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Estonia launches "e-residency" card for foreigners

Access to a vast range of online services, except vote

07 December, 15:12

(ANSA) - TRIESTE - A pioneer in electronic government, Estonia has introduced "e-residency", giving foreigners access to a vast range of online services.

Estonians can use a national identity card embedded with a microchip to gain access to some 4,000 services, including banking, business registration and even fishing licenses. They review medical records and order prescriptions on smartphones; about a third of voters now cast their ballots online.

Beginning in December, EU and non-EU citizens alike can request an "e-residency card" coming to Estonia at least once to prove their identity at a national institution. They can then access services through the portal

Unlike the identity card, it has no photograph and cannot serve as proof of identity in the real world. But it can be used to log in to Estonian e-services and to generate a digital signature. (ANSA).

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