The use of mobile internet has increased
The use of mobile internet has increased year by year – compared to 2014 when slightly over a half of households with internet connection used mobile internet, by 2017, this share had risen to 82%. The internet is also widely used by enterprises ‒ in 2017, 96% of enterprises with at least 10 employees used computers every day and as much as 95% also used the internet.
The number of registered vehicles continues to increase
In 2017, the number of vehicles in the traffic register of the Estonian Road Administration continued to increase. The number of passengers and freight volume increased in maritime, rail and air transport but decreased in road transport.
Production of electricity from renewable sources is increasingly important
Total production of electricity in Estonia has been increasing for two years in succession and the share of imported electricity has decreased. The use of renewable energy sources has been increasing in Estonia year by year, in both electricity production and final consumption.
Half of the Estonian territory are forests
Forests are one of the most important renewable resources and living environments in Estonia. Forest protection and management have various impacts on the environment, economy and social life. In recent years, forest harvesting has reached the level of 10–11 million cubic metres.
Fish catch and aquaculture production stable in recent years
In 2017, commercial fish catch (the Baltic Sea, inland waters and ocean catch) did not change considerably compared to 2016. However, aquaculture production sold in 2017 was the largest in the last 5 years.
Prices increased last year
In 2017, the biggest increase among price indices occurred in the export price index and dwelling price index – both increased by 5.5% compared to the average of 2016. In 2017, the biggest increase occurred in the prices of houses (5.8%).
Highest average monthly gross wages in information and communication
2017 was a good year for employees. The average monthly gross wages and salaries increased by 6.5% year on year to 1,221 euros, having amounted to 1,146 euros a year earlier. On average, an employee received an additional 75 euros per month in 2017.
Fiction publications hit a record
In 2017, the number of museum visits as well as cinema attendance exceeded 3.5 million for the first time. Theatres were visited slightly more than 1.1 million times. The number of printed fiction titles – 1,173 books – set a new record in 2017.
Positive immigration in Estonia for the third consecutive year
Estonian population is on the rise. Net external migration has been positive already for three years, and in two of these years, immigration has compensated for the negative natural increase – also population has increased.
In the light of the global sustainable development goals, Estonia faces challenges in all environmental areas
There is still much to do to achieve the environmental goals of global sustainable development: there has been success but also shortcomings. Nevertheless, the prioritisation of the environmental conservation has fostered the growth of the environmental sector, providing jobs for an increasing number of people.