Finland on Monday confirmed its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai and unveiled the design of its pavilion for the event.
The Scandinavian country joins other nations including Oman, the UK and Germany in unveiling its pavilion design with just under two years to go until the event kicks off on October 20, 2020.
The country said its pavilion design took inspiration from Finnish nature and Arabic culture and would feature a “white as snow” exterior.
The entrance is intended to give the impression of arriving in an Arabic tent, while inside visitors will find a “calm and natural gorge” intended to be a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the event.
There will also be displays to showcase the county’s expertise in sustainability, technology and tourism through partners including KONE Corporation, Konecranes and Outotec.
“Finland is the greenest country in the world: fresh air, pure water, green forests, clean energy and clean technology,” said commissioner general of Finland for Dubai Expo, Severi Keinälä.
“Our Nordic nature inspires us to find creative and sustainable solutions and the Finland Pavilion provides a cool shaded refuge for making connections.”
Expo 2020, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, will run for six months from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
Around 180 countries are expected to participate in the event, which will be the first where all the participating countries have their own pavilion. The Expo will also see participation from companies, NGOs and educational institutions.
The expo is expected to attract 25 million visits, with 70 per cent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE.
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