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Johann Voldemar Jannsen | by Mundus Gregorius
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Johann Voldemar Jannsen

Johann Voldemar Jannsen (16 May 1819 - 13 July 1890) was a central figure in the Estonian National Awakening Movement. He edited the first issue of the weekly paper Perno Postimees on 5 June 1857, marking the beginning of continuous journalism in the Estonian language. While working as a primary school teacher in Pärnu, he published the newspaper until 1863.


Jannsen organised the first Estonian Song Festival in 1869 and the second in 1879 in Tartu. He was a prolific writer and also wrote the words for the Estonian national anthem.


This memorial to Jannsen was unveiled on 1 June 2007 at the initiative of the Pärnu Postimees and Postimees newspaper and with Support from the Estonian Gouvernement to celebrate 150 years of continuous Estonian language journalism. The statue is the work of Mati Karmin (sculptor).

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Taken on September 10, 2012