Estonia and Portugal Diplomatic Relations 100

Estonia-Portugal Diplomatic Relations 100
We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Portugal in 2021. Portugal recognised the Republic of Estonia de jure on 3 February 1921.

We have prepared a timeline of the relationship between Estonia and Portugal for the jubilee. This is a chronological gallery of historical photos, documents and texts, which gives an overview of the unique and important moments in the relationship between the two countries over a period of 100 years.

We thank everyone who has contributed to the collection of facts, photos and documents!

Enjoy the journey through time!

Prologue
Portuguese consulates were established in the port cities of the Baltic provinces of the Russian Empire in the first half of the 19th century. A Portuguese consul worked in Pärnu from 1825 to World War I. The relations between Estonia and Portugal have always been primarily political, but cultural and economic ties with Portugal have also been developed since Estonia regained its independence. Despite the geographical and cultural distance, we share the same opinions on many issues like the security and defence policy of the European Union, the development of the internal market and the budget of the European Union. Portugal and Estonia are progressive digital countries that have a lot to offer one another. The good bilateral relationships are underlined by numerous visits and meetings at different levels and the number of cultural contacts has increased year by year. Portugal is also a popular travel destination among Estonians.
24.02.1918
Declaration of the independent Republic of Estonia Eesti iseseisvusmanifesti avalik ettelugemine Pärnu Endla teatri rõdult. (Foto: Pärnu Muuseumi kogu)
08.12.1920
Portugal voted for the acceptance of Estonia into the League of Nations
Portugal was one of the five countries among thirty-two that voted for the unconditional acceptance of the Baltic States into the League of Nations on 8 December 1920.

Ambassador of Portugal João Pinheiro Chagas at the plenary session: “These countries ask the League to keep them alive by accepting them; rejecting this request on the pretext that it may jeopardise their existence feels like giving them the death sentence.”

Source: “Diary of an Ambassador, Part 1”, Kaarel Robert Pusta, New York, Culture, 1964

03.02.1921
Portugal recognised Estonia de jure Kinnitus Eesti riigi tunnustamise kohta de facto ja de jure Portugali riigi poolt. Foto: Portugali välisministeeriumi arhiiv
This is evidenced by a document published in the official gazette of Portugal (Diário do Governo).
06.02.1921
Karl Robert Pusta, the Estonian representative to Paris, sent a message on the recognition to Tallinn Message by Ambassador K. R. Pusta. Photo: Estonian National Archive
Päevaleht wrote on 7 February 1921: “The Ambassador of Estonia to France Karl Robert Pusta received the following letter from the Ambassador of portugal in Paris: “I am very pleased to inform you that the Government of the Portuguese Republic has decided to recognise the Republic of Estonia. I am equally pleased to congratulate you on everything you have accomplished as a result of this tireless work you have done for the benefit of your country”.”
08.04.1927
The Estonian Honorary Consul General to Denmark Ernst Carlsen suggested that Estonia could establish a honorary consulate in Funchal, Madeira.
Dane Laurids Andersen was suggested for the position of honorary consul and he was also interested in the position himself. On 30 April, Carlsen was informed that his proposal had been rejected, as a consular office could not be established in Madeira before one had been opened in Spain.
29.01.1928
Karl Ditlef Frederik Andersen from Denmark was appointed the honorary consul general of Estonia in Lisbon Document about the Honorary Consul of Estonia, Karl Ditlef Frederik Andersen. Photo: Estonian National Archive
The honorary consulate general was established at Rua Aurea 101 and opened in March 1929. Estonian Theodor Gutman was appointed the secretary of Andersen. Andersen remained in the position of honorary consul general until 1940 when diplomatic relations were severed.
06.07.1929
A honorary consulate was established in Funchal, Madeira Aukonsulaat Madeiral
Laurids Andersen was appointed the honorary consul. The Portuguese Government issued the respective exequatur on 30 September. The honorary consulate was opened at Rua Júlio Dinis 27. Andersen performed the official duties of honorary consul in Funchal until 1 April 1937.
28.08.1929
An Estonian honorary consulate was established in Ponta Delgada, the Azores Appointment of Gil Affonso d’Andrade Botelho as Honorary Vice-Consul of Estonia. Photo: Estonian National Archive
Gil Affonso d’Andrade Botelho from Portugal became the honorary vice-consul. The Portuguese Government issued the respective exequatur on 21 November.

Article of Honorary Vice-Consul Botelho about Estonia. Photo: Estonian National Archive

Article of Honorary Vice-Consul Botelho about Estonia. Photo: Estonian National Archive

22.11.1929
A trade agreement between Portugal and Estonia was signed Trade agreement. Photo: Estonian National Archive
Estonia was particularly interested cork oak and produce from the various colonies of Portugal. Portugal primarily wanted the right to sell its wines in Estonia and the guarantee that they would not be copied. Estonia hoped to export textile products, timber, butter, fish, etc., to Portugal.
08.04.1930
An honorary consulate was established in Porto José de Oliveira Calem. Photo: Estonian National Archive
José de Oliveira Calém was appointed the honorary vice-consul and he remained in office until 1932.
26.06.1930
The plenipotentiary minister of Portugal in Warsaw, Vasco Francisco Caetano de Quevedo, was also appointed to deal with issues concerning Estonia and Lithuania.
18.11.1930
Jorge dos Santos, son-in-law of the President of the Portuguese Republic, on a special mission
Jorge dos Santos, son-in-law of the President of the Portuguese Republic and a high-ranking official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was sent on a special mission to the Baltic States.

The newspaper Kaja wrote on 9 December 1930 that Jorge dos Santos came to Estonia in order to develop economic relations. The representative of Portugal visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he met with Foreign Minister Jaan Lattik, the Assistant Foreign Minister August Schmidt and the Head of the Political Department Dr Juhan Leppik. Later, he also visited the Contracts Office of the Ministry, where he show various materials and went to the Luther Factory to see its equipment.

The task assigned by the Portuguese Government to Jorge dos Santos was to get to know the Baltic States and their economies in order to launch economic relations between Portugal and the Baltic States if possible. “Apparently, Portugal intends to establish an embassy for the three Baltic States and it seems very likely that in the near future, we will be able to welcome Jorge dos Santos in Estonia as the plenipotentiary minister of Portugal. Jorge Dos Santos has served his country as a diplomat for 22 years by being a representative in Stockholm, an adviser in Tokyo, London and elsewhere. His last position was ambassador to South America, where he became the head of the Trade Department of the Foreign Ministry of Portugal, a position he’s still holding today. The President will hold a reception in honour of the guest at Kadriorg Palace today at 5 pm.”

The newspaper Järve Teataja wrote on 13 December 1930, quoting Jorge dos Santos: “”I would be very pleased if I could return as the minister to this country, which I’ll be leaving with the best of memories. Portugal will establish the embassy for all three Baltic States and the ambassador will reside alternately in the capital of each country.” Finally, the delegate emphasised that he wishes Estonia every success from the bottom of his heart.”

1931 - 1940
Richard Uitam was the Honorary Consul of Portugal to Estonia
Richard Uritam was born on 16 May 1892 in Tõstamaa and died on 20 July 1957 in New York. He was a board member Estonian Export Slaughterhouses, a board member of the Tallinn Department of insurance company Eesti, a board member of the Central Bank of Farmers, and the biggest shareholder in the companies Eesti Tubakatööstus, Kaja and Ühiselu, and the chairman of the stock exchange committee. He organised exhibition fairs since 1924.
08.06.1932
Portuguese Eduardo João Maria José de Romero became the new honorary consul in Porto Eduardo João Maria José de Romero. Photo: Estonian National Archive
05.05.1938
José Maria Cabral, the general secretary of the association of local wine exporters, became the honorary vice-consul in the honorary consulate in Funchal, Madeira José Maria Cabral. Photo: Estonian National Archive
23.08.1939
The Molotovi-Ribbentrop Pact The map of the MRP with signatures. Photo: National Archives
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed in Moscow and it included a secret protocol, which divided Eastern Europe between Germany and the USSR and paved the way to the occupation and annexation of Estonia.
June - August 1940
The incorporation of the Republic of Estonia into the Soviet Union began Arrival of the delegation of Estonian SSR from Moscow in August 1940. Head of delegation, Johannes Vares performing at the meeting held at the Baltic Station. Photo: Estonian National Archive
A coup d’etat was carried out in Estonia with the support of the Red Army on 21 June 1940. The incorporation of the Republic of Estonia into the Soviet Union began. On 8 August 1940, the government of the Estonian SSR decided to eliminate all embassies, consulates and honorary consulates of Estonia and hand their assets over to the local representations of the USSR. All foreign ambassadors in Estonia were ordered to leave by 25 August.

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Valitsuse otsus likvideerida saatkonnad. Foto: Rahvusarhiiv

Decision of the government of the Estonian SSR to eliminate all embassies, consulates and honorary consulates of Estonia. Photo: Estonian National Archive

31.08.1940
Declarations of the Portuguese Government
The Portuguese Government published the following announcement with the signature of Prime Minister Oliveira Salazar: “As the republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have joined the Soviet Union, which is a state that the Portuguese Government does not recognise, the relations that the Portuguese Government had with these countries will end, and the agreements made with Estonia on 22 August 1929, with Latvia on 14 June 1929 and with Lithuania on 12 April 1932 will also expire. The Portuguese Government hereby declares that all of the aforementioned agreements will cease to be effective for the duration of the present state of affairs.
The diplomatic missions and consular offices of Portugal in these countries will hereby be closed, and the exequaturs and credentials of these countries in Portugal must also be deemed expired...”

Source: “Diary of an Ambassador, Part 1”, Kaarel Robert Pusta, New York, Culture, 1964
31.08.1940
Explanation given by Karl Robert Pusta to the Prime Minister of Portugal about the unlawful “elections”
Pusta sent a diplomatic note on paper to Prime Minister Salazar, where he explained the ultimatum of the Soviet Union and the unlawful “elections” in Estonia, which resulted in the incorporation of Estonia into the Soviet Union on 21 July. Pusta requested a meeting with the head of the Portuguese Government or its representative and expressed his hopes that the general consulate in Lisbon would be allowed to continue its operations, at least temporarily, in order to assist Estonian citizens in Portugal.
Source: “Diary of an Ambassador, Part 1”, Kaarel Robert Pusta, New York, Culture, 1964
04.09.1940
Pusta met with the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sebastião Sampaio
Pusta asked Sampaio why Portugal, a neutral country, had found it necessary to be the first to take a stand, and a negative one at that, in respect of the Baltic States conquered by Soviet Russia.

Sampaio: “The announcement of the Portuguese Government is inspired by purely legal considerations without any intent to harm the Baltic States. Since Portugal has not recognised the Soviet government and does not intend to do so in the future, we can no longer have any relationships with the Baltic States that have peacefully joined the Soviet Union, which is a state with whom we do not want to have any relations. You claim in your note that you joined as a result of violence and that your country occupied by the Soviet Army. However, we have not received any messages that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania put up any armed resistance against this conquest, there are only the protests of the diplomatic representatives of the Baltic States abroad. In addition to you, the representatives of Lithuania and Latvia have also come to the Portuguese Government to protest. We had planned to consult the consular representatives in our country, but when it became known that the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union accepted the request of the national assemblies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to join Russia, we no longer saw a reason to delay with the disclosure of our position. Between us, I can tell you that we asked London and Stockholm how Great Britain and Sweden felt about this issue before we made our decision. The information we received was that whilst these countries will continue recognising the diplomatic missions of the Baltic States, they will also recognise the fait accompli and have no intention of protesting against the actions of Moscow. These two countries have a completely different kind of relationship with the Baltic States as well as with Soviet Russia. It would be appropriate to assume that they will have relationships of interest with your countries also in the future. Portugal does not have any of these, apart from a few trade relations for which the trade agreements mentioned in the government’s announcement were signed. Latvia and Lithuania had accredited ambassadors to Portugal, who reside in France. Estonia has not accredited anyone to Portugal at all. But let this be a passing comment. The main point is that as the Baltic States are now part of Soviet Russia and we do not want to see any Soviet representations or Soviet citizens here, we had no other option but to sever all ties and close all representations. Our announcement says: for the duration of the present state of affairs. If it changes and the Baltic States achieve some kind of independence again, the announcement of 31 August will also be revised…”

Sampaio rejected all of the objections made by Pusta. Sampaio’s response to the suggestion that the honorary consulate of Estonia could continue working and Estonian citizens could stay in Portugal with their national passports was that the consulate must be deemed liquidated as of the date the announcement was published, which obviously does not mean that the honorary consul cannot take the time he needs to liquidate the consulate’s correspondence and make transfers of money, if any. The plan was to register the citizens of Estonia who were living in Portugal with their national passports in the Ministry of the Interior, which also had to decide their fate. However, if any of the former Estonian citizens relied on their new Soviet citizenship, they had to leave the country. The Estonians who wanted to travel further via Portugal and had been issued with entry visas by the countries of destination received transit visas in their national passports from the Portuguese consulate. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was always ready to consider any exceptional cases with good will. Sampaio reiterated that the decree of 31 August was in no way malevolent towards the Baltic States.

Source: “Diary of an Ambassador, Part 1”, Kaarel Robert Pusta, New York, Culture, 1964

20.09.1940
Pusta’s announcement and visit to the Lisbon nunciature
He also sent a memo to monsignor Antonio Arata (papal nuncio to Estonia), where he “recalled the role of the Christian church in fostering national unity in Estonia. One of the goals of the leaders of Soviet Russia is to destroy faith in its own and other peoples, and replace it with communist doctrine, with which they intend to conquer the world. The subjugated nations observe with concern the scramble of big countries to establish relations with Soviet Russia, even though making them disappear with war and revolution is the primary goal of Moscow. Only Vatican, a major spiritual power, has spoken up in defence of the oppressed nations and reminded the world that there can be no freedom for large or small countries in the world for as long as humankind is terrorised by Russian communism, which is against faith and all other liberties of people”.

Pusta then waited in Lisbon for a chance to travel to the US and said that “the capital of Portugal deserves praise for its beauty and conveniences”. Former Honorary Consul in Lissabon Karl Andersen arranged for Pusta to get to the US.

Source: “Diary of an Ambassador, Part 1”, Kaarel Robert Pusta, New York, Culture, 1964

1949
NATO was established
Portugal was one of the 12 founding countries of NATO, although the period of dictatorship in Portugal had not ended yet.
25.04.1974
The Carnation Revolution in Lisbon The Carnation Revolution in Lisbon. Photo: 25th April Documentation Centre
The Carnation Revolution or the bloodless military coup in Lisbon which overthrew the authoritarian regime that had been installed in Portugal in 1933.
October 1977
During the Soviet period, the former diplomatic relations were replaced by the contacts of various cultural and friendship societies Portuguese writers on a visit to the Writers Union of the Estonian SSR. From left: literary critic Manuel Gusmão, President of the Portuguese Writers Association and poet Sophia de Mello Breyner, literary scholar Eduardo Lourenço, literary scholar and translator Ott Ojamaa. Photo: Estonian National Archive
Portuguese writers on a visit to the Writers Union of the Estonian SSR. From left: literary critic Manuel Gusmão, President of the Portuguese Writers Association and poet Sophia de Mello Breyner, literary scholar Eduardo Lourenço, literary scholar and translator Ott Ojamaa
01.01.1986
Portugal joined the European Union
March 1987
Cancelled visit of the parliamentary delegation of Portugal
The parliamentary delegation of Portugal visited the Soviet Union and the programme also included a visit to the Estonian SSR, but the authorities of Lisbon remembered at the last minute that this would mean recognising Soviet rule de facto. Portugal’s partners in NATO were also not pleased with the plan to visit the Estonian SSR, as it would’ve been a breach of the policy of non-recognition of the occupation of the Baltic States. The visit to the Estonian SSR was cancelled, but the case caught a lot of attention in Portugal and to some extent contributed to the fall of the Portuguese Government.
1988 - 1989
Singing revolution and Baltic Way
The Singing Revolution in Estonia and the other Baltic States in 1988 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 won a lot of international support. An extremely long human chain that passed through all three Baltic States, where people held hands to draw attention to the situation in the Baltic States, was created on the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on 23 August 1989.
20.08.1991
Restoration of the independence of the Republic of Estonia
The Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia adopted the resolution on the national independence of Estonia. The Republic of Estonia was restored on the basis of legal continuity.
27.08.1991
Portugal was one of the first to recognise the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Estonia
03.09.1991
Restoration of diplomatic relations Letter of Aníbal A. Cavaco Silva to Edgar Savisaar. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Letter of the Prime Minister of Portugal Aníbal A. Cavaco Silva to the Prime Minister of Estonia Edgar Savisaar of 3 September 1991, where Cavaco Silva informs his Estonian colleague that the Portuguese Government has decided to restore diplomatic relations with the Republic of Estonia as of 29 August 1991 and that Portugal has never recognised the Soviet annexation of Estonia.
30.09.1991
Restoration of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Portugal Luís Oliveira Nunes and Edgar Savisaar. Photo: Estonian National Archive
Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic Luís Oliveira Nunes visited the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia Arnold Rüütel.
1992
“The Czar's Madman” (in Estonian: “Keisri hull”, in Portuguese: “O Louco do Czar”), a novel by Jaan Kross, was published in Portuguese „The Czar´s Madman“
04.03.1993
Jorge Alberto de Lemos Godinho, the first ambassador of Portugal accredited to Estonia, assumed office (in office from 1993–1996) Ambassador Godinho after presenting his credentials to President Lennart Meri at Kadriorg Palace. Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alar Olljum. Photo: Voldemar Maask, 4 March 1993

Suursaadik Jorge Alberto Nogueira de Lemos Godinho Eesti välisministeeriumis enne volikirjade üleandmisele minekut kohtumas välisminister Trivimi Vellistega, kohal ka lauaülem Meelike Palli. Foto: Voldemar Maask, 4. märts 1993

Ambassador Godinho meets with Foreign Minister Trivimi Velliste at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the presentation of his credentials. Desk Office Meelike Palli is also present. Photo: Voldemar Maask, 4 March, 1993

11.10.1996
Portugal was the seventh country whose parliament ratified Estonia’s Association Agreement with the European Union
The Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal Seixas de Costa paid a quick one-day visit to Estonia, where he met with his Estonian colleague Riivo Sinijärv.
1996
The first Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to Portugal Andres Tomasberg presented his credentials
Andres Tomasberg was a non-resident ambassador based in Paris from 1996–1997.
05.09.1996
Non-resident Ambassador Manuel Moreira de Andrade assumed office
He was in office from 1996-2001
02.12.1996
President Lennart Meri on a visit to Portugal Lennart Meri and Jorge Sampaio. Photo: Portuguese Presidential Archives
President Meri met with the President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio at the summit of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Lisbon.
04.04.1997
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal with a note of the decision to establish an Estonian embassy in Lisbon.
26.08.1997
The first Charge d’Affaires ad Interim Meelike Palli assumed office Meelike Palli. Photo: private collection
The task of Meelike Palli was to lay the foundation for the future embassy. She was in office from 1997–1999.

“Accreditation took almost two months and the card of a diplomat residing in Lisbon was issued to me on 26 August 1997. Although our Ministry of Foreign Affairs had informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal on 4 April 1997 with a note of the decision to establish an Estonian embassy in Lisbon and send a charge d’affaires ad interim there, we had to do it again with the respective note of the embassy in Paris. Firstly, the note sent in spring had been hopelessly lost and secondly, the Vienna Convention states that the appointment of a charge d’affaires ad interim must be organised from the embassy where the ambassador accredited to the respective country resides.

Andres Tomasberg, the ambassador in Paris, represented Estonia in Portugal. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal gave its consent to the opening of the embassy on 28 July. The issue of the response note was partly also delayed because of the technical errors in the round of approval. When I called and asked about the response for the umpteenth time,

I was told that “everything is almost done, it’s just that the people in a department noticed that Eslovénia had been written in the approval document instead of Estónia and we had to redo the papers”.

These names were often confused, because they sound similar. (Slovenia had opened an embassy and dispatched a charge d’affaires ad interim about a year earlier.) Andres Tomasberg’s term of office ended in late 1997 and the next ambassador in Paris was not appointed to Lisbon. No ambassador was appointed at all, not from any city. So for a year and half, I was actually substituting for nobody. The Protocol Department of Portugal also pointed this out when I left in summer 1999, urging the Estonian Government “to ensure that international practices are followed” and to accredit a new ambassador when the new charge d’affaires is dispatched.

Raul Mälk, the Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was also appointed the ambassador in Lisbon on 28 October 1999. (…) To satisfy the curiosity of real estate brokers, I almost always had to tell them what kind of country Estonia is, where it’s situation and what language people speak there. Those who already knew this wanted to know more about life in the country and its history. The role of a female charge d’affaires ad interim, who seemed to be taking care of absolutely everything, seemed unprecedented to the service staff of real estate, water, electricity and telephone companies. I was usually regarded as some sort of administrator who was making preparations for setting up the embassy or as the ambassador’s wife who was helping her husband to fill her days. Time and again, I had to answer the question: “Is your husband a diplomat?” and many officials were seriously baffled when, after they advised me to “take these papers to the embassy, have them sealed and signed by the head of the mission”, I fished the seal out of my handbag, and sealed and signed the papers myself where necessary.

Source: “The Second Coming. Foreign Missions of Estonia after Restoration of Independence. Establishment of an Embassy in Lisbon”, Meelike Palli, Eeva Eek-Pajuste, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2003

1999
The new charge d’affaires ad interim Paul Lettens assumed office
Paul Lettens was in office from 1999–2002.
21.04.1999
Mutual visa waiver agreement
The mutual visa waiver agreement between the Republic of Estonia and the Portuguese Republic, which entered into force on 1 May 1999, was signed in Lisbon. It was signed by the charge d’affaires ad interim of the Republic of Estonia in Lisbon Meelike Palli and the Foreign Minister of Portugal Jaime Gama.
15.03.2000
Ambassador Raul Mälk presented his credentials
The Ambassador of Estonia Raul Mälk (non-resident ambassador, based in London, since 2001 in Tallinn, 2000–2003) presented his credentials to President Jorge Sampaio.
2000 - 2001
Agreements and contracts
On 10 May 2000 in Lisbon, the Republic of Estonia and the Portuguese Republic entered into a tourism cooperation agreement, which entered into force on 18 July 2001. It was signed by Estonian tourism official Riina Lõhmus and Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism Vítor Neto
  • The agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Portuguese Republic on international road transport of passengers and goods was entered into on 29 May 2001. It was signed by the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Estonia Toivo Jürgenson and the Minister for Social Security of the Portuguese Republic Eduardo Luís Barreto Ferro Rodrigues.
  • The agreement between Estonia and Portugal on readmission of persons, which entered into force on 26 September 2003, was entered into on 12 November 2001 in Lisbon. It was signed by the Ambassador of Estonia to the Holy See Indrek Tarand and the Minister of Society João Rui de Almeida.
12.04.2001
The non-resident Ambassador of Portugal Filipe Guterres assumed office and held it from 2001–2004 President Lennart Meri võttis vastu Portugali suursaadik Filipe Guterrese volikirjad. Foto: Presidendi Kantselei
2001
Estonian national epic “Kalevipoeg” published in Portuguese
An abridged version of the Estonian epic “Kalevipoeg” (“O filho de Kalev”) was published in Portuguese. It was translated by 94-year-old Mia Liblik, an Estonian living in São Paulo, Brazil, who translated the shorter version of Kalevipoeg created by writer Eno Raud for children into Portuguese with her god-daughter Ellen.
10.11.2001
Visit of Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar to Portugal
“The two small countries – Estonia and Portugal – have many common interests that we should defend together in the European Union,” said Prime Minister Laar. “We will also discuss our bilateral relations that could be even closer in terms of trade.”
2002
New charge d’affaires ad interim Märt Piiskop assumed office in the embassy in Lisbon and held it from 2002–2003 Relocation of the Embassy to its current address. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
Märt Piiskop moved to the embassy’s new address in Rua Filipe Folque, where it’s still located today.
19.12.2002
The Lisbon Estonian Society was established
The Lisbon Estonian Society, which operated until 2008, was established. Interview with the chairman of the society Rein Topper in 2003:

“We’ve planned to bring something from Estonian folklore from Estonia to Portugal for our summer and autumn event and discussed the organisation of an art exhibition. One of the biggest events of our society would probably be the Midsummer Day celebration in the beautiful Serra da Estrela mountains on 21 June, where we’re are planning to follow old Estonian Midsummer customs and play traditional games, and certainly have a real bonfire in the evening. I believe that it will be interesting for Portuguese people to watch this and also join in.”

Source: Estonian World Review, 27. mai, 2003 https://www.eesti.ca/nadala-portree-intervjuu-lissaboni-eesti-seltsi-esimehe-rein-topperiga/article4329

2003
The University of Tartu joined the Coimbra Group of renowned universities Coimbra Grupp
28.03.2003
Secretary General of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Priit Kolbre opened the honorary consulate of Estonia in Porto Mário Nuno dos Santos Ferreira. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
Estonian Honorary Consul in Porto Mário Nuno was born in 1968 and is an entrepreneur. He mainly operates in the area of hotels and tourism, and he’s also the co-owner of several restaurants. Mário Nuno Dos Santos Ferreira is also a member of the Porto Association of Businessmen.
12 - 13 May 2003
State visit of the President of Portugal Jorge Fernando de Sampaio to Estonia President Arnold Rüütel gives the collar of the Cross of Terra Mariana to the President of Portugal on 11 May 2003. Photo: Erik Peinar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Presidents and First Ladies. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal

Presidents and First Ladies. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal

Portugali president Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio riigivisiit Eestisse. Foto: Rahvusarhiiv

State visit of President Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio to Estonia. Photo: Estonian National Archive

Portugali president Sampaio kohtub Juhan Partsiga. Foto: Rahvusarhiiv

President Sampaio meets with Juhan Parts. Photo: Estonian National Archive

2003
The first Ambassador of estonia who resided in Lisbon, Aino Lepik von Wirén (in office from 2003–2006), presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio
2004
Estonia joined NATO on 29 March 2004 and the European Union on 1 May 2004
July 2004
“The Dairyman of Mäeküla” by Eduard Vilde was published in Portuguese “The Dairyman of Mäeküla” by Eduard Vilde was published in Portuguese. Photo: internet
“The Dairyman of Mäeküla” (in Estonian: “Mäeküla piimamees”, in Portuguese: “O Leiteiro de Mäeküla”), a novel by Eduard Vilde, was published in Portuguese. It was translated from the English version by Nuno Batalha. The novel was published in the New Europe book series, which was dedicated to introducing the Member States of the European Union.
April 2004
Official visit of Prime Minister Juhan Parts to Portugal
Parts met with Portuguese Prime Minister Barroso, President of the Portuguese Parliament Mota Amaral and Defence Minister Portas.
2004
The Estonia-Portugal friendship group was formed in the Riigikogu
The Estonia-Portugal friendship group was formed in the Riigikogu. It’s chairman was Maret Maripuu and the vice-chairman was Mailis Reps.
22.10.2004
Estonia opened an honorary consulate in Tavira Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tavira. Photo: Archives of Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tavira
The honorary consulate covered the area of Algarve and Baixa-Alentejo. This was the second honorary consulate of Estonia in Portugal. The new honorary consul of Estonia was Manuel Gonçalo Pereira Martins Dias, who was active in the areas of tourism and real estate, and promoted golf tourism in Algarve.

Inauguration of Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tavira. Photo: Archives of Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tavira
Inauguration of Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tavira. Photo: Archives of Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tavira

09.12.2004
The non-resident Ambassador of Portugal João Manuel da Cruz da Silva Leitão presented his credentials to President Arnold Rüütel Portugali mitteresideeruv suursaadik João Manuel da Cruz da Silva Leitão esitas volikirjad president Arnold Rüütlile. Foto: Presidendi Kantselei
He was in office from 2004–2005.
21.11.2005
Ana Paula Baptista Grade Zacarias, the first Ambassador of Portugal who resided in Estonia (in office from 2005–2009), presented her credentials to President Arnold Rüütel Ambassador Zacarias presents her credentials to President Arnold Rüütel on 21 November 2005. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Zacarias is the Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal since 2017.
27.11.2005
President of Estonia Arnold Rüütel went on a state visit to Portugal President Rüütel on a state visit in Portugal. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
He had meetings with the President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio, Prime Minister José Socrates and President of the Assembly of the Republic Jaime Gama. They recognised the good mutual relations of the two countries and their close cooperation in the European Union and NATO. The President of Portugal presented the Grand Collar of the Order of Liberty (Grande Colar da Ordem da Liberdade) to President Rüütel and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit to Mrs Ingrid Rüütel, the Estonian head of state presented the Collar of the Order of the White Star to President Sampaio and the Order of the White Star to Mrs Sampaio.

Rüütel

President Rüütel on a state visit in Portugal. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

12.09.2006
Deputy Foreign Minister of Portugal Manuel Lobo Antunes officially opened the embassy at Kohtu 10, Tallinn
This was a special occasion, because the embassy in Tallinn was the only embassy of Portugal in the Baltic States. The embassy operated in Tallinn until 2012.
15.09.2006
Ambassador of Estonia Mart Tarmak presented his credentials to President Aníbal António Cavaco Silva Ambassador Mart Tarmak on the Embassy´s balcony. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
Mart Tarmak was in office from 2006–2010.

Eesti suursaadik Mart Tarmak esitas oma volikirjad Portugali president Aníbal António Cavaco Silvale. Allikas: Portugali Presidendi Kantselei arhiiv

Ambassador of Estonia Mart Tarmak presented his credentials to President Aníbal António Cavaco Silva. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal

Eesti suursaadik Mart Tarmak esitas oma volikirjad Portugali president Aníbal António Cavaco Silvale. Allikas: Portugali Presidendi Kantselei arhiiv

Ambassador of Estonia Mart Tarmak presented his credentials to President Aníbal António Cavaco Silva. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal

5 - 6 December 2005
Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip visited Portugal
In Lisbon, Prime Minister Ansip met with the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Prime Minister José Sócrates, Minister of Economy and Innovation Manuel Pinho and Vice President of the Parliament Guilherme Silva. The relations of the two countries in the areas of foreign and security policy, economy and cultural cooperation were discussed at the meetings. The Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in 2007 and the European neighbourhood policy were also discussed.
24.09.2008
Cross of merit to the President of Portugal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves presented the Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana to the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Estonia
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves presented the Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana to the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silval and thanked him for supporting the policy of non-recognition of the annexation of the Baltic States.
30.03.2009
Visit of Portuguese Foreign Minister Luís Amado to Estonia
Amado was also the first Portuguese Foreign Minister who visited Estonia.
19 - 23 July 2009
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on a working visit to Portugal
In addition to the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President Ilves also met with the Portuguese Foreign Minister Luís Amado. They discussed the relations of Estonia and Portugal, the promotion of economic and educational contacts between the two states, and the development of cultural ties. They also spoke about topical issues in the European Union and opportunities for furthering the cooperation between Estonia and Portugal in other international organisations.

In 2008 President Ilves bestowed the Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana on the President of Portugal Cavaco Silva for supporting the policy of non-recognition of the occupation of Estonia.
10.12.2009
Ambassador of Portugal Maria de Fátima de Pina Perestrello presented her credentials to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Alllikas: https://vp2006-2016.president.ee/en/image/collection_id-1830.html
She was in office from 2009–2016.
22.03.2010
Opening of the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, the Azores Ambassador Mart Tarmak opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, the Azores. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
Ambassador of Estonia to Portugal Mart Tarmak opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, the Azores Horácio Franco, a well-known businessman in Portugal, became the honorary consul of Estonia. The honorary consulate was closed after the death of Honorary Consul Horácio Franco in 2017.
15.04.2010
Ambassador of Estonia Mart Tarmak opened the exhibition of the oil paintings of Estonian artist Imat Suumann “Estonian Landscape” in the gallery of the Convento dos Cardaes in Lisbon. Ambassador Tarmak opened the exhibition of the oil paintings of Imat Suuman. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
15.10.2010
Ambassador of Estonia Marin Mõttus (in office from 2010–2013) presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Ambassador Marin Mõttus presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

Suursaadik Marin Mõttus. Foto: saatkonna arhiiv

Ambassador Marin Mõttus. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

May 2011
Luso-Baltic Chamber of Commerce Opening of the Luso-Baltic Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
The Luso-Baltic Chamber of Commerce, whose goal was to develop economic contacts between the Baltic States and Portuguese-speaking countries, was founded in Portugal. The board of the Chamber paid a networking visit to Estonia in September 2011.
15.11.2011
A special performance of “Purge” by Sofi Oksanen, which was preceded by a reception in honour of the author, took place in the Teatro Aberto in Lisbon Sofi Oksanen (on the left). Photo: Archives of the Embassy
The production was a success and the audience’s impressions and feedback were positive. The Portuguese version of Sofi Oksanen’s novel “Purge”, published by Objectiva, was presented the next day, on 16 November. The book presentation was held at the Fnac Chiado bookstore in the old town of Lisbon.
December 2011
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves attended the meeting of the eHealth Task Force of the European Union in Portugal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Portugal. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
February 2012
Opening of the major Estonian-Portuguese jewellery art exhibition Border City with a reception at the Camões Institute in Lisbon Opening of the exhibition „Border City“. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
The exhibition was organised by the best of the best: Kadri Mälk and Tanel Veenre from Estonia, President of the Portuguese Association of Jewellery Art Cristina Filipe, gallery owner and jewellery artist Paula Crespo, sculptor Rui Chafez and many others. The curator of the project was Harry Liivrand. In addition to exhibiting jewellery and other works of art, the exhibition also had an important message: Tallinn and Lisbon are united by many things that have been important throughout history, such as salt trade, the status of a border state, proximity to the sea. A detailed catalogue in three languages was prepared for the exhibition, which is of lasting value as reading material about the cultural relations between Estonia and Portugal.
2012
Portugal closed its embassy in Tallinn and started covering Estonia from Helsinki
Portugal explained that the reasons for the decision were the recession and the need to cut costs.
2013
Estonia and Portugal started cooperating in the mutual use of the premises of representations
Thus, an Estonian diplomat worked in the Portuguese Embassy in Brasília from 2013–2014 and Portuguese diplomats have worked in Estonian embassies in Vilnius (first half of 2013), Riga (first half of 2015) and Astana (September 2014 to December 2015).
30.10.2013
Ambassador of Estonia Andres Rundu presented his credentials to President Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Ambassador Andres Rundu presented his credentials to President Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
He was in office from 2013–2018.
29 - 30 September 2014
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves stayed in Braga on a working visit to Portugal President Toomas Hendrik Ilves meeting with President Jorge Sampaio. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal
The President attended the meeting of the Arraiolos Group that discusses the topical issues of the European Union and spoke about energy, migration, employment and other matters important to the European Union alongside the other heads of state.

The Arraiolos Group is known as a series of informal meetings that began in 2003 and that is the gathering of the heads of state who, in accordance with the constitutions of their countries, do not participate in the European Council.
The first meeting was organised by the President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio in the town of Arraiolos, Portugal, and it was attended by the heads of state of Latvia, Poland, Germany, Finland and Hungary. The number of attendees grew at the meeting held in Helsinki in 2005, as Austria and Italy also joined the group. Slovenia was invited to participate in 2011, and Estonia and Bulgaria were invited to join last year.
10.02.2016
Ambassador of Estonia to Portugal Andres Rundu opened an honorary consulate of Estonia in Funchal, the centre of the autonomous region of Madeira Ambassador Andres Rundu and Honorary Consul Fernando Faria de Catanho. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
The honorary consul of Estonia in Funchal is Fernando Faria de Catanho. At the opening of the honorary consulate, Ambassador Rundu noted that the number of Estonian tourists visiting Madeira has increased constantly. This in its turn has increased the need for consular assistance and the newly appointed honorary consul will now be able to help those who need it. At the opening, the honorary consul emphasised his desire to contribute to the strengthening of the ties between Estonia and Portugal, especially in the areas of tourism, economy and culture. The representative of the regional local government of Madeira said that whilst Estonia is celebrating its 100th anniversary and Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 600 years have passed since the discovery of Madeira and the two maritime countries could celebrate these occasions with a joint cultural event.

The opening reception was attended by the President of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira Tranquada Gomes, Regional Secretary for Tourism of Madeira Eduardo Jesus, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madeira Cristina Pedra and Mayor of Funchal Paulo Cafôfo. It was followed by the opening of a photo exhibition about Estonia in the Funchal Municipal Theatre. The Honorary Consul of Estonia in Funchal Fernando Faria de Catanho was born in 1974 and speaks English and Spanish in addition to Portuguese. He graduated from the Autonomous University of Lisbon in the speciality of international business management and from the Lusíada University of Lisbon in the speciality of economics. The new honorary consul manages the real estate company Barreto, Fernando & Daniel and is active in the administration of the regional office of the Ministry of Justice.

2016
Visa representation agreement
Estonia and Portugal signed a visa representation agreement according to which Portugal represents Estonia in Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
12.01.2017
Ambassador of Portugal António Manuel Coelho da Costa Moura, who resides in Helsinki and is accredited to Estonia, presented his credentials to President Kersti Kaljulaid. Ambassador of Portugal António Manuel Coelho da Costa Moura presented his credentials to President Kersti Kaljulaid. Photo: Annika Haas, Archive of the Office of the President of Estonia
Ambassador Costa Moura resigned in December 2020.
05.06.2017
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa during the working visit organised for preparation of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In addition to introducing the priorities of the presidency, the focus was on the EU neighbourhood policy, improvement of defence cooperation, fight against terrorism, energy security, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the digital single market.
01.06.2017
Start of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Logo of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
2017
Estonian company Pipedrive, which offers sales management software, opened an office with 100 employees in Lisbon Pipedrive. Photo: digigeenius.ee (internet)
The company decided to expand to Lisbon, because many specialists of a certain technical background can be found in Portugal and as Brazil is one of the most important markets of Pipedrive, it’s employees should be able to speak Portuguese.
October 2017
Arsis Handbell Ensemble in Portugal Concert of the Arsis Handbell Ensemble. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
In addition to other events, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was celebrated in Portugal with a concert of the Arsis Handbell Ensemble in the Lisbon City Hall and in Igreja dos Clérigo, which is one of the best known churches in Porto.
2018
Many cultural events were held in Portugal throughout 2018 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia Poster for the MONSTRA Festival designed by Priit Pärn
In February, the musicians of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Lisbon School of Music performed together at a chamber music concert in the Thalia Theatre in Lisbon, which was followed by a reception in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. In March, Estonia was in the spotlight as the guest country at the Monstra Animation Festival. Many top Estonian animated filmmakers visited the festival, incl. Priit and Olga Pärn, who supervised animation workshops.
- In March and April, it was possible to see an exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary in the Lisbon Puppet Museum and an exhibition of the illustrations and engravings of Priit and Olga Pärn in Fábrica Braço de Prata.

Kammermuusika kontsert Lissaboni Thalia teatris. Foto: saatkonna arhiiv

Chamber music concert in the Thalia Theatre in Lisbon. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

20.03.2018
Meeting of defence ministers Estonian Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik in Lisbon. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Estonia
Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik met with the Portuguese Defence Minister José Azeredo Lopes in Lisbon to discuss the NATO summit to be held in July and the aspects of bilateral defence cooperation. Defence ministers Luik and Azeredo Lopes spoke about the development of bilateral cooperation of Estonia and Portugal in the area of cyber defence and highlighted the need for joint cyber training events of the EU and NATO. According to Defence Minister Luik, Estonia and Portugal share a common understanding of the increasing importance cyber defence and it’s positive that Portugal will soon join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn. The defence ministers signed an updated framework agreement on defence cooperation with a focus on cyber defence.
24.04.2018
01.06.2018
Visit of the Portuguese Defence Minister José Alberto Azeredo Lopes to Estonia Visit of the Minister of Defence of Portugal, José Alberto Azeredo Lopes to Estonia. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Estonia
Estonian Defence Minister Luik thanked the Portuguese defence minister for the contribution of the country’s air forces to the Baltic air-policing mission of NATO and congratulated Portugal on becoming a member of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence operating in Tallinn. At the end of the meeting, the defence ministers of Portugal and Estonia placed a wreath on the War of Independence Victory Column.
The Portuguese defence minister also attended the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn and visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
01.10.2018
Ambassador of Estonia Ruth Lausma Luik presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Ambassador of Estonia Ruth Lausma Luik presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Eesti suursaadik Ruth Lausma Luik esitas oma volikirjad Portugali president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousale. Foto: Eesti välisministeeriumi arhiiv

Ambassador of Estonia Ruth Lausma Luik presented her credentials to the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

October 2018
Major renovations at the Estonian Embassy Embassy in Lisbon after renovation. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
Major renovations were carried out on the premises of the embassy in Lisbon from August to October 2018, which had been postponed for a long time due to the embassy's uncertain future. According to its concept, the new interior design tells the story of Estonia and has received a lot of positive feedback.

Lissaboni saatkond peale remonti. Foto: saatkonna arhiiv

Embassy in Lisbon after renovation. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

2018
Portugal participated in NATO's Baltic air-policing mission as the lead nation
Portugal has participated in Baltic air-policing missions four times in total (in 2007, 2014, 2016 and 2018).
2018
Success of Estonia startup Monese in Portugal Norris Koppel. Photo: internet
Estonian startup Monese, which provides global banking services, opened an office with 25 employees in Lisbon. According to Norris Koppel, the founder and CEO of Monese, Lisbon is one of the best places in Europe for technology companies. In Lisbon, it’s easier for companies to find and recruit the best technology specialists in Europe and to cooperate with them.
15 - 17 April 2019
State visit of President Kersti Kaljulaid to Portugal State visit of President Kersti Kaljulaid to Portugal. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
The president was accompanied on the visit by a business delegation of 25 members, there were several important meetings and it was obvious that the two states really understand one another. Portugal and Estonia are both progressive digital countries and in addition to developing their bilateral cooperation, the two states would also like to foster this progressive attitude throughout the European Union. A memorandum of understanding in the area of e-health was signed as a result of the visit to make it possible for Estonia and Portugal to start mutually recognising and using digital prescriptions.

Official dinner. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

Delegatsioon. Foto: saatkonna arhiiv

Delegation. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

Presidents on the street. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal

Presidents taking the tram and on the street. Photo: Archive of the Office of the President of Portugal

President Kaljulaid kinnitas Portugali parlamendihoones digiallkirjaga otsuse nimetada Jüri Ratas peaministrikandidaadiks. Foto: saatkonna arhiiv

President Kaljulaid digitally signed the decision to appoint Jüri Ratas the candidate Prime Minister at the building of the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

01.04.2019
The Estonia-Portugal friendship group was formed in the Riigikogu
Aivar Sõerd became the chairman.
September 2019
On the way to Antarctica, sailing vessel Admiral Bellingshausen made her last, but important stop on the European continent in Lisbon Sailing vessel Admiral Bellingshausen. Photo: Maris Pruuli
Portugal as a country of outstanding maritime history was perfect for this stop. The crew of the ship was welcomed by the President of the Lisbon Geographic Society Luís Aires Barros, speeches were made and the attendees reminisced about the highlights of the history of exploration. Ambassador of Estonia to Portugal Ruth Lausma Luik spoke about the ties between Tallinn and Lisbon: in the Middle Ages, salt was transported from Portugal to Estonia whilst Portugal got good mast trees for its impressive ships from the territories of Estonia in the north.

  • Source: Postimees 26.09.2019 https://heureka.postimees.ee/6787619/antarktika-200-laevalogi-mis-uhendab-tallinna-ja-lissaboni
01.02.2020
Visit of Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to Portugal (Beja)
This was the only physical visit from Estonia to Portugal in 2020. Prime Minister Ratas visited Beja to attend the summit of the Friends of Cohesion of the European Union, i.e. 17 Member States, to discuss the next long-term budget of the community for 2021–2027.
March 2020
Corona pandemic Bilateral EU consultations between the foreign ministries of Estonia and Portugal on 13 July. Photo: Foreign Ministry of Portugal
The corona pandemic started and brought along major changes in everyday life: Portugal established a lockdown and the obligation to wear a mask, the embassy in Lisbon helped hundreds of Estonian citizens to return to Estonia from Portugal, Morocco, Cabo Verde and Peru, and organised evacuation flights to bring people back to Estonia.
However, the relations between the two countries did not stop, as the era of video diplomacy started. The bilateral EU consultations between the foreign ministries of Estonia and Portugal took place on 13 July and the video consultations between the ministers for European affairs of Estonia and Portugal were held on 21 December.
01.06.2020
Citizens of Portugal can buy prescription medicines in Estonia on the basis of digital prescriptions Signing of the memorandum of understanding in the area of e-health by Estonian IT Minister Rene Tammist and Portugal´s Health Minister Marta Temido. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
It was agreed during the state visit of President Kersti Kaljulaid to Portugal that Estonia and Portugal will start exchanging digital descriptions. It will be possible use digital prescriptions issued in Portugal to buy medicines in Estonian pharmacies as of 1 June 2020. This is good news in the relations of the two countries as well as for the entire health sector, and a step towards a more digital Europe.
28 - 29 September 2020
Visit of Portuguese Defence Minister João Gomes Cravinho to Estonia João Gomes Cravinho on a visit in Estonia. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Estonia
The defence ministers of Estonia and Portugal discussed the issues concerning the defence policy of NATO and the European Union and the security threats to the alliance arising from the east and the south. The defence minister of Portugal also attended the ABCD Security Conference in Tallinn. Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik emphasised that although Portugal and Estonia are the NATO allies that are the farthest from each other geographically, it’s important that we share a similar understanding of the threats to our security.
October 2020
The book “Os Blumthal” was translated into Estonia The book „The Blumthals“ in Estonian. Photo: Archives of the Embassy
The 2019 book “Os Blumthal” by José Milhazes, one of the best known contemporary political writers in Portugal, which is based on the story of the family of his Estonian wife Siiri, was translated into Estonian.

The book “Os Blumthal” by José Milhazes in Estonian and Portuguese. Photo: Archives of the Embassy

21.12.2020
Video consultations between the ministers for European affairs of Estonia and Portugal Portugal´s Minister for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias holding video consultations on 21 December. Photo: Foreign Ministry of Portugal
They were part of the preparations for the impeding Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Undersecretary for European Affairs of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Märt Volmer and Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal Ana Paula Zacarias took part.
01.01.2021
Start of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union Logo of Portugal´s Presidency of the Council of the European Union
03.02.2021
Once hundred years passed since Portugal recognised Estonia de jure
100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Portugal!