The crime rate in Tallinn decreased by nearly 2 percent last year compared with 2002, the city administration announced. A total of 24,712 crimes were registered in the capital last year. In all, there were 33 percent fewer burglaries, 36 percent fewer public thefts and robberies, 14 percent fewer auto thefts. Shoplifting, however, grew by 78 percent.
Compensation to victims of the occupation regimes will take some 639,000 euros from the state budget in 2003. According to recently approved legislation, people who were repressed, deported or had otherwise suffered during the German and the Soviet occupation can apply for compensation of medical treatment expenses including dental and rehabilitation care. The compensation can also be used for public transportation expenses from next year on. There are about 25,000 people in Estonia who could apply for the compensation, according to the Social Affairs Ministry.
The 12th volume of the Estonian Encyclopedia and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" were the most popular books in the country last year, according to the Estonian Publishers' Union. There were 15,853 copies of the encyclopedia volume and 12,799 copies of Rowling's latest novel sold in Estonia. Third place went to Martti Turtola's book "President Konstantin Pats" which sold 12,000 copies.