A tour guide dressed as a monk is leading a group of about a dozen foreign visitors around the streets of Tallinn’s medieval old town. It’s a scene that could be played out in just about any European city that happens to be blessed with a well-preserved historic quarter. Heritage is, after all, what tends to attract the tourist dollar.
But looking beyond the boundaries of the capital’s old town, Estonia’s government is keen to tell a much more contemporary story. Just over thirty years have passed since the country gained independence from a collapsing Soviet Union and since then it has been building its economy from the ground up. Today, a burgeoning startup scene is seen as one of the keys to future prosperity.
So how’s that going? Well, with a population of just 1.3 million people, Estonia has, so far, originated a grand