Information technology and communications

Information technology

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Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2015. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 366)

In the 1st quarter of 2014, the share of Internet users among 16–74-year-old Estonian residents was 84%. In the European Union on average, the indicator was 78%. Young people aged 16–34 are the most active Internet users, but in recent years Internet use has started to grow rapidly in the older age groups as well. In 2014, 70% of 55–64-year-olds and 44% of 65–74-year-olds used the Internet – respectively 7% and 12% more than the year before. In Estonia, the share of Internet users among men and women is more or less equal, but compared to the EU average women in Estonia are more active Internet users than women in the EU on average. In urban settlements, the share of Internet users is somewhat bigger than in rural areas, but thanks to the construction of the basic broadband network in recent years a high speed Internet connection has become available in many areas where there was no such option before. Therefore, the differences in Internet use in rural and urban settlements have declined. The share of Internet users is the largest in Western Estonia (91%), followed by Tartu and Harju counties – both 89%. In the 1st quarter of 2014, 86% of Internet users used the Internet every day or almost every day, the corresponding EU average was 83%. In addition to the growing number of Internet users, the frequency of Internet use has also increased. In the 1st quarter of 2014, the share of all Internet users who used the Internet every day was 86%, in the previous year – 79%.

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Information technology

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Minifacts about Estonia 2015 (p. 52)

Estonia with its functional IT solutions and e-services has become a pioneer for several countries. Today, a number of daily activities have become faster and more flexible thanks to electronic authentication and the digital signature system. In ten years, e-voting has taken root and the concept of the digital ID of an Estonian e-resident, which gives foreigners the opportunity to apply for a secure e-residency of Estonia, is also causing a sensation.

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Säästva arengu näitajad. Indicators of Sustainable Development

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What progress has been made towards the four main targets of the Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development “Sustainable Estonia 21” (SE21) – growth of welfare, coherent society, viability of the Estonian cultural space and ecological balance? The publication includes 69 indicators of sustainable development that reflect the progress in key domains in Estonia. Under each indicator, there is an analysis of the current situation, an assessment of relevance in the SE21 context, and an overview of the measures defined in current development and action plans. The publication is prepared in cooperation with the Strategy Unit of the Government Office. While the main focus is on sustainable development, the publication provides a good overview of general trends in Estonia.
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The digital gap between the younger and older generation is decreasing

news release no 107

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2014, 83% of households in Estonia had access to the Internet at home. The gap between the younger and older population in computer and Internet use is decreasing.

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Communications

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Ruth Renter
– Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2014. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 350)

The field of telecommunications develops constantly and fast, and newer mobile technologies replace outdated solutions. In the past, the main aim of communications operators was to provide telephone services, whereas now they offer service packages tailored to the needs of different customer groups. It is now important to ensure the availability of the Internet, which gives the opportunity to use many services online. Customers increasingly prefer mobile services to services in the fixed-line network.

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