Ease of doing business: In Estonia you can do everything online27-09-2014
What is "e-Estonia"? “e-Estonia” is a term commonly used to describe Estonia’s emergence as one of the most advanced e-societies in the world – an incredible success story that grew out of a partnership between a forward-thinking government, a pro-active ICT sector and a switched-on, tech-savvy population.
Estonia has transformed itself into one of Europe’s business success stories of the last decade, mainly thanks to the sophisticated e-solutions available here. Whether they’re business-to-business or government-to-business, these solutions rely on infrastructure like the X-Road and eID to create the kind of fast interaction and access needed to make commerce work.
It’s a simple fact – where business is easy, business will grow. Services in the private sector such as internet banking and digital signatures have cut costs and speeded up trade like never before. Likewise the public sector solutions used in Estonia like electronic tax filing, e-business registry and the availability of public records online have pared bureaucratic waste down to a bare minimum.
The country’s open and clear working environment, a big attraction for investors, is given a boost by one-of-a-kind commercial and land registries, which leave no doubts as to affiliations and ownership. In addition, the country’s cutting-edge, e-oriented government makes an unprecedented amount of legal and tax information available on the web.
About the country of Estonia
Life in the Digital Society
e-Estonia means voting in elections from the comfort of your own living room. Filing your income taxreturn in just five minutes. Signing a legally-binding contract over the Internet, from anywhere in the world, via your mobile phone. These are just a few of the services that Estonians take advantage of on a regular basis.
For their part, entrepreneurs can register businesses in as little 18 minutes, check vital company, property and legal records online, and even integrate their own secure services with the ones offered by the state.
Interaction among government agencies, and between the government and citizens, has been completely transformed in e-Estonia, quickly making bureaucracy a thing of the past and making the running of all levels of government more efficient than ever before.
Estonia’s e-solutions have resulted in:
- An unprecedented level of transparency and accessibility in government
- Safe, convenient and flexible exchange of private, government and corporate data
- A healthier, better educated population with easy access to social services
- A prosperous environment for business and entrepreneurship
Digital society and infrastructure
The e-Estonia digital society is made possible largely due to its infrastructure. Instead of developing a single, all-encompassing central system, Estonia created an open, decentralized system that links together various services and databases. The flexibility provided by this open set-up has allowed new components of the digital society to be developed and added through the years. It’s that power to expand that has allowed Estonia to grow into one of Europe’s success stories of the last decade.
Components for Digital Society:
e-Estonia's digital society components are the building-blocks that power Estonia's integrated e-services. The modular nature of e-Estonia's flexible component systems means it's easy to add e-services in the future, allowing government systems to grow.
DigiDoc is a system that's widely-used in Estonia for storing, sharing and digitally signing documents.
Digital signature enables secure, legally-binding, electronic document signing
Enables entrepreneurs to register their new business online in minutes
A powerful tool used by the Estonian government to streamline its decision-making process
Allows public access to every piece of draft law that has been submitted since February 2003
Revolutionizes police communication and coordination, maximizing effective policing.
A centralized, paperless system for issuing and handling medical prescriptions
Allow students, teachers and parents to collaborate in the learning process
e-Tax has drastically reduced the time spent by individuals and entrepreneurs on filing taxes
Electronic Health Record
Integrates data from healthcare providers into a national record for each patient
Electronic ID Card
e-ID acts as definitive proof of ID in secure electronic environments
Electronic Land Register
A one-of-a-kind information system for storing real estate and land data
i-Voting allows voters to cast their ballots over the internet, from anywhere in the world
A positioning service that detects device location & provides location information
Allows drivers to pay for city parking using a mobile phone
Allows a client to use a mobile phone as a form of secure electronic ID
Enables payment for goods and services using mobile phones
The state database for basic information about each person living in Estonia
Smart Grid in Energy Sector
Estonian-developed innovation a number of cutting-edge solutions in the energy sector on the top of Smart Grid
Social Welfare e-Services
The social welfare benefit system is accessible by a convenient, online environment
State e-Services Portal
A one-stop-shop for the hundreds of e-services offered by government institutions
Allows databases to interact, making integrated e-services possible
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