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Aivar Riisalu

Aivar Riisalu, born in 1961, is a member of Tallinn City Government, holding the post of a Deputy Mayor since 2017. His areas of responsibility are business development, tourism, innovation and smart city issues.

During his term as a Deputy Mayor Mr Riisalu has been a strong advocate for implementing innovative technologies and procedures into the everyday urban life.

Mr Riisalu graduated from Tallinn Technological University in 1984 with a degree in economics. He was in transport and logistics business from 1994 to 2009 until he was elected to the Parliament of Estonia. Since then he has been active in politics, both on state and local levels. He is a member of the Centre Party.

Aivar Riisalu is an active member of Estonian Defence Union and Military Sporting Society “Erna” and has been rewarded with several medals of honour. He is also a well-known entertainer and singer.

City of Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital and the largest city of Estonia. It is located on Estonia's north coast to the Gulf of Finland, 80 kilometres south of Helsinki.  Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 and has a population of 450000.

Almost one-third of Estonia’s population lives in Tallinn and the city’s GDP covers more than 50% of the GDP of the country. The city has particular strength in information technology and tourism. We have the third bigger number of start-ups per capita in Europe.

The digital success story started in 1998 and today most of the 564 public services in Tallinn are paperless. We are #1 in the European Commission Digital Economy Index. According to Inc.com Tallinn is among 5 Global Cities of the Future and we were the runner-up for the title of European Innovation Capital 2017.

The first public live 5G network in Europe was created in the Port of Tallinn in September 2017.

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