At the end of 1989, I ended up in Switzerland, and a few things surprised me. One of them was that our village was always cleared of snow, and any residual snow was never a problem. “How do you do it?” – I asked my host – “In Warsaw, there is always a problem with that. If the snow is cleaned up at all, it is not done with any urgency.”. “We decide who is responsible for cleaning the snow. Every year, those who want to do it, give us the offers. Then we analyse these offers and we choose those that are cheap and reliable.” – was the answer. “We? Not the government?” – I thought.
A former Soviet state, located in northeastern Europe, now a member of the European Union – with this usually ends our k nowledge about Estonia. A fter long reflection, one remembers some of the news headlines: “Baltic Economic Tiger”, “E-residency”, “E-state”. Although we know little, our knowledge allows us to describe a country that has emerged from under the Soviet yoke. Once poor, Estonia today walks the path of growth. Unfortunately, the story of Estonia, and especially the process of its transformation, remains unknown to many. But this success story offers good lessons not only for future generations but also for countries that still struggle with the socialist legacy.
"How to become European Tiger" is a fascinating story about how free-market reforms in Estonia lead to economic development.