Speeches

At the Global Leadership Summit in Gothenburg

At the Global Leadership Summit in Gothenburg

First, thank you for inviting me. Estonia and Volvo are perfect partners, because globally you employ close to 100 000 people. Estonia on the other hand has 117 000 people working in industry – everybody else is in services. Therefore, we are a perfect match. However, there are other similarities. Your annual turnover is 5 billions bigger than Estonia’s GDP. So we are actually very well matched.

Estonia is globally the only digitally transformed society that has the full support of its state.

First, I would have to prove to you why I believe that we already have a digitally transformed society.

Up until last year, we thought that we can have a digital environment and if something goes wrong – because as you know in digital it always does, as you are always in Beta versions —there could be a paper alternative. Then last year it went wrong as a lot of digital chips were withdrawn from global market. One billion in fact.

Most of them opened doors in factories, but for us and some other countries it worked as a digital identity. In those other countries, these cards were simply closed down – nothing happened, nobody noticed.

Obviously, there were no services linked to digital identity. In Estonia, however, we almost had a riot. Not because we closed down the services – we did not–, but because some ID-cards would not get the patch online, so people had to go to the Police and Boarder Guards` office to get the patch.

14.06.2018

 

News

President Kaljulaid: with Iceland we will digitally transform the Nordic circle

President Kaljulaid: with Iceland we will digitally transform the Nordic circle

Iceland was the first country to recognise the regaining of our independence in 1991 and is again standing with us on the front line to digitally transform the Nordic countries, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid said when meeting president of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson.

21.06.2018

 

Six European heads of state will arrive in Tartu on the 22nd of June to celebrate Estonia's 100th anniversary

At the invitation of President Kaljulaid six European heads of state will arrive in Tartu on the 22nd of June to celebrate Estonia's 100th anniversary.

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelašvili, President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, President of Poland Andrzej Duda and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö will participate in the Estonia 100 celebration in Tartu, which culminates with the opening of the XVIII student song- and dancefestival Gaudeamus.

20.06.2018

 

President Kaljulaid: Technology is moving too quickly to simply regulate, we need something radically different

"Estonia usually doesn't create technology. We create legal space for that technology to come to Estonia and thrive," president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid said yesterday during a speech to Volvo Group executives in Gothenburg, Sweden. She emphasized that the next step should be to regulate the relations between human beings and algorithms.

15.06.2018