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January 17, 2017

Estonia is one of Europe's digital pioneers. Most of the country’s government administration is managed online. Estonians start learning how to use the technology in programming classes at school.

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e-Estonia, digital pioneer

Every citizen can use his or her ID card to gain access to their digital file containing information about their health, driver’s license and income. Tax returns can also be handled online within a matter of minutes. Siim Sikkut, an IT consultant for the Estonian government, estimates that this efficient system saves hundreds of millions of euros in administration costs every year.