Estonia (Estonian: Eesti [ˈeːsʲti] (About this soundlisten)), officially the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariik), is a country on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km).[11] The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea,[12] covering a total area of 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), water 2,839 km2 (1,096 sq mi), land area 42,388 km2 (16,366 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the second-most-spoken Finnic language.

The territory of Estonia has been inhabited since at least 9,000 B.C. Ancient Estonians were some of the last European pagans to be Christianized, following the Livonian Crusade in the 13th century. After centuries of successive rule by Germans, Danes, Swedes, Poles and Russians, a distinct Estonian national identity began to emerge in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This culminated in independence from Russia in 1920 after a brief War of Independence at the end of World War I. Initially democratic, subsequent to the Great Depression, Estonia was governed by authoritarian rule since 1934 during the Era of Silence. During World War II (1939–1945), Estonia was repeatedly contested and occupied by the Soviet Union and Germany, ultimately being incorporated into the former. After the loss of its de facto independence, Estonia’s de jure state continuity was preserved by diplomatic representatives and the government-in-exile. In 1987 the peaceful Singing Revolution began against Soviet rule, resulting in the restoration of de facto independence on 20 August 1991.

The sovereign state of Estonia is a democratic unitary parliamentary republic divided into fifteen counties. Its capital and largest city is Tallinn. With a population of 1.3 million, it is one of the least populous members of the European Union, the Eurozone, OECD, the Schengen Area, NATO, and from 2020, the United Nations Security Council.[13]

Estonia is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy that has been among the fastest-growing in the EU.[14] The country ranks very high in the Human Development Index,[7] and performs favourably in measurements of economic freedom, civil liberties, education,[15] and press freedom (third in the world in 2012 and 2007).[16]Estonian citizens are provided with universal health care,[17] free education,[18] and the longest-paid maternity leave in the OECD.[19] One of the world’s most digitally advanced societies,[20] in 2005, Estonia became the first state to hold elections over the Internet, and in 2014, the first state to provide e-residency.

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Thu April 9th


Kairit Parker · Over The Skype · ION Pri...

Almost exactly a year ago we met ION Print and Kairit Parker for the first time. It was literally days before version 1 of ION Prints print broker platform was released. The software is made to help print brokers utilize printers, and instead of asking printers for quotes, ION Print automatically calculate the prices based on a large number of parameters. ION Print is out of Estonia, and for those who don't know, Estonia is one of the most developed IT-nations in the world. Now a year later, ION Print has been launched, and customers are using the platform daily. Listen and learn! As with all our 'Over the Skype' interviews, quality is limited to bandwidth, web-cams, and ability to literally LIVE mix the conversations. However, it works, and with Over the Skype, we will bring you more than 20 exciting people, and angles on the industry as it is right now. Enjoy!

Mon August 5th


Realtime Quotes for Print Brokers · Kair...

Kairit Parker is one of the partners with iOnPrint, a new Estonian software company. Estonia is one of the most digitalized countries in the world, so not a surprise that it's an Estonian company that produces, what seems to be a really great solution. One of the more significant issues being a print broker is that brokers often need more suppliers to handle the vast range of products offered. With iOnPrint, print brokers can quickly get more quotes on a job without "disturbing" the printers with calculations. Printing companies register their equipment online, and iOnPrint automatically calculates the price. Based on time, price, and quality, the system enable the brokers to handle their customers fast and efficient. For printers, it seems to be an opportunity to get more work.