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How to start a company

Starting a Company
Financing Possibilities
Estonian Law

Starting a Company

In order to start a company in Estonia, you need to either visit a notary (List of Notaries in Estonia) or visit the Company Registration Portal (an online environment which allows users to submit documents to the Business Register electronically). The Company Registration Portal allows submitting applications for registering a new company, amending registry data, liquidating a company and deleting a company from the registry. You can also prepare and submit annual reports via the portal.

More information on how to start a company and do business in Estonia can be found under the following links:





Audit Services*



Legal Advice*







Patent Attorneys*



*You can find all Estonian service providers in these fields under these links.

Last changed 07.12.2020

Estonian Law

General Overview

The legal system in Estonia is based on the Continental European civil law model and has been influenced by the German legal system. Unlike to common law countries, Estonia has detailed codifications and issues are solved according to these codifications.


Estonian law is basically divided into private and public law. Generally, private law consists of civil law and commercial law. Public law consists of international law, constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, financial law and procedural law.


Foreign investors have the same rights and obligations as local entrepreneurs. All foreign investors may establish a company in Estonia in the same way as local investors, no special restrictions are made.


Foreign investments are protected by internal law and international agreements. Estonia has concluded treaties for the protection of investments with several countries including the United States, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. Furthermore, agreements on avoiding double taxation have been made with more than 30 countries, including the EU countries.

Estonian legislative text in English: www.riigiteataja.ee/en/
Chamber of Notaries: www.notar.ee/?set_lang_id=2
The Estonian Ministry of Justice: www.just.ee/en

Legal framework: www.investinestonia.com/en/investment-guide/legal-framework

Last changed 07.12.2020