“Estonia has become a model for free and open internet access,” Freedom House said in this year’s Freedom on the Net index. “It is the EU member state with the most digital public services, and private services are largely internet-based.”
The organisation also said that Estonia continued to be one of the most connected countries in the world with regard to internet access, and Estonian internet users faced very few obstacles when it came to accessing the internet.
“One of the very few content restrictions is found in the Gambling Act, which requires all domestic and foreign gambling sites to obtain a special license or face access restrictions,” Freedom House added.
Estonia is followed in the rankings by Iceland, Canada, Germany, Australia and the United States. The least free countries in the index are China, Syria, Ethiopia, Iran and Cuba.
Estonia also came first in the Freedom on the Net 2016 index.
Freedom House is a US-based, US government-funded non-governmental organisation that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights.
Cover: A young woman in Tallinn on internet (the image is illustrative/by Aliis Sinisalu/Shutterstock).