Republic of Estonia is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia, and to the east by the Russian Federation. The territory of Estonia covers 45,227 km2.
The Estonian language is closely related to Finnish. Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic and is divided into fifteen counties. The capital and largest city is Tallinn which has a very nice medieval old-town. With a population of only 1.34 million, Estonia is a member of the European Union, United Nations and NATO .
Estonians use information technology as an instrument for increasing administrative capacity and ensuring an innovative and convenient living environment for citizens.
That is a lifestyle that values simplicity, speed, comfort, and economic savings. Therefore the keywords behind the development of e-State in Estonia are sustainable development and high-quality environment.
Centre of Registers and Information Systems (RIK)
RIK is a state agency working under the Ministry of Justice. RIK’s main goal is to provide an innovative and integrated environment of e-services for the more efficient implementation of governmental administration, law and criminal jurisdiction. RIK is one of the biggest governmental IT-organizations in Estonia.
RIK develops and administers about 50 registers and information services for law and criminal jurisdiction such as court information system, e-File, e-Law etc. There is also e-Business Register, e-Land Register and e-Notary. E-Business Register makes it possible to register a new company over the Internet and also make detailed inquiries about other companies, look at annual reports and much more. E-Land Register is a register of ownership which has made electronic conveyance much easier and all the data is available over the internet. E-Notary is the environment that helps notaries in their work and organizes electronic communication between notary and state.
Our IT-solutions have been acknowledged in Estonia as well as in Europe. The success of the RIK has been confirmed by the auditors of the National Audit Office of Estonia in their audit on the use of IT solutions by the public sector (www.riigikontroll.ee ) 2007.
Also we have been nominated and highlighted in several competitions around EU. For example: e-inclusion as a nominee, ePractice.eu with Good Practice Label 2007, European Enterprise Awards as a good practice of reducing red-tape , European Business Awards as an Ruban d’Honneur, Estonian nominee for World Summit Awards competition 2009 and our Cross Border eID project was nominated as a finalist of European eGovernment Awards 2009.
Also we hold a world record according to the Universal Record Database. World Record was made by the fastest establishing of an enterprise via Internet, using the e-Business Register.