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The World's First 'Data Embassy' to Open in Luxembourg

Cyber-savvy Estonia has taken yet another step forward in global technology – the small Baltic state is set to open the world's first "data embassy" in Luxembourg early next year. The heavily protected server room will contain key e-government data, which the Nato and euro zone member can access even when systems are down at home. Prime minister Juri Ratas said last month that data security and cyber security are generally crucial from the perspective of both people's confidence and the functioning of services. He released the statement after signing an agreement with his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel. After five decades of Soviet rule ended in 1991, Estonia opted to go high-tech as fast as possible, and still outstrips other members of the European Union, which it joined in 2004. One of the most connected countries in the world, the Baltic state has made most public services accessible on a special state portal, and pioneered e-voting in 2005.

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