Kaljulaid: As Estonian president, I represent the only digital society with a state

  • 2017-07-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

TALLINN – In an article published in The Telegraph, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid says that as the president of Estonia, she represents the only truly digital society which actually has a state.

"Almost all our citizens' interactions with the government, including voting, can be done securely online, and our 'e-residents' can incorporate and run their businesses in Estonia without ever having to set foot here," Kaljulaid said.

"Seeing this digital revolution up close has made me question whether the state as we know it today is fit for the 21st century," she said

The Estonian president said that traditionally, nations have harnessed taxpayers to their territory by making almost all social guarantees dependent on working in one country, every day, every month, and for at least three decades.

"In creating free movement of people, this web has only got more complex, but never disappeared. It is the same old story of where you live, where you work equalling where you are entitled to get social benefits," she said.