Many of the 1,3 mio citizens of E-estonia have embraced a digital lifestyle, supported by official institutions. In the wake of Skype’s great success – the video messenger was engineered by three Estonians – 350 start-ups emerged. That’s one start-up per 3700 citizens: the highest proportion in Europe.
Today, nearly 300 Finnish games companies employ 3000 people. The revenue: 2,4 bn Euros p/a. The growth rate from 2013 to 2014: nearly 100 %. The digital media market is dominated by software development and marketing. Interesting: the high percentage of VFX specialists in this sector.
Poland is considered to be a rising star. But the 300 game companies – most of them are independent – with 4000 employees still aim for more (and well deserved) international recognition. This is changing for good now. Poland has a lot to offer – as a customer market and an export country.
In Sweden, things seems to work just fine – from social security to digital entrepreneurship. The feeling to have a safety net may be one of the reasons why the majority of Swedish people is progressive, comparatively wealthy and blessed with an affinity for a digital lifestyle. Which vice versa can be regarded as a head start in the race of digital natives.
There’s much enthusiasm in and about Berlin. The city – well known as a haven for subcultures – now also gains lots of reputation as a place for business and innovation.
Some call the German capital “Silicon Allee” or “Berlin Valley”. And there lies truth in the pun.