September 14, 2017

Finland awarded for its future energy vision at Astana EXPO-2017

Visitors to Finland's pavilion could see the famous Northern lights and hear the sound of the Finnish forest, while acquainting themselves with Finnish solutions for tackling environmental challenges.
Visitors to Finland's pavilion could see the famous Northern lights and hear the sound of the Finnish forest, while acquainting themselves with Finnish solutions for tackling environmental challenges.
Ateljé Sotamaa

Finland has been awarded for its interpretation of the ‘Future Energy’-themed Astana EXPO-2017, held between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Kazakhstan’s capital city Astana.

Under the banner of ‘Sharing Pure Energy’, Finland’s pavilion was awarded gold for its efforts in introducing future energy options in the ‘under 400-square-metre pavilion’ grouping. Singapore achieved silver in the category and Czech Republic took home the bronze.

Finland was the sole Nordic representative at the expo. The pavilion was designed by Ateljé Sotamaa and saw the involvement of more than 70 Finnish companies. It received nearly 300 000 visitors during the 93-day event.

Part of the World Expo tradition which stretches back more than 150 years, Astana EXPO-2017 gathered together 112 countries to showcase their know-how in the promotion of sustainable energy.

The expo led to direct deals for the partaking Finnish companies and also brought positive visibility to Finland.

Several Finnish officials visited the expo over the three months, including President Sauli Niinistö, the Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen and the Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä.

The World Expo was organised for the first time in the Central Asian region and attracted nearly four million visitors.

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