Estonia: e-government to e-business, Estonia is everything about electronic and internet. In less than a minute, you can file your taxes, vote, make bank transactions, purchase tickets, or receive a medical prescription, all from a single website. For those of us living within the borders of this small Baltic nation, it is a normal routine. It might sound like a fairytale, but e-government in Estonia is like what Facebook is to social media.
Estonia: e-government to e-business. From e-elections, e-taxes, e-ticket, e-healthcare, e-banking, and e-commerce to e-success. Daily routines can be done over the internet in just a few clicks. And sometimes one wonders if the prefix “e” stands for Estonia or Electronic because from all angles, Estonia is the epitomy of an e-state.
Estonia gained popularity as the first country to hold e-election over the Internet. Becoming the first “e-minded” coalition government in 2001, thus topping the world rank in e-government.
Sometimes one wonders if the prefix “e” stands for Estonia or Electronic because from all angles, Estonia is the epitomy of an e-state.
The plan to digitise the country started in 1997 and by 2001 the future of e-government portal took full shape. And over the years, Estonians have come to trust their e-government. Over 1.5 million people in Estonia have Estonian ID cards. The ID card has multipurpose function; from identity document within the EU, to a travel document. Aside its physical use, it is also used as proof of ID for online activities. In fact the ID card is the secret to almost all ingenious e-services in Estonia. (Read more: Estonia: e-government to e-business here)
The country is fast becoming the global hub for startup companies. Estonian companies rank among the top 50 companies in the world, most of them tech companies. Each time these giant company names pop up: Skype, Transferwise, Pipedrive, think Estonia. Tech savvy entrepreneurs have been drawn from across the world, exploring and expanding on the technological infrastructure.
Most importantly, the country ranks among the most transparent and least corrupt nations (Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2013, 28th out of 177 countries).
Although it is difficult to estimate how many start-ups are currently in operation, the country is most inhabited by smart people. It is an e-revolution in Estonia, an unstoppable force.
The Estonian government promotes transparency, and the president, Toomas-Hendrik Ilves is very supportive in developing new e-solutions. Trust me, Estonians are honest, humble, pragmatic and hard-working.