Estonia's e-Governance and saunas feature in new Netflix science show

A screenshot from Episode 5 of Netflix series 'connected', filmed in Estonia.
A screenshot from Episode 5 of Netflix series 'connected', filmed in Estonia. Source: Screenshot

Estonia features in an episode of a new science series now available on streaming service Netflix, where the country is highlighted for its trail-blazing digital development.

"Connected", a U.S. show hosted by science journalist Latif Nasser, looks at the various ways people are connected to each other and the world around them.

Episode 5 of the series, "Clouds", visits Estonia and sees first-hand the country's cloud-based digital infrastructure, as well as taking a turn in a smoke sauna.

The show has already received rave reviews, with the New York times listing it as their recommended show to watch Sunday, or at any time.

Presenter Latif Nasser notes that it is difficult not to get jealous of Estonians.

"Imagine you can vote in the sauna, register your company in the hot tub or declare taxes in the toilet," he says.

In the episode, Estonia's Digital Adviser Marten Kaevats inspects a self-driving bus and the digital ID system which makes day-to-day activities such as registering a car painless in comparison with other parts of the world.

Episode 5 also features sauna exporters and bloggers Anni Oviir and Adam Rang, who appear hosting Estonian e-Residents at their sauna, familiarizing the latter with local business and culture.

"This show will help positively introduce Estonia to many more people around the world," said Rang, via a press release.

"It's often misunderstood abroad that all Estonians love technology. So I'm glad this show instead explains that most of us simply love doing other things in the time that technology saves for us. Estonia is still getting increasingly well-known globally for its e-services, but I think it would be great if we are known more for our wonderful saunas too."

The production crew of "Connected" Episode 5 was made up of local Estonians, with producer Marian Männi saying that the e-state in Estonia is an example globally.

"Here in Estonia, we take for granted how much work we have done and how much we have achieved. This series is a reminder to us."

Adam Rang also compares digital systems favorably to traditional, paper-based ones, particularly in terms of risk.

"Connected" is available on Netflix in Estonia at the time of writing, not to be confused with a movie of the same name, also listed.

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