Start a company

E-residents can establish and manage an EU based company 100% online. This is the best way to run a trusted location-independent business with minimal cost and hassle-free administration.

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Benefits of starting a company

 

Operate inside the EU

  • Access EU based business banking and international payment providers
  • Take full advantage of the EU Single Market and legal framework
  • Estonia’s membership of the EU, NATO, OECD and the eurozone provides trust and stability

 

Work anywhere

  • Each e-resident is the full owner of their company without the need to pay a third party representative or hire a local director
  • Digital signing among multiple co-founders makes business management and investments easy
  • All contracts can be signed digitally, avoiding the need for paper and travel

 

Minimise costs and avoid hassle

  • Digital incorporation through trusted e-Residency service providers is low-cost, fast and convenient
  • Bureaucracy and paper based administration are eliminated, giving you more time to grow your business
  • Estonia has the most competitive tax environment among the OECD, empowering rapid growth

How to establish a company

After receiving your digital ID card, you can immediately start the process of establishing your company – online!

  • Become an e-resident
  • Obtain a legal address
  • Register your company
  • Pay the state fee and receive confirmation

Use our trusted service providers for faster solutions

Most e-residents choose to work with a business service provider to help facilitate the process of starting a business. These business service providers can help you obtain a legal address, navigate the business registry, offer assistance with obtaining a bank account, and provide other services.

  • Become an e-resident

    • Apply for the e-residency
    • Submit your application and pay €100 state fee
    • Pick up your digital ID card
  • Obtain a legal address

    • Your company needs to have an Estonian address. Please contact a business service provider to obtain a legal address
  • Register your company

    • Visit the Company Registration Portal online to check your chosen business name is available and then register it
    • Digitally sign and submit legal documents
  • Pay state fee and receive confirmation

    • You can pay the state fee and share capital through the state portal when you submit your application, or choose to defer the share capital payment
    • Your submitted application will be reviewed within one working day and any notifications will be sent by email
  • Pick up your smart ID card in person from your chosen pick up location

    • Bring the same identification document you entered in the online application form
    • Present your biometrics (fingerprints) to the consular or police official
    • Pick up the e-Resident starter kit, including smart ID card and card reader
 

Estonia – a modest country that punches above its weight

population

1.3 million

area

45,339 km2

currency

Euro

member of

EU, NATO, WTO, OECD, DIGITAL 5

ICT sector

7% of GDP

Our highest rankings

  • #1
    OECD tax competitiveness
  • #1
    WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM Entrepreneurship
  • #9
    FREEDOM HOUSE Index of Economic Freedom
  • #16
    WORLD BANK Ease of doing business
  • #1
    EUROPEAN COMMISSION EU Digital Economy and Society Index
  • #2
    FREEDOM HOUSE Internet Freedom
  • #12
    In Global Ease of Doing Business ranking

Estonia has more start-ups per capita than any other country in Europe

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statistics

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86%

of citizens have ID-cards

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99,6%

of banking transactions are done electronically

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96,3%

of people declared their income electronically

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87%

of population is using the internet daily