LIFO 2020 | Estonia

LIFO 2020 Estonia - Country Factsheet

Published on: 18/02/2022
Last update: 17/02/2022
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The Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO) monitors the implementation of location interoperability good practices in European public administrations, based on the level of adoption of recommendations in the EULF Blueprint.

The overview of 2020 location interoperability status in Estonia is based on the information provided by Maa-amet (Estonian Land Board)

LIFO 2020 Estonia


Estonia fares positively compared with the corresponding European averages in the “Policy and Strategy Alignment”, “Digital Government Integration” and “Return on Investment” focus areas but is positioned quite below the European averages in the “Standardisation and Reuse” and “Governance, Partnerships and Capabilities” focus areas.

Among the points of strength, the country is particularly well positioned in the “Policy and Strategy Alignment” focus area, in line with the European average, especially thanks to the connection between the location information strategy and the digital government strategy.

The country is also well positioned under the “Return on Investment” focus area, where it even has an edge over the European average. This is due to the approach to performance monitoring of location-enabled digital public services and to the approach to the communication of benefits of integrating and using location information in digital public services. With respect to “Digital Government Integration”, the country is overall aligned with the European average. It has integrated efficiently the use of location data in digital government processes supporting G2G, G2B and G2C interactions. It has also adopted an integrated location-based approach in the collection and analysis of statistics on different topics.

Under the “Standardisation and Reuse” focus area, which presents the second lowest result for the country, gaps can be found under several recommendations, such as the limited use of APIs and the use of ad-hoc metadata specifications.

The focus area where the country is placed the worst is “Governance, Partnerships and Capabilities”, where the gap with the European average is quite wide. There is very limited involvement of stakeholders in decision making on the role of location information in digital government. Another weakness is the lack of partnership agreements among public administrations to ensure the successful development and exploitation of spatial data infrastructures. Specific gaps can also be found in other focus areas, such as the sub-optimal use of a standards based approach in public procurement of location information and services or the lack of pan-government guidelines on the contribution of location data to the publication of public open data.


LIFO index for 2020

The LIFO index for Estonia combining the scores for all focus areas is 0.49. This is below the LIFO index European average, which is 0.55, due to gaps particularly in the “Standardisation and Reuse” and “Governance, Partnerships and Capabilities” focus areas.

                             Overall EULF Blueprint implementation for Estonia


Additional information

For more details, download the factsheet in the attachment section below.

Click here to find out more about the Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO)

Click here to explore the LIFO 2020 and 2019 results in the LIFO Interactive Dashboards  


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