The Baltic Rim: Estonia

Before heading to Estonia, Bobby read an interesting article about how the country stepped outside of the USSR’s shadow to become an internet titan.  One commentator wrote “for other countries, the internet is just another service, like tap water, or clean streets,” adding that ” for young Estonians, the internet is a manifestation of something more than a service – it’s a symbol of democracy and freedom.”  There is free WiFi everywhere in the capital city of Tallinn – in cafes, in bars, and even in the streets.  It’s been stated that one could walk for 100 miles from the city to its outskirts and never lose internet connectivity.  We definitely can’t say that in the United States.  Even Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft, was born in Estonia.  We were certainly impressed with the tiny country.

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