Estonian Human Development Report (EIA) 2023

       In October 2020, the Council of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly decided that mental health and wellbeing would be the topic of the next Estonian Human Development Report.

      The editor-in-chief of the Estonian Human Development Report (EIA) will be Merike Sisask, Professor of Social Health at the Institute of Social Sciences of Tallinn University and Senior Research Fellow at the Estonian Demographic Centre. In total, about 40 researchers will contribute to the preparation of the report.

      The EIA will be published in the first half of 2023.


According to researchers, making a systematic and conscious contribution to the better mental and physical health of the Estonian people can be an important accelerator of the country’s development.

A person’s health is impacted 50% by lifestyle, 20% by the environment, 20% by heredity and 10% by medical care. The EIA on mental health will focus on the 70% related to the one’s environment, be it physical, digital or social.

In the human development report to be published in early 2023, Estonian researchers will examine the following topics: what creates (or inhibits) mental wellbeing and happiness in society; what impact and role do the various environments surrounding us have on mental health; and how does mental health relate to the economy. 

The report will focus on two issues: firstly, what can be done proactively to improve a person’s mental health; and secondly, what needs to be done to maintain mental health.


Every decision that is made in a country should be accompanied by

a label that explains how this will impact people’s mental health.

People’s mental wellbeing affects the functioning of society at large.

Merike Sisask


In order for decisionmakers to create a scientific view of the cross-field scope and impact of this topic, dozens of researchers and experts will work to produce the human development report.

The objective of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly’s Estonian Human Development Report is to create a systematic big picture, provide a vision for the future and highlight decision-making opportunities and recommendations that are based on the best data and knowledge.