Sweden's Second Life Embassy ready for opening
AFP · 18 May 2007, 16:59
Published: 18 May 2007 16:59 GMT+02:00
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Director General of the Swedish Institute Olle Wästberg will be present at the "opening".
The embassy will not provide passports or visas but will instruct visitors how to obtain such documents in the real world and act as a link to web-based information about the Scandinavian country.
The Swedish Institute is an agency of the Swedish foreign ministry tasked with informing the world about Sweden.
Second Life, created by San Francisco technology company Linden Lab, has attracted several real-world companies, including car manufacturers and sports clothing makers, which created 3-D stores.
On Friday, according to the Second Life website (http://secondlife.com/), there were 6,491,898 residents in its alternative reality.
In January Swedish authorities said they would clamp down on Swedes earning money through Internet games such as Second Life.