Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are European figureheads and global forerunners when it comes to digitization. 5G networks, comprehensive broadband coverage, and extended online administration services characterize the Baltic States as much as a successful start-up- and tech-scene, which has brought forth companies such as Skype, Transferwise, Trafi, Taxify, and Starship Technologies. The Baltic countries are ideal test labs for eGovernment, IT security, Blockchain, and many more digital developments, which are likely to shape our world in the near and far future.
Germany is not only the biggest single European IT market. It also invests massively in its own digital infrastructure and services portfolio. Germany is therefore a main target market for Baltic services suppliers and benefits at the same time significantly from cooperations with the innovative Baltic technology scene.
The second German-Baltic Digital Summit in Munich was supposed to focus on topics such as digital energy solutions, sustainable mobility in a smart city, cybersecurity and digital administration & e-government. The aim was to identify best practices, create leads and - most importantly - create space for direct networking, knowledge transfer and matchmaking discussions.
You can still watch the video of our partner this year, Invest in Bavaria, and see why Bavaria in particular would have been an ideal partner for this year's Digital Summit and why it still is an interesting region for start-ups and innovative companies.
More information about the first German-Baltic Digital Summit in Düsseldorf in 2019 can be found under Previous Events.
Germany ranks 12th in the DESI report 2020 and is one of the leaders in connectivity. With 82% of German Internet users listening to music online, watching videos and playing games on the Internet, 76% reading news online,
66% using online banking and 59% making video calls, Germans are above average users of the Internet. When it comes to online shopping, the country ranks also high among the EU28 (84%). In addition, German citizens and companies are actively approaching the opportunities of eCommerce.
However, Germans are reluctant to subscribe to fast or ultrafast broadband. Moreover, with only 49% of German Internet users being eGovernment users, the greatest challenge is to improve the online interaction between public authorities and citizens. Therefore, many institutions and companies are eager to learn from Baltic experiences and are also keen on finding partners on fields such as eGovernment, Cyber Security and others. Furthermore, urbanization, logistic, and environmental needs force the country to invest largely into smart technologies, especially into smart city and energy solutions.