How Estonia leads in the world's digital thrust for 20 years

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Estonia has become a tech hub and is admired by governments around the world. President Kersti Kaljulaid tells The Straits Times the secret behind its connectedness and how it attracts talent.
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SINGAPORE - It was the first state in the world to hold elections over the Internet in 2005 - and remains the only one in the world to let citizens vote online. It is also the world's first state to provide e-residency in 2014 to allow people to start a business in the country without living there.

Yet, there is no stopping Estonia from outdoing itself with another digital feat: to allow its 1.3 million residents to buy and sell a house completely online.

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