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Date posted: 02/02/2007
Sweden is to become the first country to establish diplomatic representation in the virtual reality world of Second Life, according to Swedish Institute (SI) director Olle W?stberg.
"We are planning to establish a Swedish embassy in Second Life primarily as an information portal for Sweden,"
The embassy would not provide passports or visas but would instruct visitors how to obtain such documents physically and act as a link to web-based information about the Scandinavian country.
"Second Life allows us to inform people about Sweden and broaden the opportunity for contact with Sweden easily and cheaply," W?stberg said.
The Swedish Institute is an agency of the Swedish foreign ministry tasked with informing the world about Sweden. The ministry fully backed the initiative, he added.
W?stberg hoped the embassy would open soon. In the longer term the Swedish Institute envisaged buying an island in the virtual world to create a home for Swedish companies.
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