From: The Patriot Post


Although small in size and population, Estonia punches above its weight inside NATO and is an example for all of the Alliance to emulate. Estonia is only one of five countries (out of 28) to spend the NATO requirement of 2 percent of GDP on defense. While many European countries sent their troops to the safer parts of Afghanistan, Estonia deployed theirs to Helmand province — one of the country’s deadliest regions. After the Russian cyber-attack in 2007, Estonia led the debate inside NATO on the importance of cyber-security and is now home to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Estonia even ranks second in the eurozone and 9th in the world in the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

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