The new digital nation

Join E-Residency

What is e-Residency?

E-Residency is a new digital nation for global citizens, powered by the Republic of Estonia

  • Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital ID available to anyone in the world
  • E-Residency offers the freedom to easily start and run a global business in a trusted EU environment

Watch a video about e-residency

Remote Business Management

Establish and run your business online

  • Register an EU based company entirely online
  • Access business banking and online payment providers to accept payments from customers and clients worldwide
  • Digitally sign contracts and other documents

Choice of services

Access the tools you need to easily run your company

  • Choose from a variety of trusted service providers that offer turn-key solutions for business administration
  • Gain immediate access to a trusted network of financial services, accountants, marketing specialists, payment providers, and other business services recommended by other e-residents
  • Access Estonian government digital services


  • Kersti Kaljulaid

    President of Estonia

    “Even though there are only a little over a million of us, thanks to Estonia’s capabilities, we can make ten million payments, perform ten million requests and sign ten million contracts in just ten minutes. Even ten times larger states cannot beat us. But the good news is that it is possible to join our exclusive club of digitally empowered citizens.”

    Kersti Kaljulaid

    President of Estonia

  • Edward Lucas

    Senior Editor of The Economist and 1st e-resident

    “Estonia’s e-Residency is a game-changer. Anyone in the world can now apply for a rock-solid digital ID, giving them what Estonians have taken for granted for years: the ability to identify themselves online, to make binding agreements and to communicate securely. This turns the internet from a confusing Wild West into an environment where trustful interaction is frictionless and ubiquitous.”

    Edward Lucas

    Senior Editor of The Economist and 1st e-resident

  • Steve Jurvetson

    US venture capitalist

    “e-Residency makes it easy for anyone in the world to invest in the innovative startup ecosystem in Estonia.”

    Steve Jurvetson

    US venture capitalist

  • Tim Draper

    Founding Partner of Draper Associates and DFJ

    “The Estonian government has shown great forethought in creating the first virtual government, allowing all citizens of the world participate in the growth and business of Estonia. As we become more mobile and able to communicate across borders freely, geographic borders dissolve allowing us all to choose which government is right for us. Governments need to compete for the great minds, the capital, the businesses, and the citizens of the world.”

    Tim Draper

    Founding Partner of Draper Associates and DFJ

  • Kaspar Korjus

    e-Residency Programme Director

    “We believe no one should be held back from their entrepreneurial potential just because of where they live or where they choose to travel. Through e-Residency, a new digital nation is emerging with a population who share that vision of a borderless digital world for all. We’re very thankful to all the pioneers and early adopters that are already benefiting from e-Residency, but we’re also really excited about growing the programme and ensuring our new digital nation is the best place in the world to establish and manage a business.”

    Kaspar Korjus

    e-Residency Programme Director

E-residency 2.0 White Paper

Read the e-Residency 2.0 White Paper to learn about the future development of the programme. It was unveiled by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in December 2018 and includes 49 recommendations to make e-Residency more beneficial for everyone in our digital nation.