Despite the much-discussed sugar price increase, most Estonians have not been rushing to horde sugar, according to a survey by Emor. About 76 percent of the population did not buy more sugar than usual in December, the survey found, and only 5 percent admitted they bought several times more sugar than usual. Emor analysts believe the sugar boom may emerge closer to the May 1 accession threshold. Currently the retail sugar price in Estonia stands at some 0.35 euros per kilogram, whereas in the EU it is about three times higher.
An unidentified man robbed a Hansabank office in Parnu on Dec. 30. The masked robber threatened the bank clerk with a gunlike object and then left the office after receiving the cash box that contained about 9,000 euros. Police said evidence that could lead to the perpetrator was discovered at the crime scene. It was the second bank robbery in Estonia in the last three weeks of December.
A representative of the Estonian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate suggested this week that the Orthodox Christmas could be a national holiday in Estonia due to the high number of Orthodox believers in the country. According to Father Leonty Morozkin, the Moscow-controlled branch of the Estonian Orthodox Church has 31 temples and about 150,000 believers in Estonia, a group almost as large as the dominating Lutheran Church.