Paul-Eerik Rummo

Paul-Eerik Rummo
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Paul-Eerik Rummo in 2011.
Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Juhan Parts
Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Eldar Efendijev
Succeeded by Urve Palo
Minister of Culture and Education
In office
Prime Minister Mart Laar
Preceded by Rein Loik
Succeeded by Peeter Olesk
Personal details
Born (1942-01-19) 19 January 1942 (age 79)
Tallinn, Estonia
Spouse(s) Viiu Härm
Children 3

Paul-Eerik Rummo (born January 19, 1942) is an Estonian poet, playwright, translator and politician who was the former Estonian Minister of Culture and Education, as well as the former Estonian Minister of Population Affairs.

Rummo was born in Tallinn, the son of Estonian writer Paul Rummo. Paul-Eerik studied literature at the University of Tartu, graduating in 1965. Rummo has worked in Estonian theatres.

Personal life

Paul-Eerik Rummo is married to an actress, poet, author, and translator Viiu Härm. The couple have three daughters.[1]


In October 1980, Rummo was a signatory of the Letter of 40 Intellectuals, a public letter in which forty prominent Estonian intellectuals defended the Estonian language and protested the Russification policies of the Kremlin in Estonia.[2] The signatories also expressed their unease against Republic-level government in harshly dealing with youth protests in Tallinn that were sparked a week earlier due to the banning of a public performance of the punk rock band Propeller.[2]

In the novel Purge (in Finnish Puhdistus) by Sofi Oksanen, Rummo's poetry becomes a symbol of resistance against Russification in Estonia, sprinkled throughout the narrative.[3]

Selected bibliography

  • Ankruhiivaja (The Anchor-weigher), 1962
  • Lumevalgus … lumepimedus (Snow Light … Snow Darkness), 1966
  • Saatja aadress ja teised luuletused 1968-1972 (Sender's Address and Other Poems 1968-1972), 1989.
  • The September Sun. Facing bilingual with English translations by Ritva Poom. Cross-Cultural Communications, 1994.
  • Tuhkatriinumäng (Cinderellagame), printed 1969


  1. ^ "Paar: Viiu Härm ja Paul-Eerik Rummo". Anne & Stiil (in Estonian). 6 December 2005. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Vahtre, Lauri (28 October 2005). "Ajaleht Pravda ja 40 keisri hullu". Postimees (in Estonian). Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  3. ^ Jaggi, Maya (21 August 2010). "Purge by Sofi Oksanen". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
Political offices
Preceded by
Rein Loik
Estonian Minister of Culture and Education
Succeeded by
Peeter Olesk
Preceded by
Eldar Efendijev
Estonian Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs
Succeeded by
Urve Palo