Europe’s Last Matriarchy? Meet the Women on This Tiny Estonian Island

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    In the Baltic sea, just off the western coast of Estonia lies Kihnu. This small island of 700 people is often described as Europe’s last matriarchy where men are traditionally out fishing and the women are left in charge. In 2008, UNESCO listed Kihnu culture as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”where Kinhu women were the “principal custodians” of its traditions, including the songs, dance, and handicrafts. Meet the women on the island who are working hard to keep their century-old traditions alive. Produced by Gloria Cheung Edited by James Bullock Videography by Alessandro Rampazzo Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Have a story to tell? Fill out this survey for a chance to have it featured on Bloomberg Quicktake: Connect with us on… YouTube: Breaking News on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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    Estonia, a country in Northern Europe, borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Including more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it’s dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses. The capital, Tallinn, is known for its preserved Old Town, museums and the 314m-high Tallinn TV Tower, which has an observation deck.

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