Let me tell you a story of how crazy life can be…
Back in 2011, I was living in Western Australia. I had decided to drop out of college for a third and final time, and I knew that meant having to abandon the country, so I started looking into new places. Having gone from Argentina to Australia made me think for the first time that I could live wherever I wanted, if I was ready to make the sacrifices. The whole world opened up in my fantasies.
I considered many places, but one country more than any other caught my attention: Estonia. It’s hard to explain why, but it was a combination of standard of living, cultural novelty, beautiful people, and a weird fascination with an Estonian national song. I was looking for flight prices, housing, and more, before life got in the way, and I was forced to come back to Buenos Aires mid-2011.
I thought that would be the end of my relationship with Estonia, but life surprised me once again…
Not only I moved here for a new adventure two weeks ago, but today, I received the Estonian digital citizenship, making me the first Argentinian “e-Resident” of Estonia.
For those of you who don’t know, Estonia recently became the first country in the world to offer digital residencies to foreigners. What is a digital residency, you ask? You can read all about it here.
In summary, you are allowed to access many online services from anywhere in the world that used to be limited only for Estonians, such as opening bank accounts, new companies, voting, and more.
Estonia’s digital life is something to behold. They are extremely advanced in terms of internet connectivity and digital services, which makes their local bureaucracy almost non-existent when you compare it to the ones in countries like the US, Argentina, Chile, and more.
Estonia has pushed countries’ governments and people into the future, by making us ask ourselves important questions:
What would a world where a country doesn’t have a monopoly over all your faculties as a citizen look like?
What about a world where countries now have to compete for our taxes, companies, and bank accounts, no matter where you were born?
Thanks to technology, and countries like Estonia, we’re about to find out.