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e-Estonia live: Digital friends – Estonia and Finland

The e-Estonia Live webinar series is hosted weekly on our e-Estonia Facebook page, where we connect with Estonian state experts and company representatives to discuss current issues and the developments within e-Estonia.

Back in 2013, the world’s first digitally signed international agreement was signed between the Prime Ministers of Estonia and Finland, Andrus Ansip and Jyrki Katainen. This agreement was the Memorandum of Understanding, which established the formal cooperation for “developing and maintaining a software environment enabling secure connectivity, searches and data transfers between various governmental and private databases” – X-Road.

Currently, Estonia and Finland have a well-established system for health data exchange and a growing number of services added to the X-Road ecosystem. To discuss this cooperation between the two digital partners, we brought together Taavi Rõivas, Member of the Estonian Parliament and Former Prime Minister of Estonia and Ville Sirviö, CEO of Nordic Institute of Interoperability Solutions (NIIS).

What are the prerequisites for establishing data exchange between two or more countries? How did the partnership between Estonia and Finland get started and what did it entail? What would it take to achieve digital data exchange on a European level? And what is the role of trust in all this, from the government level down to the citizen? These, and many more questions, were covered in the insightful discussion facilitated by our Digital Transformation Adviser, Anett Numa.

Watch the recording for the full discussion:


Today, e-governance and e-services have become a necessity in every country. e-Estonia Briefing Centre – the gateway to Estonian expertise in e-governance, invites you to connect with the Estonian IT companies directly responsible for the successful functioning of the e-state even during a pandemic. Get in touch with us to set up your custom virtual programme with the best partners you could get:

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