Abja-Pajuola is now Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021

The Estonian town of Abja-Paluoja, capital of the historic Mulgimaa region, has just become the new cultural capital of the Finno-Ugric peoples. We went to check it out.

Longer video here:


Abja-Paluoja will become the official Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture in the Mulgimaa region of the Republic of Estonia in 2021 and will take over the title from the village of Miškan in Bashkortostan on February 13.

The opening ceremony taking place in Abja-Paluoja where the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, the Minister of Culture Anneli Ott, the Patron and President of Mulgimaa Toomas Hendrik Ilves, and the former Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture, the village of Miškan in Bashkortostan will say their welcoming words will reach 25 million Finno-Ugric people around the world via a live broadcast:


“The Year of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture once again brings the issue of cultural diversity to the center of attention. The program values heritage and helps the cultures of kinfolks to develop in today’s world,” said Ave Grenberg, director of the Institute of Mulgi Culture and leader of the Capital of Culture program.

Abja-Paluoja is the ancient capital of Mulgimaa, located in Mulgi municipality, Estonia, and was awarded the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture in 2021. Mulgimaa consists of three Estonian rural municipalities, Mulgi Parish, Tõrva Parish, and Viljandi Parish, which are located in Southern Estonia.

The Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021 program has been implemented with the support of the LEADER measure.

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