Estonia ranks 1st out of 68 countries when it comes to the best and worst countries to live a connected life. This is according to the first Digital Life Abroad Report from the biggest online expatriate network, InterNations, which broke down the best and worst countries to live a digital life abroad. The results, based on the group’s annual expat insider survey, reveal Estonia, Finland, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand are tops when it comes to offering a digital environment. Expats in these countries are very satisfied with their unrestricted access to online services and the possibility to pay without cash almost anywhere.
To identify the best and worst countries for digital life, survey respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction with the following factors on a scale of one to seven:
- unrestricted access to online services such as social media
- availability of government/administrative services online
- ease of getting a local mobile phone number
- ease of paying without cash
- ease of getting access to high-speed internet at home.
At the other end of the scale – Myanmar, China, Egypt, India and the Philippines – are rated the worst countries for digital life. Expats in these countries struggle with a lack of government services online, difficult access to high-speed Internet at home, or even restrictions in their use of online services.
Estonia comes in 1st place in unrestricted access to online services
According to the report, Estonia comes in 1st place out of 68 countries in terms of digital life. The country is rated best in the world for both unrestricted access to online services (e.g. social media) and the availability of administrative or government services online. In fact, 96% of expats judge the access to online services favorably (vs. 80% globally), with 86% saying it could not be any better (vs. 58% globally). In Estonia, 94% are impressed with the availability of administrative or government services online (vs. 55% globally), with 70% giving it the best possible rating (vs. 23% globally). “Expats looking for a country without bureaucratic hurdles need look no further than Estonia”, the report says. This definitely mirrors Estonia’s motto as the world’s most digitally advanced society.
Estonia also ranked high for family life
For those that are thinking about settling in Estonia with their family, they will be glad to know that Estonia was ranked 11th best country for family life in the annual Expat Insider survey. Quality and cost of education, and family well-being were among the most appreciated qualities of Estonia.
Settling in Estonia has recently become even smoother thanks to the new expat service centre. International House of Estonia provides free personal consultations for foreigners, their families and local employers about settling in, documentation, healthcare, language programs, etc. It is located in the capital, Tallinn.
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