A summer visit : Life in e-Estonia

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Estonia has since 1992 banked on the information society to ensure growth and competitive development.

Estonia’s decision to set a benchmark for the digital society is as much a product of its history as of the proactive and fully assumed efficiency with which the transversality of information is organized there, in particular with regard to its population register (and X-Road architecture). Fully assumed because the political choice was made from the outset to show that efficiency – regardless of scale – could serve human development. At the end of 1991, the government had to be rebuilt from scratch, once the slate had been wiped clean after the departure of Soviet power. From the outset, the country chose to put the citizen at the heart of its strategy without committing itself to any ideological modernism. Adoption would be better achieved through preserving a lifestyle that places the emphasis of values of simplicity, speed, comfort and economic savings. The official watchwords of e-Estonia are "sustainable development" and a "high-quality environment" (source: Estonian Informatics Centre 2011).

E-inclusion, defending a cultural and linguistic identity, making progress in public healthcare, education for all and respecting the environment remain the values that are the driving force behind development programmes pursued in recent years.

The protection of individual rights and the right of each of us to security is another closely related domain in which Estonia is not about to compromise, as the country seeks to become one of the world leader's in exercising an optimum ratio of protection to performance.

The country where boldness is an asset in public policy makingThe country where boldness is an asset in public policy making

The country where the right to access to the Internet is written into the constitution is also a country where being proactive reigns supreme

Electronic residence: Trust will be sovereign or not at allElectronic residence: Trust will be sovereign or not at all

Every eID card holder automatically obtains an official e-mail address

electronic voteThe electronic vote: a reality which no longer surprises anyone in the country

In 2005, the Estonian national electoral commission wrote a new chapter in the development of e-Government

eKooleKool: e-School, the most used e-service in the country

eKool (the Estonian name for its e-School service) was launched in 2002

eHealthcaree-Healthcare: Estonian EHR system used by 47 % of citizens and 95 % of doctors

For security reasons, an ID card is required to log on to the ePatient portal

Other applicationsOther applications

Today, Estonians can vote or pay their taxes on line (92% did so in 2010)

A very Estonian idea: The bank of happinessA very Estonian idea: The bank of happiness

A new bank has been launched in Estonia and even in the country's ultra-modern banking landscape it really is something quite new


Estonia provides us with cheering information on the cycle of adoption and integration of digital modernization of the state and the Knowledge Society


eGov 2.0 : the keys to success

Putting the Sultanate of Oman in the front line of eGovernment implementation.

eGov 2.0 : the keys to success - [PDF - 2.6mb]

Coesys eGov 2.0 V3

User-friendly eGovernment services even more inclusive

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