Estonia opens virtual embassy in Second Life

Tech-savvy Estonia opened "an official embassy" in Second Life, TechCrunch reports.

Tech-savvy Estonia opened “an official embassy” in Second Life, TechCrunch reports. Estonia, celebrating 90 years of freedom from Russia this year, launched the embassy to symbolize the progression of its own society, and promote Estonia by hosting discussions and lectures with people who may not be able to travel to Estonia. The embassy will act as a conduit for information to countries where Estonia has no representation, as limited resources enable it to post diplomats in only 40 countries.

According to AFP, the foreign ministry said that features range from highbrow exhibition halls to an “offbeat” canine news anchor (the anchor is an actual dog, a traditional Estonian "Eesti hagija" breed), and, according to ministry official Marten Kokk, follows neighbor Sweden's virtual diplomatic mission earlier this year.

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