Estonian Greens

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Estonian Greens
Erakond Eestimaa Rohelised
Leader Züleyxa Izmailova
Founded 25 November 2006
Headquarters Tulika tn 19, Tallinn
Membership (2018) 1,023[1]
Ideology Green politics[2]
Green liberalism[3]
Social liberalism[3]
Direct democracy[3]
Political position Centre-left[3]
European affiliation European Green Party
International affiliation Global Greens
Colours      Green
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Estonian Greens (Estonian: Erakond Eestimaa Rohelised) is an Estonian green political party.



The green environmentalist campaign, the Estonian Green Movement (Estonian: Eesti Roheline Liikumine) was established by Juhan Aare in May 1988. As chairman of the Estonian Green Movement, the forestry scientist Professor Toomas Frey was the Estonian minister of the environment from 1990 to 1991.

The Estonian Green Party was established on 19 August 1989, and a rival Green Party under the leadership of Vello Pohla in May 1990. After 2 years of fragmentation the party Estonian Greens (Eesti Rohelised) was established on December 1991. Only one representative, Rein Järlik was elected to Parliament in September 1992.[4] Subsequently, the Estonian Greens were erased as a registered party on 21 May 1998 due to its lack of the required 1000 members, a statutory threshold for activity as a registered political party. Some members of the Estonian Greens joined the Estonian Centre Party.


As a result of a new initiative to found a green political party, Valdur Lahtvee, an organizer, reported that on 1 November 2006, more than 1000 members had been recruited for the Green Party Initiative Group to register as a political party under Estonian law, opening doors for running at the coming parliament elections in March 2007.

The current Estonian Greens party (Erakond Eestimaa Rohelised) was founded on 25 November 2006 as the party held its founding general assembly, with 361 members present of the total 1203 founding members. The programme of the party was ratified and the board of 13 members elected. Marek Strandberg noted that the goal of the party was to win at least 5 Riigikogu seats in the upcoming elections and to form a Greens parliamentary caucus. The main points of the programme were: protecting Estonia's forests, sea and other resources, combating climate changes, and promoting direct democracy. Economically, the party supports innovativeness and conservative fiscal policies.[5]

In the parliamentary elections held in March 2007, the Estonian Greens received 39,265 votes (7.1% of the total), and thus held six seats in the Riigikogu until 2011.[6]

In the parliamentary elections held in March 2011, the Greens got 21,824 votes (3.8% of the total) and thus lost all their 6 seats in the parliament. In the parliamentary elections held in 2015, the Greens got 5,193 votes (0.9% of the total), failing to get any seats.[7]

In March 2017, Züleyxa Izmailova was elected the new chairwoman of the party.[8]

Electoral results[edit]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Election Votes Seats Pos.
# % ± pp # ±
2007 39,279 7.1
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Increase 6 5th
2011 21,824 3.8 Decrease 3.3
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Decrease 6 5th
2015 5,193 0.9 Decrease 2.9
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Steady 0 7th
2019 TBD TBD Increase
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Steady 0 TBD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Äriregistri teabesüsteem" (in Estonian). Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Maailmavaade" [Worldview] (in Estonian). Estonian Greens. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Üldprogramm" [Main program] (in Estonian). Estonian Greens. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. ^ Bugajski, Janusz (2002). Political Parties of Eastern Europe. M.E. Sharpe. p. 69. ISBN 1-56324-676-7.
  5. ^ "Täna asutati Erakond Eestimaa Rohelised". Eesti Päevaleht Online. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Legislative elections ESTONIA". Parties and elections.
  7. ^ "Riigikogu valimised 2015". Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Estonian Greens elect new chairwoman". ERR. 27 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.

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