rapidly changing world. You sense it the moment you step through the doors and our maître d’hôtel leads you up the grand stairs to the first floor.

The lush interior is matched by the food. Gloria is the stronghold of French cuisine in Estonia. There’s a touch of New Nordic Cuisine to it though – they use best local ingredients, fresh from a forest, farm and waters. That reflects in the changing of the seasons in the meals they make.


Event dress code: Cocktail or 1930s - prepare for a real 1930s party!

Information about the schedule, amusing speakers and entertainment will be announced shortly


Event fees:
NECC members: 49 EUR
NBA Guests: 69 EUR
Norwegian Business Awards 2019 finalists: Free of charge (feel free to apply for the awards here:
NECC Gold members: Free of charge

Registration deadline is Monday, March 25, 2019.
We have only a limited amount of seats, first come first serve.

For more info please contact Annely Särglep M: +372 510 1004.

AGM Dinner & NBA 2019 registration



REVAL FOLK Nordic special:
The pearl of Norwegian Hardanger fiddle –

Opening act by Folk musicians from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Date: March 2, 2019, starting at 19:00

Venue: Old Town Music House (Uus 16c, Tallinn, Estonia)

Reval Folk proudly presents the second concert of the spring season. We’ll take a musical journey to Norway, a country especially well-known for its extraordinary beauty, unbroken folklore traditions and solo instrument masters. We welcome the pearl of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, and the Norwegian Folk Musician of 2018, Anne Hytta!

Students from the Folk Music Department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and their teacher Katariin Raska, will give the introductory performance.

and are available on Ticketer
.ee HERE

Ticket prices (in presales/on location):
Estonian-Norwegian friendship tickets (valid until Feb 24) 5€
Discount ticket (teachers, students, elderly) 7€/8€
Early bird ticket (only a limited amount in presales) 7€
Full ticket 10€/15€
Family ticket (2 grown-ups and children) 15€/20€

In the first part of her concert, Hytta will play highly complex tunes from Telemark County in Norway that she learned from her master – Einar S. Løndal. In the second part, she will play her own tunes and take us on a meditative and improvisational journey via the Hardanger fiddle. Every tune has a story behind it, and we will experience the rich heritage of Norwegian folklore through those stories.

This Reval Folk concert will be fully acoustic, and as a second concert during our season Hytta’s performance will be recorded and broadcast by Estonian Klassikaraadio (Classic Radio).

The venue, Old Town Music House (Uus 16c, Tallinn) will open its doors at 6 pm, 1 hour before the concert. Everyone is welcome to get refreshments at our cosy café. Parents take note! We have a children’s room with organized activities on the second floor of the Old Town Music House.

Anne Hytta grew up in South-Eastern Norway, an area (Telemark) rich in folk music and dance traditions. The main instrument in the area is the Hardanger fiddle, a fiddle with 4 or 5 sympathetic strings that resonate when the top strings are bowed. This creates a special sound, with lots of overtones.

The sound of one instrument can give you the impression of multiple players. The oldest example of this fiddle is the Jaastad fiddle from 1649.

The repertoire for this music is very specific for the instrument and consists mainly of dancing tunes in 2/4, 3/4 and 6/8. But there are also listening tunes without a strong metric pulse. The music is traditionally played solo. However, on certain occasions, Hardanger fiddle players will perform together.

Anne learned from the legendary fiddle master, Einar S. Løndal (1914-2006), who in turn, learned from his father. This repertoire from the Løndal tradition of complex tunes with lots of melodic and phrasing variations and lots of ornamentation forms the basis of Hytta’s music. This music is the foundation of everything she has been doing in her career, often composing her own music and going her own way.


This will be a very special moment for us because NGO Reval Folk was started in cooperation with the folk music department of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The aim is to inspire young people to study folk music on a professional level.

Katariin Raska, the coordinator of folk music studies at EAMT, is a bagpipe and jew’s harp player. She has spent a full year in Norway studying the country’s rich folk music traditions. We are very happy to welcome Katariin with the new students of EAMT on stage!

More about Katariin here:

More about the folk music department of EAMT here.

A Hardanger fiddle (or in Norwegian: hardingfele) is a traditional stringed instrument used originally to play the music of Norway. In the modern designs, this type of fiddle is very similar to the violin, though with eight or nine strings (rather than four as on a standard violin) and with thinner wood. Four of the strings are played like a violin, while the under strings or sympathetic strings, resonate under the influence of the other four.

The Hardingfele is used for dancing, accompanied by rhythmic, loud foot stomping. It was also traditional for the fiddler to lead the bridal procession to the church.

The instrument is often highly decorated with a carved animal (usually a dragon or the Lion of Norway) or a carved woman’s head. This is part of the scroll at the top of the pegbox. There is an extensive mother of pearl inlay on the tailpiece and fingerboard as well as black ink decorations called ‘rosing’ on the body of the instrument. Sometimes pieces of bone are used to decorate the pegs and the edges of the instrument. (Wikipedia)

The earliest known example of the hardingfele is from 1651, made by Ole Jonsen Jaastad in Hardanger, Norway. Originally, the instrument had a rounder, narrower body. Around 1850, the modern layout with a body much like the violin became the norm.

See more about Anne here:

A Rune Tune and a Blind Door

We are a civic initiative that began in cooperation with NGO Reval Folk and the folk music department of the Tallinn-based Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Our aim is to help people connect with their roots in busy-minded Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Our second aim is to inspire young people to study folk music on a professional level in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. We believe that music is everyone´s birthright. Getting to know traditional music from around the world helps people find their authentic selves. This, unfortunately, has become a rarity in our business and technology-oriented world.

For more info please contact Annely Särglep (M. +372 510 1004)

Link to Ticketer


Date: Thursday, March 07, 2019 (17:00 - ...)
Venue: D'Boiss Club Bespoke, Pärnu mnt 12/Suur-Karja 20, Old Town, Tallinn

The event will take place on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month in DIFFERENT LOCATIONS in Tallinn City Centre. 

#1 - Thu, January 03 2019 - The Lounge By Noya
#2 - Thu, February 07 2019 - Tabac
#3 - Thu, March 07 2019 - D'Boiss Club Bespoke
#4 - Thu, Apr 04 2019 - Parrot MiniBar
#5 - Thu, May 02 2019 - NEW restaurant at Kalev Spa Hotel & Water Park (+ tour in the brand new SPA)

Each event starts at 17 but you can join in whenever you like :).
Please visit our FB Event page to invite your partners and colleagues to join us!

PS - Networking Thursdays are open informal events. 

For more info please contact:
NECC - Annely Särglep M: +372 510 1004
DECC - Hedy Kohv M: +372 527 8006

The registration is not needed, just come and spend some good time among interesting people.



Why Can Estonians Develop Quality Software?

It’s an honor for Opus to be a part of the NECC. Kudos to you for bringing the trade between Estonia and Norway closer together. 

So how exactly do Estonians compare to the Norwegians? Well, there are some similarities. 

For starters, we both put quality first in everything we do. It’s also a very rare case to be late – be it a meeting or a project deadline...although Norwegians are one hour behind everything we do. The culture, together with work ethic is also almost identical to the rest of Northern Europe.

But be warned! There are major differences that set us apart.

We can’t just pump out liquid money from the ground, nor can we eat (or even smell) rakfisk. And we definitely can’t ask the price of a new Tesla for developing a mobile app, although the quality of the final product is as high as in Norway. Lucky you.

But what we absolutely can do is:

Complex self-service portals and mobile development

Years of high-end custom development for the biggest brands in the region means that our agile team will build you any functionality your application needs. Using the best tech for any given problem, like Node.js for web applications, React Native for mobile apps, etc, allows us to reliably offer software that matches even the most demanding company’s quality standards.

A few examples of companies who have trusted our expertise:
SEB, Lumior, Danske Bank, Nasdaq, LQA (Leading Quality Assurance), Apotheka, Rovio, Sorainen, Elisa and many more.

We also never turn our backs on UI/UX

Our User Interface team is working side-by-side with our User Experience masters. The goal? To perfect what your clients see (UI), and what they think (UX) of your online image. And it works. Our solutions have even received major public recognition. For example, we designed and coded the UI for SEB bank’s corporate website. Global Finance deemed it the best digital banking solution in Estonia.

Check us out at

If you ever find your business in need of a centralized web portal of any shape or size, or just fancy yourself some UI and UX specialists’ services, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We won’t charge Norwegian prices, but we do make sure all your business needs are in the hands of Baltic software experts. 

Send an e-mail to and let’s discuss your project further.


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