Estonia: e-export needs development

According to the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Estonian business operators use various e-solutions and social media for showcasing their products and services, however they do not take advantage of all e-trade and -marketing opportunities in export. “Like elsewhere in the world, there are more and more companies in Estonia that are involved in…

Estonia: August 2017 consumer price index up

According to information released by Statistics Estonia on September 7, the consumer price index in August increased by 0.4% compared to July and by 3.9% compared to August 2016. Compared to August of last year, goods were 3.8% and services 4.1% more expensive. Regulated prices of goods and services also rose by 7.2% and non-regulated…

Estonia: bad weather disrupts ferry services

Linda Line, which operates the high-speed catamaran Karolin between Tallinn and Helsinki, has canceled all September 4 departures from both capital cities due to bad weather conditions on the Gulf of Finland. Linda Line, which operates under the Linda Line Express brand, has a policy of canceling departures due to conditions involving wind speeds in…

Estonia: economy not about to overheat

Estonia continued to be a net saver, and the country’s economy was not about to overheat, Tonu Palm, chief economist at Nordea, said in his comments on the reported 5.7% GDP growth. “The economy’s rapid growth stems from a low reference base in a situation where there has been underinvestment for years. Loan growth is…

Estonia: Swedbank growth estimate unchanged

According to the Swedbank Economic Outlook released on April 6, the bank has left the 2017 GDP growth forecast for Estonia at 2.2%, while unemployment is expected to increase to 7.6% this year. According to the bank’s forecast, Estonia’s GDP is expected to grow by 2.2% this year and by 2.8% next year. Household consumption…

Estonia: Port of Tallinn cargo flow down in 2016

On January 24, Port of Tallinn’s Supervisory Board got an overview of the company’s activity and preliminary performance results for 2016, according to which Port of Tallinn’s cargo flow decreased by 10%, number of passengers increased by 4%, total revenue amounted to EUR 111 million and operating profit to EUR 49 million. According to preliminary…

Estonia: healthcare costs up

Healthcare costs have increased by 397 million euros at current prices over the 2009-2015 period, 98 million euros of which fell into 2015, according to the National Institute for Health Development’s (TAI) newly-pubished analysis “Estonian healthcare costs 2015”. In 2015 state health insurance, i.e. the Estonian Healthcare Insurance Fund (EHIF), accounted for 64.8%, household co-financing…

Estonia: electricity network fees to be lowered

The Competition Authority of Estonia released a conclusion that the cost of electricity distribution services of electric grid operator Elektrilevi was not adjusted to their current costs and should be lowered by 6.7%. Because network charges make up 50-55% of the consumer price of electricity, the price of electricity for the average consumer should drop…