Port of Tallinn社の取扱い乗客数,初の2カ月連続100万人超
Port of Tallinn passenger figures passed the one million mark for the first time two months in a row. In August the port had 1.03 million travellers, i.e. 4.6 per cent increase in a year, while in July there were even 1.17 million passengers. July is the peak season for ship travels.
(Äripäev, page 6, September 10, 2013)

Estonian lingerie brand Loungerie by Kriss Soonik was elected among UK’s CoolBrands. Other companies in CoolBrands list include Mercedes-Benz, Skype and Prada.
(Äripäev, page 11, September 11, 2013)

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) became one of the best universities. UK’s Quacquarelli Symonds(QS) World University Rankings ranked TUT among the 50 best universities in regards to technical universities. In general the university was 441st among 500 best universities, which was the best ranking among the Baltic universities. Tartu University ranked at 461st.
(Äripäev, page 7, September 12, 2013)

Finland adopts its own X-Road system. The Finnish government decided to start creating an electronic services data exchange layer and electronic identification system in full co-operation with Estonia. Head of the public sector IT strategy Riku Jylhänkangas said that Finland plans to study Estonia's X-Road solutions in depth and adopt a similar system as soon as possible. Director General of the Estonian Information System's Authority Jaanus Priisalu said that cooperation will make it possible for both Estonian and Finnish citizens and companies to enjoy e-services in both countries.
(Postimees, page 8, September 14, 2013)

ICT sector passed the pre-crisis level. ICT sector’s sales revenue has increased in the past two years and in 2012 it exceeded the pre-crisis level with € 1.46 billion, reports the Economy and Communications Ministry. More than half of the revenue was earned by telecommunication enterprises and about one-third of revenue was earned from programming.
(Äripäev, page 6, September 17, 2013)

Rail Baltic’s joint venture agreement was signed by Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Finnish ministers on September 16th in Vilnius.
(Postimees, page 8, September 17, 2013)

Estonian export turnover increased 2 per cent in six months year-on-year, i.e. better than the EU average. Average growth in the EU was 0.75 per cent, while Lithuania’s export increased 15 per cent.
(Äripäev, page 7, September 19, 2013)

Estonian firm Bolefloor’s products are used by top designer Paul Smith in London and Hankyu Umeda Department Store in Osaka, Japan. (Firm makes hardwood flooring with naturally curves.)
(Eesti Ekspress, page 10, September 19, 2013)

Mobi Lab社(モバイルアプリ),日米欧に顧客
Estonian successful IT-firm Mobi Solutions created a new subsidiary Mobi Lab. CEO of Mobi Lab Veiko Raime said that the new subsidiary will take over the design and development of mobile applications, while Mobi Solutions will play the role of a holding company. The company plans to grow turnover at least 30 per cent a year. Mobi Lab’s clients are mainly business companies in UK, USA, Canada, Sweden and Japan. They create solutions mainly for Android, iOS, Windows Phones, etc.
(Äripäev, page 3, September 24, 2013)

IT-mafia made it to the wealthiest people’s club. Many of Estonian IT start-ups, the owners of Creative Mobile, Zeroturnaround, Click & Grow, etc. have made it to the Estonia’s 500 wealthiest people’s ranking whithin a short time. IT-businessmen say that their secret to success is valuing people and intellectual capital.
(Äripäev, pages 4-5, October 1, 2013)

Estonian IT attracts the world. Estonian IT-firms have big plans for export, e.g. Helmes CEO Jaan Pillesaar says they will expand to the USA. It is due to their client’s request who ended its subcontract in Mexico to continue with Helmes. Pillesaar said it is rather extraordinary that a company stops buying rather cheap service and starts buying rather expensive Estonian one instead. Helmes is also active in Russia, where 80 per cent of insurance cases are processed with Helmes’ software.
(Äripäev, pages 8-9, October 1, 2013)

Tallinn is among more popular destinations for Russian tourists. The European Cities Marketing Benchmarking Report suggests that Tallinn is the sixth most popular tourist destination for Russians after Prague, Vienna, London, Munich and Berlin. Tallinn's accommodation providers catered to 115,000 Russian tourists in the first 7 months who spent a total of around 250,000 nights here. Estonia's national tourism development plan aims to lure in 1.5 million Russian tourists by 2020 provided the state can overcome three problems listed as the border's throughput capacity, transport and the visa question.
(Eesti Päevaleht, page 9, October 2, 2013)

World Bank’s index of Ease of Doing Business finds that it is easy to do business in Estonia. Estonia is among one-tenth of countries, where it is easy to do business. Among 185 countries Estonia ranked 21st, which is down two notches compared with last year. In different rankings, Estonia is listed together with OECD countries, while Latvia and Lithuania and OECD members Slovenia and Hungary are in the Eastern-Europe region list. Estonia does the best in regards to trading across borders (7th) and worst in resolving insolvency (70th).
(Äripäev, page 9, October 2, 2013)

Estonia fell one place compared to last year's ranking to the second place in a new internet freedom study by the New York-based Freedom House foundation, while Iceland grabbed the top position. Japan is ranked as number seven.
(BNS, October 3, 2013, freedomhouse.org)

Wealth in Estonia increases thanks to export. The Estonian Institute of Economic Research researchers cut this year’s export expectations, while they improved the outlook for 2014. Now the goods’ export in 2013 is estimated at € 13 billion. The economic situation in Estonia’s main export partners Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Germany is good, which is good news for Estonian producers who sell their products to the final consumer. The Institute expects this year’s economic growth to be 2 per cent, investment growth 1 per cent and real wage growth 3.3 per cent.
(Äripäev, pages 6-7, October 8, 2013)

According to Statistics Estonia, in August 2013, 385,600 foreign and domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 12% more than in the same month of the previous year. The number of domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists increased. In August, 249,100 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments and compared to August 2012 the number of foreign tourists increased by 11%. More tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Latvia, Finland and Russia (32%, 19% and 12%, respectively). 44% more tourists from Asian countries stayed in accommodation establishments than in August 2012.
(Statistics Estonia, October 10, 2013)

Netherlands buys Estonian solution. Dutch national electric vehicles quick charging network will start using NOW!Innovations mobile payment solution.  A relevant agreement was signed between NOW!Innovations and Dutch company Fastned. The latter will create a nationwide quick chargers’ network in the Netherlands with more than 200 charging locations.
(Äripäev, page 9, October 10, 2013)

Most successful company in Ida-Viru(East-Viru) County in 2012 was Eesti Energia Õlitööstus (Eesti Energia Oil Industry). State-owned energy company’s oil refinery was followed by logistics company Alexela Sillamäe and rent service VKG Transport. Lumber producer Teamwood, which ranked 23rd, hopes to enter the Asian market to guarantee its turnover growth and will first try to enter the Indian market.
(Äripäev, pages 12-13, October 16, 2013)

Kuressaare’s IT firm had a big order from Denmark. KonceptForm signed a major deal to create a software solution that will be used by 3000 doctors and nurses in Denmark.
(Äripäev, pages 6-7, October 17, 2013)

Estonia may become the location of Europe’s biggest data storage. Data Valley Enterprises representative Jussi Vartiainen introduced yesterday with IRL Tallinn mayoral candidate Eerik-Niiles Kross a plan that may lead to an investment worth a total of € 600 million. Vartiainen said that at first € 170 million will be invested to create 30,000 m2 data storage room that will offer services to global enterprises. Estonia has ideal climate for servers, innovative business environment and beneficial tax system as well as lower labour and land costs, noted Vartiainen.
(Äripäev, page 8, October 17, 2013)