Jaan Manitski

Jaan Manitski
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
April 1992  October 1992
Prime Minister Tiit Vähi
Preceded by Lennart Meri
Succeeded by Trivimi Velliste
Personal details
Born (1942-03-07) 7 March 1942
Viinistu, Estonia

Jaan Manitski (born 7 March 1942 in Viinistu) is an Estonian businessman, politician and art collector. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia in 1992.


Manistki was born in Viinistu, on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. He and his parents escaped to Finland and then to Sweden in 1943 when he was only one and a half years old.[1] He lived in exile while Estonia was under Soviet control, returning in 1989 after the country gained its independence.[2]

He worked as a mushroom farmer before becoming Foreign Minister in 1992.[3] He later became part-owner of the daily newspaper Eesti Päevaleht, and opened the Viinistu Art Museum in 2003.[3]


  1. Tali, Piret (20 December 2003). "Jaan Manitski – mees Viinistu rannast" (in Estonian). Eesti Päevaleht. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. Bohlen, Celestine (1992) "Why Are Russians Still Here? the Free Baltics Ask", The New York Times, 7 August 1992, retrieved 2011-07-13
  3. 1 2 Taylor, Neil (2007) Estonia, Bradt Travel Guides, ISBN 978-1-84162-194-4, p. 125
Preceded by
Lennart Meri
Minister of Foreign Affairs
April 1992 – October 1992
Succeeded by
Trivimi Velliste

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