On 19 November at Vabamu we will be opening the ‘Why Estonia? 30 Years from the USSR to e-Estonia’ exhibition, which takes a look back at the birth of our digital nation, its achievements over the years and what the future holds in store. The playful layout and engaging stories are designed to help answer the questions of how and why Estonia, once a nation of farmers, became a world-leading digital society and what new challenges lie ahead of us.
exhibition has been curated by Henrik Roonemaa from an idea by Karen Jagodin.
It will be open until 23 October 2022.
How the exhibition came about
Estonia, developing digital possibilities has been one way of surviving
financially and standing out on the world stage. A country as small as ours
enjoys few opportunities to do that, after all.
But why us
in particular, and how? There is something in Estonians that simply will not
allow us to remain invisible. Something that makes us dig in our heels when
faced with a challenge that at first glance seems impossible. The success story
of our digital state is proof of our dogged determination, the fruits of which
we are able to enjoy ourselves and proudly show to others.
exhibition showcases the conditions that enabled Estonia to become a
world-leading digital state and looks at how digital society has changed our
nation, the people who live here and the entrepreneurs who operate in the
country. It also examines the new challenges we face in connection with
developments in technology (including its darker side – cybersecurity and the
risks inherent in digital behaviour) and where the Estonian state’s new vision
will lead our digital society in the future.
The exhibition will be of interest to visitors of all ages and backgrounds – Estonians and tourists alike. Anyone keen to obtain an overview of the e-success story of our little nation, of its past, present and future, is welcome to visit the exhibition.
Exhibition visuals and content
exhibition is visually very attractive: at Vabamu the story of our e-state
becomes a hands-on world of unicorns and techno-giants in which old computers,
mobile phones, video games and current and future e-state solutions all have
their place. In order for what the exhibition showcases to be better understood
and remembered, its displays are attractive and provide an unforgettable
experience. Text is limited, but there is plenty to see, hear, touch and more.
Welcome to the exhibition!