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Why Estonians need to work on Easter Monday?

"At present Estonia has 11 public holidays, less than many other European countries."

At present Estonia has more reasons than most European countries to find ways to become more competitive. Actually Europe as a whole faces the challenge.

Most European countries don't have shortened working days prior to the primary public holidays. Most European countries don't have 2 independence days or Estonian-style Midsummer holidays. Reply to the comment answer
~Jay [09.04.2012, 16:01]
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Why not just introduce sweatshops and get it over. After all Eesti is third world. Reply to the comment answer
~balt eesti keel [09.04.2012, 18:09]
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Both Good Friday and Easter Monday are normal working days in the US, and the US is a very religious country compared to Estonia.

I'm actually surprised Estonia has Good Friday as a national holiday, considering Estonia is considered one of the least religious countries in the world:

And here is an example of how some Estonians feel about religion. Here's some photos of Catholics celebrating Easter in Tallinn:

The commenters for the article have written things about how they look like the Ku Klux Klan, that the church is brainwashing people, and that it exists just for gaining money. There seems to be little respect for religion at all, so why should Good Friday and Easter Monday be holidays if most people in the country don't even care? Reply to the comment answer
~ameeriklane [09.04.2012, 19:53]
Move it from a national bank holiday to an additional day of paid vacation and this you can do pretty much with the other bank holiday days. Then people have the choice to take out their holiday whenever they want, for Estaer for Ramadan, for Casino games on Lebanon or whatever they would like to do in a particular day. Why do we need government regulating for us when we should take a brake to our engines?
~knut albers [09.04.2012, 20:20]
I certainly agree with your comments about about the lack of respect for religion in Estonia. I believe it partly explains the ethical behavior in Estonia (or lack thereof) as there is no guiding moral compass whatsoever amongst the Estonian people. Their guiding principle seems to be closer to Crowley's "Do what thou wilt" Law of Thelema.
~zebber [10.04.2012, 11:17]
It is more a lack of respect of humanity, not of religion in particular.

Or as Piret Jürgenson stated in their book "Estonian youth on the path to the future: An exploratory study of adolescents of Estonian and Russian origin" (page 214, German Edition, printed in 2011):

"In this respect the society and also parents gaze largely on the career-related achievements of their children, young people believe that it is in life very important to learn a prestigious job, without to necessarily have an affinity for a specific subject. The decisive factor for them is therefore most the social status of their desired career field of activity. It is hardly studied with the aim to broaden personal experiences and skills in the sense of self-realization or to seek general humanistic ideals and the common good. Education has lost the humanist-normative imprint, but adopted a utilitarian one."
~knut albers [10.04.2012, 12:28]
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Pagans! Reply to the comment answer
~Reverend [09.04.2012, 22:56]
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"in Europe only Estonia, Belarus, Portugal and Turkey refuse to make Easter Monday a public holiday."

Geography lessons needed by the journalist.

Turkey is certainly not a European country - and being 99.9% muslim - with a definite bias against Christians - why was it included in the list that do not celbrate Easter Monday at all??? Reply to the comment answer
~Ross [10.04.2012, 04:42]
Since you so pointedly demanded a geography lesson, here it is .. take a look at map on this link http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/europe/turkey/
take notice that part of Turkey is on European continent.
About religious leanings .. you are mistaken once again .. it has a substantial Christian and Shia Alevi community, please see yourself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Turkey
~International Citizen [10.04.2012, 16:05]
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Interestingly, Good Friday is a holiday for some in the US. The stock market is closed that day, so any bank or brokerage firm that deals primarily with the stock market gives the day off for those employees.
In Estonia however, the percentage of religious population is quite small, so giving an extra holiday seems somewhat absurd. Reply to the comment answer
~Hugo [10.04.2012, 15:28]
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