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Digital Economy and Society Index: Estonia among Europe’s leaders in digital public services and human capital

Estonia scores well above the average of the European Union in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) and is performing particularly well in the digital public services and human capital sub-indices.

Τhe European Commission has released the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index, which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

“Estonia continues to perform well in the digital public services dimension and the human capital dimension,” reads the country’s DESI report. “Estonia particularly improved in terms of human capital, scoring well above the EU average. Despite Estonia’s relatively low score in previous years in the integration of digital technology, the 2019 DESI indicates improvement in this dimension. The use of internet services remains consistently high.”

The Human Capital dimension measures the skills needed to take advantage of the possibilities offered by digital. The Digital Public Services dimension measures the digitisation of public services, focusing on eGovernment and eHealth. Modernisation and digitisation of public services can lead to efficiency gains for the public administration, citizens and businesses alike.

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