Media, analysts – and observers in a more general sense – pay a close attention to what countries are able to do in a given amount of time taking into consideration the initial economical and social conditions that give birth to the strive for improvements, with varying degrees of success. Probably, these factors could be considered even more important than final results taken as they are, in absolute terms.
The whole concept of e-Estonia is a journey that led a relatively small post-Soviet country to be an extremely advanced and integrated economy in the new contemporary world order. Reports of international organisations and institutes of statistics speak for themselves, and the Estonian way to the digital society is acknowledged worldwide as an example of efficacy and efficiency.
These are some of the advantages of building a “digitally native country“, as The Huffington Post says in an article recently posted on their website in the US edition of the newspaper. The blog Apolitical, a network reporting on innovative solutions implemented all around the world by virtuous public administrations, recalls step by step the main initiatives that the Estonian government decided to undertake in order to make the emerging Baltic republic an international business-friendly environment for companies.
Nevertheless, business and finance are not the only beneficiaries of the gold rush to the digital society: citizens, of course, enjoy the advantages of living in a highly digitally developed country in their everyday lives. Engaging with the public administration, paying taxes and applying for social benefits is easier and faster than ever, and there is still room for improvements. Well, there is and there will always be.
Read the full article on The Huffington Post: “Inside the world’s most advanced digital society – and what it’s doing next“.
The other good news for everyone interested in becoming part of this experience, of course, is that now there is a way to benefit from a number of these services even if you are not an Estonian citizen. You are not even an Estonian resident? Easy, be an e-resident.
British newspaper The Guardian talks about the e-residency programme also as a possible answer for companies and businesses to some of the political and economical earthquakes that followed international upheavals happened in the last months, like the Panama Papers scandal and the Brexit referendum. A crisis of trust and a crisis of “citizenship”, in a way. Taavi Kotka and Kaspar Korjus answer to the question of The Guardian’s editor Maeve Shearlaw in an interesting focus posted on the web pages of the newspaper recently in September.
Read the full article on The Guardian: “A Brexit bolthole? For €100 you can become an e-resident of an EU country you’ve never visited“