Estonia gets initial e-citizen

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Estonia’s first ever e-resident certificate went to The Economist journalist and current Postimees columnist Edward Lucas (UK).

As the historic first e-citizen of Estonia, Mr Lucas secured cheers by an engine of the endeavour, economy ministry vice chancellor Taavi Kotka (first left on right hand photo), as well as interior minister Hanno Pevkur.

While foreign ministry’s vice chancellor Marina Kaljurand (lower photo) and Mr Kotka were very glad at the ceremony, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves – a major evangelist for Estonia’s e-success gospel – remained restrained to the uttermost.

E-residents may use Estonian state’s e-services like establish enterprises and open bank accounts; even so, the electronic identity card is not valid as travel document.