How Estonia has Digitalized a whole Country
By Kalle Palling, MP from Estonia
It takes 3 min to declare your taxes.
It takes an hour to set up a legally functioning company.
The first country to introduce e-voting, and everything is 24/7 - you never need to wait for officials to come to work Monday morning if you want something done over the weekend.
How can a state be so disruptive?
What happens when society becomes increasingly digital, where most aspects of life can be managed online. Kalle Palling, MP from Estonia, tells us about how this has taken shape for his country, which is probably the most digital country in the world. Almost all parts of your life can be dealt with online in Estonia. What are the opportunities in this scenario for the country and for companies?
Kalle Palling was born in 1985 in Käru, located in central Estonia. He earned a degree in environmental management from the University of Tartu in 2009. In 2005 he joined the liberal Estonian Reform Party, where he served as the Secretary General of Reform Youth from 2006-2007. He has also been a Member of several Municipality Councils.
In 2007, he was elected to the Estonian Parliament. Kalle Palling is currently serving his 3rd term as Member of Parliament. Since 2014 he is the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament. He also belongs to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament and acts as the Chairman of the Estonia-Germany, Estonia-Finland and Estonia-Slovakia Parliamentary Group.
Additionally, Kalle Palling currently serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Tallinn Airport and Estonian Environmental Research Centre. In his work, he puts special focus besides EU issues also on topics relating to the sharing economy, energy and connectivity. Furthermore, he is also following closely developments relating to the countries of the Eastern Partnership. In his free time, Kalle Palling enjoys sports and is especially keen on running.