Estonia: the boom of high technology
Amongst Europe's countries, Estonia is one of the most advanced as far as high technology goes. Report iin Tallinn, where many Estonians pay their taxes online or pay for parking metres with their cellphones.
In the context of the society's modernisation since the country's independence in 1991, and with the goal of matching the criteria for European Union integration, the successive Estonian Governments have preferred a rigorous policy of budgetary controls on public spending for many years.
The emergence of new technologies in the 1990s has directly contributed to the achievement of this objective and more widely, has helped to transform daily life for the Estonian people. From schoolchildren to elderly people, the Internet and mobile phones have imposed themselves on all levels of society, revolutionising usage and behaviour for everyone (online purchases, meetings...).
Estonia, re-baptised "e-stonia" is today the European champion of new technologies. To it we owe the creation of the software Skype and Kazaa. Since 2005, the study of citizens can also vote online for elections thanks to their electronic identity cards, or pay their taxes by a simple phone call. With its high rate of growth, the country represents a particularly attractive market for businesses in the telecommunications sector.