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Mon, 08 Feb, 2016 12:07:22 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Feb 8
one person got the Estonian e-residency on February 5, 2016. Photo – Lehtikuva.
More than one thousand Finns have received electronic identity cards through the Estonian e-residency programme in a year.
The Estonian government issues digital identity to foreigners facilitating access to a number of digital services in that country.
Nearly one in six of the identity card recipients come from Finland, since Estonia issued over 7,200 identity cards in the first year of the issuance.
Estonia is the first country in the world to offer digital identity cards to foreign nationals. 
The application for the identity cards became possible in December 2014 and a year later the cards have been issued to residents from 120 countries.
Both the politicians in Estonia and the leading figures behind the e-residency programme have expressed satisfaction at how the applications have been lodged with enthusiasm, said Seiko Kuik, a spokesperson from the Estonian police and border guard.
“The goal was to get 2,000 applicants. We believe that the number of applications will only grow in the future,” Kuik told the news agency STT.
The e-residency through the electronic identity cards enables access to the digital services offered by the Estonian state and electronic signing of documents. e-Residents can also set up business in Estonia without the need to visit the country at all.
e-Residency, however, does not confer citizenship, residence or right of entry to Estonia or to the European Union.
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