100 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Estonia and Spain

On 8 February 1921, Spain recognised the Republic of Estonia de jure, marking the beginning of official diplomatic relations.

For the anniversary year, we have compiled a timeline of Estonian–Spain relations. It is a chronological gallery of historical photographs, documents, and texts, which provides an overview of the unique and important moments of the relations between the two countries over 100 years.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the collection of facts, photos, and documents!

To see the photo titles, move your cursor to the photo. Happy time travelling!

Estonian embassy in Spain

Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

24 February 1918
The independence of the Republic of Estonia was declared Reading the declaration of independence from the balcony of the Endla Theatre in Pärnu. Photo: Collection of Pärnu Museum Reading the declaration of independence from the balcony of the Endla Theatre in Pärnu. Photo: Collection of Pärnu Museum
At the initiative of the Salvation Committee, the Estonian Declaration of Independence was compiled, which was publicly read on 23 February 1918 from the balcony of the Endla Theatre in Pärnu. The next day, on 24 February 1918, the Salvation Committee declared Estonia an independent democratic republic.
8 March 1921
The Kingdom of Spain recognised the Republic of Estonia de jure, marking the beginning of official diplomatic relations. Letter from the Spanish Foreign Minister to the Estonian representative in Paris on 5 March 1921. Photo: National Archives Letter from the Spanish Foreign Minister to the Estonian representative in Paris on 5 March 1921. Photo: National Archives

Letter from the Spanish Foreign Minister to the Estonian representative in Paris on 5 March 1921. Photo: National Archives

6 December 1921
The first Spanish ambassador to Estonia, Joaquin de Ezpeleta y Montenegro, presented his credentials to the State Elder of the Republic of Estonia Spanish envoy to Estonia Joaquin de Ezpeleta (back left) with Latvian, Italian, and French envoys in Helsinki in 1921. Photo: Archives of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spanish envoy to Estonia Joaquin de Ezpeleta (back left) with Latvian, Italian, and French envoys in Helsinki in 1921. Photo: Archives of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In the photo the Spanish ambassador to Estonia Joaquín de Ezpeleta (back left) with the ambassadors of Latvia, Italy and France in Helsinki in 1921. The ambassador resides in Helsinki. Before World War II, the Spanish embassies in Helsinki and Paris had jurisdiction in Estonia.

 

Credentials of Joaquin de Ezpeleta to the State Elder of the Republic of Estonia. Photo: National Archives

22 February 1928
Spanish ambassador Alonso Avilay Bernabeu presented his credentials to the State Elder of Estonia Jaan Tõnisson Spanish envoy M. A. Avilay Bernabeu arriving to the presentation of his credentials. In front of the car, the head of the political office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs E. Kirotar. Photo: National Archives Spanish envoy M. A. Avilay Bernabeu arriving to the presentation of his credentials. In front of the car, the head of the political office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs E. Kirotar. Photo: National Archives
The envoy resided in Helsinki.

Grupifoto Hispaania saadiku Alonso Avila y Bernabeu ametisse nimetamiselt. Foto: Rahvusarhiiv

Group photo of the appointment of Alonso Avila y Bernabeu, Spanish envoy. From the left: Elmar Kirotar, Head of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spanish envoy, State Elder Jaan Tõnisson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hans Rebane. National Archives

Hispaania saadik M.A. Avila y Bernbeu aukompaniist Toompea lossi ees möödumas. Foto: Rahvusarhiiv

Spanish envoy M. A. Avilay Bernabeu passing the honour society in front of the Toompea castle. Photo: National Archives

1 January 1933
Otto Strandman, envoy of the Republic of Estonia to France, Belgium, Spain, and the Vatican, based in Paris, became the Estonian envoy Otto Strandman. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Otto Strandman. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Strandman presented his credentials on 24 on April 1935, remaining in office until 11 March 1939.
July 1936
Spanish Civil War The devastation of the Spanish Civil War in Madrid, the ruined church on Rosso de Luna Street in the Arguelles district. Photo: National Archives The devastation of the Spanish Civil War in Madrid, the ruined church on Rosso de Luna Street in the Arguelles district. Photo: National Archives
In July 1936, the Spanish Civil War began and the monarchy, to which the Estonian envoy was accredited, was liquidated. This changed the nature of the position of Estonian envoy and meant a lot of work for him in Paris due to the war.

The Spanish Civil War lasted until April 1939 and several Estonians took part in it, despite the state ban.

1939 spring
Colonel Artur Normak became the representative of Estonia Artur Normak. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Artur Normak. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Due to the war, Otto Strandman resigned as an envoy. On 20 February, Colonel Artur Normak, a former Estonian military attaché in Paris, was appointed a diplomatic agent of Estonia. On 11 March, he was appointed the permanent representative in Burgos. The Riigi Teataja also approved the creation of a new representative office, but Franco’s supporters were not in favour of it. Artur Normak remained at the Franco Foreign Ministry in San Sebastian. The transfer of the legation to Madrid was cancelled. Normak was in office until 31 October 1939, the affairs of the representative office were delivered to Paris, and Normak returned to Estonia.
23 August 1939
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed in Moscow Map of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact Map of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
The secret additional protocol of which divided Eastern Europe between Germany and the USSR, paving the way for the occupation and annexation of the Republic of Estonia.
1939
Before the Second World War, Estonia had five honorary consuls in Spain Adrián del Rey and Sánchez de Úbeda, Honorary Consul in Barcelon Adrián del Rey and Sánchez de Úbeda, Honorary Consul in Barcelon
In the photo: Adrián del Rey and Sánchez de Úbeda, Honorary Consul in Barcelona, who became Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia on November 2, 1928. He was in office until 1936.

List of honorary consuls:
• José Francisco Díaz de Vargas y Barahona (Cádiz)
• Ricardo Gutiérrez Abascal (Madrid)
• José de Miranda y Pulido (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands)
• Adrián del Rey and Sánchez de Ubeda (Barcelona)
• Genaro Rodríguez Lasso de la Vega (Bilbao)
June–August 1940
The incorporation and unification of the Republic of Estonia into the Soviet Union began First sitting of the Riigikogu elected under the conditions of occupation. The next day’s meeting decided to join the Soviet Union. Photo: Nädal Pildis, 1940. First sitting of the Riigikogu elected under the conditions of occupation. The next day’s meeting decided to join the Soviet Union. Photo: Nädal Pildis, 1940.
A coup d’état was carried out in Estonia with the support of the Red Army on 21 June 1940. On 6 August, the Estonian SSR was ‘accepted’ into the USSR. On 8 August, the government of the Estonian SSR decided to liquidate all Estonian legations, consulates, and honorary consulates and transfer their assets to the local representative offices of the USSR. By 25 August, all foreign envoys in Estonia were required to leave. By the decision of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Estonian SSR of 11 September 1940, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was eliminated.

Read how the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and legations were dismissed, but the continuity of the Estonian state was maintained by Estonian diplomats in the free world.

1953
Karl Robert Pusta became Estonia’s diplomatic representative in Spain Karl Robert Pusta. Photo: Estonian Foreign Ministry archives Karl Robert Pusta. Photo: Estonian Foreign Ministry archives
The diplomatic representation of the Republic of Estonia in Spain made the agenda again in 1952, when Karl Robert Pusta addressed the French and Spanish Foreign Ministries with a request to extend his diplomatic card. The request was granted and Pusta moved from the USA to Madrid in 1953. At the same time, Villibald Raud, the former Estonian consul general in London, also took office.

Pusta served as a diplomatic representative in Madrid, Spain, France, and Belgium, based in Madrid, until his death on 4 May 1964.

Karl Robert Pusta haud Madridi Almudena kalmistul. Foto: Eesti saatkond Madridis

Karl Robert Pusta is buried in the Almudena Lutheran Cemetery in Madrid.

1953
Letters about Karl Robert Pusta as the diplomatic representative of the Republic of Estonia in Spain Source: National Archive Source: National Archive
Letter from Karl Robert Pusta to the representatives of the Republic of Estonia in London, New York, Geneva and Toronto, 11/19/1953

Carta de la Embajada de España a August Torma, Representante Diplomático de la República de Estonia en Londres, 27.10.1953

Letter from the Embassy of Spain to August Torma, Diplomatic Representative of the Republic of Estonia in London, 27.10.1953

1964
Villibald Raud became Estonia’s diplomatic representative in Spain Villibald Raud in Spain on his 70th birthday with his wife Erika, Estonian diplomat Albert Tattar in the background, 3 October 1968. Photo: National Archives Villibald Raud in Spain on his 70th birthday with his wife Erika, Estonian diplomat Albert Tattar in the background, 3 October 1968. Photo: National Archives
Villibald Raud, who had been an adviser to the Estonian representative office in Madrid from 1953 to 1954, began representing Estonia in Madrid from 1964 and did so until 1979.
Due to his deteriorating health, he then moved to the United States, where he lived in Chicago until his death in 1982.
1980
In Spain, several Baltic demonstrations took place to draw attention to the situation in the Baltic States
1988–1989
The Singing Revolution and the Baltic Chain Photo: Harald Lepikson, National Archives Photo: Harald Lepikson, National Archives
The Singing Revolution in Estonia and the other Baltic States in 1988 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 brought widespread international support.

On 23 August 1989, on the 50th anniversary of the MRP, a long human chain was formed across the three Baltic States, where people joined hands to draw attention to the situation in the Baltic States.

20 August 1991
The Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia adopted a resolution on Estonia’s national independence. The Republic of Estonia was restored on the basis of legal continuity Photo: Peeter Langovits Photo: Peeter Langovits
Taking down the statue of Lenin in front of the building of the Central Committee of the Estonian Communist Party (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
August–October 1991
Spain re-recognised the Republic of Estonia on 27 August 1991 and diplomatic relations were re-established on 9 October 1991 Deputy Foreign Minister of Spain Maximo Cajal (in the centre) with the Chairman of the Estonian Supreme Council Arnold Rüütel at a reception on 9 October 1991 Photo: National Archives Deputy Foreign Minister of Spain Maximo Cajal (in the centre) with the Chairman of the Estonian Supreme Council Arnold Rüütel at a reception on 9 October 1991 Photo: National Archives

Diplomaatiliste suhete taastamise ühiskommünnikee. Foto: välisministeeriumi arhiiv

Joint Communiqué on the Restoration of Diplomatic Relations. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1990–1991
There is a greater interest in the Baltic states in Spain – Estonian literature in Spanish On 10 November 2011, the awards ceremony of the World Cultural Council (WCC) took place in the hall of the University of Tartu, where the annual awards of science and arts were presented. The picture shows Professor Jüri Talvet, who was awarded an honorary diploma by the World Cultural Council. Photo: Andres Tennus, University of Tartu On 10 November 2011, the awards ceremony of the World Cultural Council (WCC) took place in the hall of the University of Tartu, where the annual awards of science and arts were presented. The picture shows Professor Jüri Talvet, who was awarded an honorary diploma by the World Cultural Council. Photo: Andres Tennus, University of Tartu
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the restoration of Estonia’s independence, the Baltic states received more attention. Thanks to this, several Estonian literary works were translated into Spanish.
As soon as during the Singing Revolution, in 1990, the Spanish translation of Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald’s work Ancient Stories of the Estonian People was published, titled Cuentos traditionional estonios. Emil Tode’s Borderland and Jaan Kaplinski’s The Same River were also later translated.

Excerpt from the blog Hargnemised (10 June 2014) by Maarja Paesalu:

Translations lay the foundation for the awareness and understanding of the cultural ‘other’ and help to make cultural texts present. Estonian literary works published in Spanish create a dialogue between Estonian and Spanish culture, in which the differences between the two cultures are compared and common features are found. In total, 22 Estonian literary works have been published in Spanish. Prose has been translated 13 times, poetry nine times. Of the prose translations, six are more voluminous works of fiction for adults, the remaining seven are works of children’s literature, five of which are fairy tales. A total of 16 different Estonian literary works translated into Spanish have been published in Spain over the years. Various Estonian literary works translated into Spanish have been published outside Spain (in Estonia, Russia, and Cuba) six times.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Jüri Talvet – an Estonian poet, literary scholar, translator, and local Hispanism developer for Estonian literature being translated into Spanish. Albert Lázaro-Tinaut, a publisher, translator, essayist, lecturer, and a lover of Eastern European cultures (especially Finno-Ugric and Baltic cultures), has done a great job in promoting the translation of our literature. 

Read more about translating Estonian literature into Spanish:

1992
Since 1992, it has been possible to obtain a degree in Spanish language and culture at the University of Tartu Studia Hispanica Universitas Tartuensis 1992 Studia Hispanica Universitas Tartuensis 1992
In 2002, Tallinn University also started offering a degree in Spanish language and culture. The teaching of Spanish at both universities owes a lot to the very strong support of the Spanish legation.

1992 Hispaania keele õpetajad 2017. Foto: Tartu Ülikool

The photo shows the first teachers of the early years of Spanish Philology: Jüri Talvet (left), Tiiu Grönqvist (Põder), Arturo Dueñas Herrero (behind), Sirje Krikk, Ricardo Mateo. The photo was taken in 2017. Photo: University of Tartu

18 August 1992
Estonian Day at the Seville EXPO 92 World Expo Photo: National Archives, Peeter Langovits Photo: National Archives, Peeter Langovits
The world exhibition EXPO ‘92 took place in Seville, with Estonia also participating with its special stand together with other Baltic countries.

Read more in Spanish

10 February 1994
1995
In 1995, Andres Tomasberg was accredited as the Estonian Ambassador to Madrid
Tomasberg resided in Paris and was ambassador to Paris from 1993 to 1997.
2–4 July 1997
Toomas Hendrik Ilves was the first Minister of Foreign Affairs to pay an official visit to Spain
The visit was primarily intended to prove the readiness of the Republic of Estonia to join the European Union and to promote the development of economic relations.

In the same year, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ilves visited Spain again, this time on a working visit on 19–20 November. Ilves gave a presentation in Spanish at the Diplomatic School of Spain entitled ‘The European Union and security policy in Europe in the 21st Century’.

See also other important follow-up visits. 

30 June 1997
Estonia opened a legation in Madrid on Claudio Coello Street No. 91 and Andres Rundu took office as the first chargé d’affaires ad interim The building that still houses the Estonian legation. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The building that still houses the Estonian legation. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The legation moved to the building in November 1997 and is still located there today.

Read Andres Rundu’s memories of the creation of the legation in the book Teine tulemine, 1. osa
July 1997
In July 1997, the President of the Republic of Estonia Lennart Meri attended the NATO Madrid Summit NATO Summit in Madrid in 1997 Photo: NATO NATO Summit in Madrid in 1997 Photo: NATO
November 1997
Visit to Tallinn by Ramón de Miguel’s, the Secretary of State for Foreign Policy and the EU, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain Ramon de Miguel. Foto: Repositori Universitat Jaume I Ramon de Miguel. Foto: Repositori Universitat Jaume I
He signed an investment agreement with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ilves in Tallinn on 11 November 1997.
1997
Several agreements concluded between Estonia and Spain entered into force
A breakthrough in bilateral relations came after the visits in November 1997, after which the first two important bilateral agreements were concluded to lay the foundations for more intensive trade between the countries:

On 28 February 1997, the Agreement on International Road Transport between the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Spain entered into force, laying down the foundations for more intensive trade between the countries.

On 11 November 1997, the signed Agreement on Investment Protection between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Spain entered into force.
6 November 1998
Official opening of the Estonian embassy with the opening ceremony held by President Lennart Meri President Lennart Meri at the opening of the legation. From the right Andres Rundu, Helle Meri, President Lennart Meri, Commanding Officer Jaanus Elvre. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid President Lennart Meri at the opening of the legation. From the right Andres Rundu, Helle Meri, President Lennart Meri, Commanding Officer Jaanus Elvre. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
The event took place 70 years after the presentation of the credentials of the first Estonian envoy accredited to Madrid, but permanently residing in Paris, Karl Robert Pusta.

Lennart Meri attended the Baltic Sea Council’s introductory conference ‘The new dimension of security’ in Madrid and met with the Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar.

Press releases on the visit in English and Estonian.

1999
Visa-free travel and defence cooperation Toledo. Photo: Website of the Estonian legation in Madrid Toledo. Photo: Website of the Estonian legation in Madrid
On 10 March 1999, visa-free travel was introduced between the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of Estonia, as a result of which the number of tourists increased significantly. Initially, more Estonians travelled to Spain than Spaniards to Estonia.

In November 1999, a protocol of co-operation between the Ministries of Defence was signed, strengthening defence co-operation.
14 June 2000
Josep Lluís Rovira was appointed honorary consul of the Republic of Estonia in Catalonia Opening of the honorary consulate of Barcelona on 22 November 2001. Honorary consul Rovira on the left, Andres Tomasberg on the right. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Opening of the honorary consulate of Barcelona on 22 November 2001. Honorary consul Rovira on the left, Andres Tomasberg on the right. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
The honorary consulate in Barcelona was ceremoniously opened on 22 November 2001. J. L. Rovira is still in office (2021).
In 2012, his son David Rovira became honorary vice-consul.

Read more about him

Foto aastast 2012, kui Barcelona aukonsuli poeg David Rovira sai auasekonsuliks.Vasakult: Josep Lluís Rovira, David Rovira, Toomas Kahur, William Mart Laanemäe. Foto: Eesti saatkond Madridis

Photo from 2012, when David Rovira, the son of Barcelona’s honorary consul, became honorary vice-consul. Josep Lluís Rovira, David Rovira, Toomas Kahur, William Mart Laanemäe. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid

Read more about other Estonian honorary consuls in Spain

Honorary consul of Bilbao Isidoro Alejandro Beltrán de Heredia Dreyfus and ambassador Toomas Kahur at the opening of the honorary consulate on 21 May 2014.

Sergio Pedro Tadeo Benitez is the honorary consul of Estonia in Gran Canaria. The honorary consulate was opened on 25 February 2011.

The opening of the honorary consulate of Valencia took place on 9 February 2011. The honorary consul of Valencia is Jose Vicente Morata Estragues (first in the photo on the right).

For many years, Estonia also had an honorary consulate in Ferroli.

July 2000
Andres Tomasberg became the first ambassador of the Republic of Estonia residing in Madrid Andres Tomasberg at the presentation of his credentials in 2000. Photo: Private collection of Andres Tomasberg Andres Tomasberg at the presentation of his credentials in 2000. Photo: Private collection of Andres Tomasberg
Tomasberg presented his credentials on 10 October 2000.
Andres Tomasberg was accredited as ambassador to Madrid in 1995, but previously resided in Paris.
11 September 2001
Visit of the Prime Minister of Spain Jóse Maria Aznar to Estonia Prime Minister Aznar writing in the guest book of Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar. Photo: archives of the Photo, Erik Peinar Prime Minister Aznar writing in the guest book of Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar. Photo: archives of the Photo, Erik Peinar
In November 2000, during the visit of Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar to Spain, a good personal contact was established between the two prime ministers. During this visit, the Prime Minister of Spain Aznari noted that Spain supports Estonia’s aspirations towards the EU and NATO.
March 2004
Spain opened a legation in Tallinn in March 2004 The Spanish legation with flags Photo: Spanish legation in Tallinn The Spanish legation with flags Photo: Spanish legation in Tallinn
The embassy still remains in the same building.

Read more about the Spanish Embassy here.

2004
Estonia became a member of NATO on 29 March and member of the European Union on 1 May Photo: European Union flag ceremony in Madrid. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
21 September 2004
Ambassador Andres Rundu presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos I of Spain Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
2006–2009
During these years, several important visits take place State visit of the President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves to the Kingdom of Spain Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs State visit of the President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves to the Kingdom of Spain Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

– In May 2006, Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos visited Estonia

– In May 2006, the Speaker of the Upper House of the Spanish Parliament Javier Rojo also visited Estonia

– In September 2006, the Spanish Minister of Defence José Antonio Alonso Suárez visited Estonia
– On 8–10 July 2007, the President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves paid a state visit to Spain

– In December 2009, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip visited Spain

See also other high-level visits.

 

10 July 2007
An agreement on educational, cultural, and scientific co-operation was concluded between the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Spain

See more.

4 May 2009
State visit to Estonia by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia The royal couple on arrival at the airport. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs The royal couple on arrival at the airport. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The king and queen met with the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who said, ‘This is a meaningful visit, as the Spanish royal couple is visiting Estonia for the first time,’ emphasised President Ilves, who paid a state visit to Spain in July 2007.

‘I am especially proud to host King Juan Carlos, who has made an immeasurable contribution to the development of democracy in his homeland,’ said the President. ‘We are both countries that have successfully emerged from an authoritarian and totalitarian regime and have joined the European Union as a community based on common values.’

The King of Spain also met with the Speaker of the Riigikogu and representatives of the Spanish community in Estonia, and the Estonian presidential couple hosted an official dinner in honour of the King and Queen. He visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and met with the Prime Minister, Queen Sofia visited St. Nicholas Church and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, and the royal couple also got acquainted with Tallinn’s Old Town.

Kuningapaar Kadriorus. Foto: välisministeeriumi arhiiv

The royal couple in Kadriorg. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kuningapaar vastuvõtul. Foto: välisministeeriumi arhiiv

The royal couple at the reception. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

28 September 2009
Toomas Kahur presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos II of Spain Toomas Kahur presenting his credentials. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Toomas Kahur presenting his credentials. Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2011
Sofi Oksanen’s Purge – Purga was published in Spanish Photo cover art book poster Photo cover art book poster
Sofi Oksanen has said (Eesti Päevaleht 18 August 2012), ‘The new generation of Spain is very interested in the Franco era and one editor mentioned to me that they also had partisans hiding themselves in forests and his father hid himself for years. Young people in Spain are interested in the past in a new way, and the story of Purge is close to the hearts of many. Summa summarum: this story concerns readers in countries whose recent history is problematic in one way or another.’

In May 2012, the première of Purge took place and it was performed in full halls in San Sebastian, Madrid, and other theatre festivals. Those interested can also read about Estonian history in Sofi Oksanen’s book When Pigeons Disappeared translated into Spanish.

Read more about the field of culture here.

2013–2014
Reciprocal visits of the ministers of foreign affairs Paet’s meeting with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel García-Margallo Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paet’s meeting with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel García-Margallo Photo: Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
30 October 2013 Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel García-Margallo’s visit to Estonia

9 September 2014 Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet’s visit to Spain
February 2014
Communication with honorary consuls takes place regularly; meetings takes place on average once a year. Estonian ambassador Toomas Kahur meeting with Estonian honorary consuls Estonian Ambassador Toomas Kahur meeting with Estonian honorary consuls. From the left: honorary consul of Seville Fernando Franco Fernandez, honorary consul of Gran Canaria Sergio Pedro Tadeo Benitez, honorary consul Tomás Antón Lorca (who resigned by 2021), consul of the legation Kaisa Männik, Tiina Nirk from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador Toomas Kahur, honorary consul in Bilbao (back row) Isidoro Alejandro Beltrán de Heredia Dreyfus, honorary consul general in Barcelona Josep Lluís Rovira, honorary consul in Andorra Antoni d’Ortodó Lloveras-Puig, honorary consul in Barcelona David Rovira. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Estonian Ambassador Toomas Kahur meeting with Estonian honorary consuls. From the left: honorary consul of Seville Fernando Franco Fernandez, honorary consul of Gran Canaria Sergio Pedro Tadeo Benitez, honorary consul Tomás Antón Lorca (who resigned by 2021), consul of the legation Kaisa Männik, Tiina Nirk from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador Toomas Kahur, honorary consul in Bilbao (back row) Isidoro Alejandro Beltrán de Heredia Dreyfus, honorary consul general in Barcelona Josep Lluís Rovira, honorary consul in Andorra Antoni d’Ortodó Lloveras-Puig, honorary consul in Barcelona David Rovira. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
Estonian Ambassador Toomas Kahur meeting with Estonian honorary consuls. From the left: honorary consul of Seville Fernando Franco Fernandez, honorary consul of Gran Canaria Sergio Pedro Tadeo Benitez, honorary consul Tomás Antón Lorca (who resigned by 2021), consul of the legation Kaisa Männik, Tiina Nirk from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador Toomas Kahur, honorary consul in Bilbao (back row) Isidoro Alejandro Beltrán de Heredia Dreyfus, honorary consul general in Barcelona Josep Lluís Rovira, honorary consul in Andorra Antoni d’Ortodó Lloveras-Puig, honorary consul in Barcelona David Rovira.
6 October 2014
Rasmus Lumi becomes the Estonian ambassador to Spain Rasmus Lumi presenting his credentials to the King of Spain on 10 October 2014. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Rasmus Lumi presenting his credentials to the King of Spain on 10 October 2014. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid

Rasmus Lumi presenting his credentials to the King of Spain on 10 October 2014. Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid

2 January 2015
The Spaniards took over the watch and rotation from the German air force Photo: Headquarters of the Defence League Photo: Headquarters of the Defence League
Admiral Fernando Garcia Sanchez, Commander of the Spanish Defence Forces, attended the handover ceremony at Ämari Air Base. In the photo with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser.
2016
History of the Baltic States in Spanish 2016 History of the Baltic States in Spanish 2016 History of the Baltic States in Spanish
In 2016, a Spanish translation titled Historia de los Estados bálticos was published of Andres Kasekamp’s review A History of the Baltic States by Edicions Bellaterra of Barcelona.
March 2017
Since March 2017, Teresa Orjales Vidal has been the Spanish ambassador to Estonia Spanish ambassador to Estonia Teresa Orjales Vidal. Photo: Spanish legation in Tallinn Spanish ambassador to Estonia Teresa Orjales Vidal. Photo: Spanish legation in Tallinn
The ambassador presented her credentials on March 21, 2017.

The Spanish legation in Tallinn is located at Liivalaia 13. Read more about the Spanish legation here. 

5 June 2017
During the working visit of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to Madrid, he met with the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy Prime Minister at the legation Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Prime Minister at the legation Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
12 July 2017
General Fernando Alejandre Martínez, Commander of the Spanish Defence Forces, pays a quick visit to Ämari Air Base Terras and Aleajndre on 12 July 2017. Photo: Headquarters of the Defence League Terras and Aleajndre on 12 July 2017. Photo: Headquarters of the Defence League
Martínez met with Spanish members of the air force participating in Baltic Air Policing and the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, General Riho Terras.

Already on 3 May, the Spaniards had taken over the watch from the German air force at Ämari air base.
17 July 2017
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Ämari, meeting with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid
During the visit, the President of the Government of Spain also met with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Spanish airmen participating in the NATO air security mission at Ämari Air Base.
5 September 2019
Estonian Ambassador Mariin Ratnik presented her credentials to King Felipe VI of Spain Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid Photo: Estonian legation in Madrid

Read more about the Estonian legation in Madrid here.