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Interoperability services

The 21st century citizen-centred state and service-oriented society requires information systems to function as an integrated whole to support citizens and organisations. There must be interoperability between different organisations and information systems.

In other words they must be able to work together and data only needs to be requested from the citizen once. Estonia’s solution for maintaining a modern state is X-Road, which saves Estonians 1345 years of working time every year.

X-Road

The X-Road, a secure data exchange layer for sending and receiving data between both private and public sector organisations, is the backbone of e-Estonia. Invisible yet crucial, it allows the nation’s various public and private sector e-service information systems to link up and function in harmony.

Estonia’s e-solution environment includes a full range of services for the general public, and since each service has its own information system they all rely on X-Road. To ensure secure transfers, all outgoing data is digitally signed and encrypted, and all incoming data is authenticated and logged.

It connects different information systems that may include a variety of services. It has developed into a tool that can also write to multiple information systems, transmit large data sets and perform searches across several information systems simultaneously. X-Road was designed with growth in mind, so it can be scaled up as new e-services and new platforms come online.

52 000

organisations as indirect users of X-Road services

1,5 B

transactions per year

over 3000

e-services available

Today, it is implemented in Finland, Kyrgyzstan, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Japan and other countries. Similar technology based on the Estonian interoperability experience has also been implemented in Ukraine and Namibia.

Two X-Road ecosystems can be also joined together or federated. Federation is a one-to-one relationship between two ecosystems. Members of the federated ecosystems can publish and consume services with each other as if they were members of the same ecosystem. Federation enables easy and secure cross-border data exchange between these ecosystems. Federation between Estonia and Finland was established in February 2018.

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The Briefing Centre is conveniently located just 2 minutes drive from the airport and 7 minutes drive from the city centre.

You will find us on a ground floor of Valukoja 8, central entrance behind the statue of Mr Ernst Julius Öpik. Photo of the central entrance.

Valukoja 8
11415 Tallinn, Estonia