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The head of state encouraged participants of the Slush technology conference to take up Estonian e-residency

At yesterday's opening event of Slush, the largest technology conference of the region, President Kersti Kaljulaid outlined the success of e-Estonia and encouraged the participants to apply for e-residency.

The head of state spoke at Slush's official opening party Enter e-Estonia, which was organised by Enterprise Estonia, e-Residency and the Tallinn Music Week festival, and also celebrated the second anniversary of the e-residency programme.

"Although there are only a little over a million of us, today, thanks to the opportunities of e-Estonia, we can make ten million payments, send ten million queries and sign ten million contracts in ten minutes. This cannot be done in countries ten times bigger than us. The good news is that everyone can join this special club of ours. For the past two years in fact. Each one of us has been given up to 100 years to live on this planet – why not use this time much more efficiently?" President Kaljulaid suggested.

The head of state encouraged the participants of the technology fair to become Estonian e-residents. "If you keep waiting for these opportunities to become available in your countries, you may be in for a long wait, and your competitors will immediately have the edge by a few years," President Kaljulaid said, stressing that e-Estonia is also the most transparent business environment in the world.

Today at Slush, President Kaljulaid will meet with entrepreneurs and technology leaders from Estonia and other countries. In the afternoon, the President will hold a reception at the Estonian Embassy for ambassadors accredited to Estonia but residing in Helsinki.

Slush is the largest technology conference in the region and takes place from 30 November to 1 December in Helsinki. It brings together start-up enterprises, investors and various technology gurus from both Europe and further afield. More than 2,000 start-up companies, 800 investors and 700 journalists from more than 100 countries are expected to take part in the conference.

You can later take a look at pictures of opening event of Slush here:

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