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His Holiness Pope Francis becomes an e-resident of Estonia

His Holiness Pope Francis becomes an e-resident of Estonia © Office of the President of Estonia


His Holiness Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church and Head of State of Vatican City, today became an e-resident of Estonia when he was presented with his own digital ID card by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

Pope Francis is the 37 647th e-resident and Estonia now has e-residents from 157 countries around the world. Estonia is regarded as the world's most advanced digital nation and began offering e-Residency in 2014 to provide people around the world with a secure digital identity and online access to Estonia's public and private services.

The programme is helping democratise access to entrepreneurship globally by enabling more people to establish and manage a trusted company with access to a wide range of online business tools. His Holiness is the first Head of State to receive e-Residency, although other Heads of Government to receive e-Residency are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Luxembourgish Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

Estonia's e-resident population is currently growing at an ever increasing rate, which provides not just economic benefits to Estonia and the world, but helps connect people across borders while also introducing them to Estonia. The programme has also joined forces with the Unitied Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for a iniaitive called eTrade For All, which uses e-Residency to help more people in developing countries benefit from e-commerce. For more information about e-Residency, visit: e-resident.gov.ee/

Pope Francis is on an apostolic journey and visiting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to celebrate their 100th anniversary.