Estonia’s Technological Leap

From Another World is Here comes this article about Estonia’s “tiger leap” forward in technology.

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.

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