Work in Estonia, launched today by Enterprise Estonia (EAS), a government agency, aims to encourage foreign experts to relocate to Estonia.
The goal of Work in Estonia is to simplify the process for local companies to employ overseas specialists and to introduce Estonia as the perfect destination for fulfilling one’s potential.
Because it is a member of the European Union, there are no obstacles for EU citizens wishing to move to Estonia, but the country has recently made it easier to employ foreign specialists from non-EU/EEA countries as well. Work in Estonia is tasking itself to gather all the relevant information on one platform – both for employers and potential employees.
Expats, who have already relocated to Estonia, cite many reasons why they’re happy with their decision. Work in Estonia aims to share these positive experiences with future recruits, as well as informing them about practicalities – first regarding relocating, and then about daily living and working in Estonia. The website will also advertise relevant job opportunities in Estonia.
“At first glance, it may raise a few eyebrows that one small Nordic country could compete for talent alongside places like London, Berlin or Silicon Valley,” Kristel Kask, the project manager of Work in Estonia, said. “But in reality, Estonia has several advantages that make it an attractive place for many future-orientated, high-achieving talents from all over the world.”
Estonia attracts with compact organizational hierarchy
According to a recent study conducted by EAS, people moving to Estonia from Western countries consider the main motivator and attraction of Estonia to be its compact organizational hierarchy, which enables them to climb up the career ladder more rapidly than in other countries. Teams are smaller and everyone has the chance to have their say in decision-making. The country is regarded as straightforward and open-minded.
The high level of English language skills is considered a very positive thing, the Estonian living environment is regarded as safe, affordable and easy-going, and overseas specialists also cite dealings with both the state and with business as efficient. Expats who have relocated to Estonia also say that despite the small size of the country, it is possible to attend great concerts and other cultural events non-stop.
The Work in Estonia project is part of a larger initiative to attract more overseas talent to Estonia. Surveys show that Estonia may need tens of thousands of skilled people in coming decades.