Ten writers and artists in Estonia will be paid by the state for the next three years to encourage their work, the BBC reported.

The country’s culture ministry announced that those selected will each receive a portion of the €160,000,  which will be set aside each year from 2016, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported.

“The state's interest is straightforward: a poet or painter needs an opportunity to concentrate on his or her creative work,” said a ministry spokesperson, Meelis Kompus. ...

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