Thirteen years ago, an international aid assessment summed up Estonia as “bankrupt, polluted and decaying.” Today, it’s climbing up through the economic ranks of the “upper-middle income” countries (like Mexico, Brazil and the Czech Republic), while many of its social indicators are better than some countries in the “upper income” bracket. The reasons are complex – cohesive national identity, well-educated population, traditional ties with Scandinavian countries – but one of them stands out: Estonia has made the world’s strongest commitment to providing technology for all. In fact, in Estonia, Internet access is a human right .
I’m keeping an ongoing eye open for cheap places to live that are very wired. I’m adding this to the watchlist.