It’s almost a truism that the small nation of Estonia, with a population of less than 1.5 million, has been one of the leaders in terms of delivering government service with the click of a mouse.

But now the government is rolling out a new concept: transnational digital identity.

Foreign nationals are now being offered an additional Estonian digital identity so that such nationals can avail of online government services with a few mouse-clicks. The opportunities, in terms of gaining access to the single European market, are obvious. Foreign nationals, equipped with their new Estonian e-Identities, can set-up new businesses super-fast with minimal fuss.

This video, from European Parliament TV, explains the concept in a bit more detail.