|Commitment of state to efficient public assets.
|World-class skills in high-tech systems, real-time computing and cyber security.
|Extensive use of connected networks in energy, transportation and Smart City sectors.
|Proven benefits to users and environment from adoption of smart city technologies.
|Commitment of state to innovation in the smart city sector.
As an innovative and globally recognized role model of a digital society, Estonia is also pioneering the advancement of the smart city concept. Estonia was the first country in the world to implement smart parking, today our smart apps and ticketing systems are widely used across the Nordic region. Furthermore, smart car parking extends to smart and secure bike parking with Bikeep solutions.
Tuul and Bolt are two local players operating rental scooter and e-bike fleets in Tallinn and other cities in Estonia. Bolt is also providing a popular car-sharing service, making individual car ownership no longer a need for city dwellers.
All these solutions for today’s mobility challenges are supported and enabled by strong IoT engineering capabilities by companies like 1oT and Krakul and leading connectivity solutions by Comodule. Estonian startups Bercman Technologies and 1oT joined their knowledge to modernize data transmission of smart infrastructure. Bercman’s IoT-based smart crosswalks are increasing traffic safety and supporting smart vehicles’ further use in city transportation.
Tallinn has implemented various policies and solutions to enhance sustainability and the quality of life in several critical areas: mobility and infrastructure, connectivity and digitalisation, education and employment, government and governance, and real estate and environmental initiatives. Therefore, according to the Emerging Europe report – Business-Friendly_Cities_2023, Tallinn is the smartest city in the smart city development category.
Tallinn, as the capital of Estonia, provides excellent development and experimentation opportunities for testing new products and services for domestic and international companies. City, where the future joins the present, offers technology providers to test their solutions (focus areas: mobility, energy efficiency, renewable energy) in the city environment with an objective to gain experience and transform their products to global success using Tallinn as a testbed.
In March 2017, Estonia legalised the testing of autonomous vehicles in the country. Digitally-enabled infrastructure, including smart roads and ports, has also allowed Estonia to implement Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to ensure smooth people and traffic flow around cities and logistics hubs. Big Data analytics are increasingly integrated to improve urban planning, civil safety, and tourism.
Thanks to high-speed digital infrastructure and the use of location technologies, Estonia has become a leader in telematics. Cutting-edge collaboration between our emergency services, Google, Tele2, Telia, and Elisa accurately pinpoints callers in seconds, saving lives.
In addition to applying smart city concepts to improve life quality and mobility, Estonia seeks to enhance economic competitiveness. Our Smart Port and FINEST Twins joint ventures with Finland increase interoperability with our largest tourism and trading partner, provide valuable data for strategic planning, and link the two economies even more closely together.
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Estonia is a cashless society with over 99% of financial transactions occurring digitally. Electronic ID and Blockchain are widely used in FinTech applications. 80+ FinTechs ranging from innovative startups such as Wise to Blockchain leader Guardtime make Estonia a global centre of excellence for FinTech.
Estonia is the world’s most digitally enabled nation, offering a unique combination of talent, environment, and innovation. Our IT R&D ecosystem enjoys global proof of concept, being trusted by global organisations such as Kuehne+Nagel and NATO and producing unicorn startups like Wise and Bolt.
Estonia has a sizeable food industry which benefits from ecological raw materials, skilled workers and modern production facilities. With an established export capability and growing application of food science and technology, Estonia is the ideal location for export and R&D oriented investment.
Estonia is not only a pioneering digital society, which has found convincing answers to the challenges of digitalization, but it also is a very green country. There is a strong societal and political will to utilize the capabilities and ecosystems. These have been developed to tackle the challenges of decarbonization of the economy and to become once again a leading player – in CleanTech and GreenTech.
Defence systems have always been a focal point for Estonia. The country has built very capable defence army consisting of a professional army, reserve forces, and national defence league, complimented by NATO allied forces. Over the years technology entrepreneurs and engineers have teamed up with the army to develop world-class solutions for the global defence industry. When we mean defence, we mean business.
Metaverse is the parallel universe or a unified universal virtual world, facilitated by the use of virtual and augmented reality headsets. In addition to the fact that existing products and services can be transferred to the Metaverse, it achieves a completely new economic environment and opportunities to create and market products and services that are unique to the Metaverse. Simply said, Metaverse has no limits in Estonia.
Estonia developed X-Road, its proprietary decentralised, distributed system in 2001 and has utilised Blockchain since 2008. World-class technical skills supported by practical experience implementing public and permissioned Blockchain’s place Estonia at the forefront of the emerging Blockchain economy.
Patient records in Estonia are digitised and secured by the Blockchain, providing a single immutable data source for healthcare professionals. With a unique digital platform and collaborative ecosystem, Estonia is positioned to lead on preventative medicine, patient self-treatment and industry efficiency.
Estonia has a diversified energy sector which comprises long-standing expertise in oil shale, a sizeable renewables sector and growing CleanTech capability. World-class expertise within a highly digital, pro-business environment will see Estonia play a leading role in the energy revolution
Estonia has one of Europe’s largest bioeconomies, including world leading expertise in forest-based activity. Supported by high-quality natural resources, ultra-high use of IT and supportive policy making, Estonia offers a range of production and innovation opportunities.
Estonia’s marine sector specialises in the design and build of small and medium-sized commercial and leisure vessels. Centuries long expertise, cutting-edge application of IT and a flexible approach make Estonia a competitive location for innovation and export-oriented production.
What is it like to run a business in Estonia? How to benefit from the e-solutions and the efficiency of our business culture? What are the opportunities in specific sectors? Who to partner up with?
The Estonian Investment Agency’s team is happy to help you via its complimentary e-Consulting service, organize online or offline follow-up events such as virtual investment visits and guide you through the fairly simple process of investing in Estonia.