95% of taxpayers filed tax returns electronically

95.4% of taxpayers in Estonia filed their tax returns electronically, an increase of 0.4% year on year, spokespeople for the Estonian Tax and Customs Board said.

All in all, tax returns for 2013 were filed by a total of 629,715 Estonian taxpayers.

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O’Neal invests in Estonian company

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

The former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and his multi-billionaire business partner Vivek Ranadive have recently made an investment in the Estonian company Pipedrive.
The investment is estimated to total several hundred thousand dollars, the weekly Eesti Ekspress said.

Managers at Pipedrive refused to be specific about the sum.

“They made a phone call to us searching for a cooperation partner to service a couple of clients. We had a meeting, there was good understanding between us, the proposal to invest came from Vivek. We understood that we have a lot to learn from him,” Urmas Purde told Eesti Ekspress.

Pipedrive, an on-demand software provider to help small to medium size companies manage and increase sales, was established by Estonians Timo Reini, Urmas Purde, Ragnar Sass, Martin Henk and Martin Tajur in 2010 with money from Estonian marketing guru Peep Vain.

The company is estimated to have 10,000 clients in more than a hundred countries and it has offices in Tallinn and Palo Alto offices — the former for the product development team, and the latter in marketing and business development.

Source: Baltic News Service via Estonian Review

Skype Eesti is most valued employer in Estonia

Skype went past the state-owned energy group Eesti Energia to take the title of Estonia’s most valued employer, it appears from an annual study of CV Keskus listing employers that are most valued by Estonian workers.

In addition to Skype and Eesti Energia, the 4,000 respondents participating in the survey also gave high scores to Elion, Swedbank, EMT, ABB and Playtech, CV Keskus, a recruitment services company, said.

In the ethnic Estonian segment remuneration on the desired level, chances of professional development, a pleasant human environment at work and suitable working conditions were named as the top criteria in appraising an employer. For men the salary number occupied the most important place. Women on the other hand gave professional development and suitable working conditions higher scores than men. Professional development and a pleasant human environment at work were valued highly by young respondents.

Source: BNS / Estonian Review

There are several job vacancies in IT sector

According to Statistics Estonia, there were 6,400 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia in the 4th quarter of 2013. Their number decreased by 3.4% compared to the same period of 2012, and by a fourth compared to the previous quarter.

The rate of job vacancies was 1.2% in the 4th quarter. The rate of job vacancies is the share of job vacancies in the total number of jobs (sum of occupied posts and vacancies).

The rate of job vacancies was the highest in information and communication activities (2.3%) and the lowest in mining and quarrying (0.2%).

The increase in the number of job vacancies was the biggest in manufacturing, where there were 1.4 times more vacancies compared to the 4th quarter of 2012.

56% of job vacancies and occupied posts are in Harju county (incl. Tallinn). The rate of job vacancies was the highest in Pärnu county (2.5%), but only 5% of all jobs (job vacancies and occupied posts total) are in Pärnu county.

25% of the job vacancies were in the public sector and 75% in the private sector. The rate of job vacancies was 1.1% in the public sector and 1.3% in the private sector. The public sector also includes companies owned by the state or local government.

Rate of job vacancies, 1st quarter 2005 – 4th quarter 2013

Rate of job vacancies

In the 3rd quarter of 2013, 81,200 employees were engaged and left their jobs in total (labour turnover). The labour turnover increased by 4.7% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2012.

A job vacancy is a paid post that is newly created, unoccupied or becomes vacant when an employee leaves, and for which the employer is actively trying to find a suitable candidate from outside the enterprise, institution or organisation concerned.

The data are based on the job vacancies and labour turnover survey conducted by Statistics Estonia since 2005. In 2013, the sample included 11,740 enterprises, institutions and organisations.

Source: Statistics Estonia

Census results in statistics map application

Statistics Estonia launched an Internet-based map application, which enables to create thematic maps and perform spatial queries based on the results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC).

The statistics map application is for all those interested in geo-referenced statistics. The map application enables users to create thematic maps for editing and printing, to download the tables and map data of thematic maps, and to display charts of statistical data regarding different areas in Estonia. Using the ID-card or mobile-ID for authentication will make a number of additional tools available. For example, authenticated users can perform spatial queries about new user areas or units and save thematic maps on their account to be viewed or edited later.

The aim of the statistics map application is to give a better overview of the available geo-referenced statistical data of Statistics Estonia and to promote the use and dissemination of maps and map data. At the moment, the map application mostly contains the data of the PHC, but the geo-referenced statistical data regarding the environment, economy, social life and agricultural census will also be available in the future. The application is both in Estonian and English.

View the statistics map application at http://kaart.stat.ee

Statistics map application screenshot


Source: Statistics Estonia

BBC: Estonia could be the next Silicon Valley

Estonia may be tiny but in tech terms it’s a giant. It has a population of just 1.3 million, yet produces more start-ups per head than any other country in Europe.

In the third instalment of our Next Silicon Valleys series, Nigel Cassidy visits to see how the Baltic nation compares with its Californian counterpart.

Right on the edge of Europe, halfway between Stockholm and St Petersburg, the tech-savvy country that launched Skype a decade ago continues to be a hotbed of entrepreneurs and innovation.

The start-up community in the small nation, dubbed the #EstonianMafia on Twitter, has been gaining visibility globally.

Examples of tech companies to come out of Estonia include Fitsme, a virtual fitting room for online clothing retailers, now in 16 countries, and Creative Mobile – a company creating free-to-play games for mobile platforms.

Playtech, one of the world’s biggest providers of online gambling software, was founded in Estonia 15 years ago and is now listed on the London Stock Exchange with a value of around £2bn.

Read more from BBC (Next Silicon
Valleys: Small Estonia has big ideas

and here Estonia’s
hi-tech haven: From Skype to scooters

Estonia’s mobile-ID user numbers to grow sevenfold

Head of the Certification Center Kalev Pihl said that thanks to a new initiative they hope to increase the number of people using smartphones for digital signatures sevenfold to 300,000 by 2017.

Speaking at a conference dedicated to the International Safer Internet Day Tuesday, Pihl said that there could be 800,000 smart phones in Estonia by 2017, and many could be using mobile-ID functions.

The initiative, which was launched at the end of last year by the nation’s largest banks, telecommunications companies and state institutions, aims to create awareness in smartphone users to the possibilities and dangers the phones offer.

Source: Estonian Review

Sonera appoints Estonian to head its Finnish unit

Valdur Laid, former head of Elion, will become the new head of the Finnish unit of the Swedish telecom group Teliasonera as of April, said the company.

Laid, who headed Elion for eight years, has been working as director of Sonera’s broadband business unit in Finland for two years. Starting from April he will manage the whole Sonera.

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Google pays USD 400m for a company linked to Jaan Tallinn

Google announced this week that it has paid USD 400m for a London-based artificial intelligence company DeepMind, writes Äripäev.

The deal is relevant to Estonia because one of the investors and advisers of the company is Jaan Tallinn who is better known as one of the Estonian developers of Skype and Kazaa.

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Swedish investment fund close to selling Klick Eesti

Estonian businessmen Armin Kõomägi, Indrek Prants and Sven Mansberg who own half of Estonian electronics retailer Klick Eesti are interested to buy the rest of the company from Swedish investment firm Askembla Growth Fund, writes Äripäev.

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