Estonia Government

Estonia's President Talks AI, Genetic Testing, and Dealing with Russia


At 48 years old, Kersti Kaljulaid is Estonia's youngest president ever, and its first female president. A marathon runner with degrees in genetics and an MBA, she spent a career behind the scenes--mostly as a European government auditor--before being elected by Estonia's legislature in 2016. Known for its digital government, tax, and medical systems, Estonia is planning for the future. The country's "e-resident" program--which allows global citizens to obtain a government-issued ID card and set up remotely-operated businesses in Estonia--has attracted 35,000 people since 2014. Now the government is discussing a proposal to grant some rights to artificially intelligent systems.