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22 May 2007
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On May 22, Maldives became the first country in the world to open a Virtual
Embassy in Second Life, the online virtual world. The Maldives Virtual
Embassy is located in the Diplomatic Quarter of Diplomacy Island in Second
Life, an online space designed to allow new avenues for diplomatic
representation and negotiation, especially for small and developing
countries that have limited diplomatic outreach in the “real” world. The
official inauguration ceremony took place simultaneously in the real world
(Geneva) and in the virtual world (Second Life), with participants in both
“place” and “space” able to watch the speeches, interact with each other,
and explore the Maldives Embassy and the rest of Diplomacy Island.

On May 22, Maldives became the first country in the world to open a Virtual
Embassy in Second Life, the online virtual world. The Maldives Virtual
Embassy is located in the Diplomatic Quarter of Diplomacy Island in Second
Life, an online space designed to allow new avenues for diplomatic
representation and negotiation, especially for small and developing
countries that have limited diplomatic outreach in the “real” world. The
official inauguration ceremony took place simultaneously in the real world
(Geneva) and in the virtual world (Second Life), with participants in both
“place” and “space” able to watch the speeches, interact with each other,
and explore the Maldives Embassy and the rest of Diplomacy Island.

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