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Finland building the future in China

2009. 23 April

( Finland expressed its long-term commitment and future-oriented view on China and the world with the ground-breaking ceremony of its Expo 2010 pavilion in Shanghai.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, who noted that Finland is committed to keep up its level of participation in the Expo 2010. Mr Hong Hao, Deputy Secretary General of Shanghai Municipal Government, Director General of the World Expo 2010 Bureau of Coordination honored the ceremony with his presence.

The Finnish Expo pavilion, the Giant’s Kettle, is aiming to be an example of sustainable development. This is reflected for example by the fact that the pavilion will be clad with scaly modern shingles designed especially for the project. The shingles are made from an innovative wood plastic composite material, UPM ProFi, manufactured mainly from recycled paper and plastic. UPM is one of the world’s leading forest industry groups.

Alongside the ground-breaking ceremony of the pavilion, a charity project by Finnish companies and other organizations was introduced. Through the project a school is build in Guanghan city, one of the several areas devastated by earth-quake in May 2008 in Sichuan province. The construction of the school is about to start soon and the project is meant to be finalized during the latter part of the year.

In the ground-breaking ceremony, two stones, both in the shape of Giant’s Kettle, were introduced to the guests. One was laid in the ground of the Finnish Expo site that will accommodate the Giant’s Kettle, inviting Chinese and guests around the world in year 2010 to come and “share their inspiration” at the Finnish pavilion. The other was given by the Finnish charity project to Mr. Li Yubo, Deputy Mayor of Guanghan City, to be taken to the construction site of the school to symbolize Finnish-Chinese friendship enhanced by the charity project and the Expo 2010.

Finland strongly committed to Expo 2010

Finland is strongly committed to the Expo 2010 and will keep up the level of its participation. Finland will build its own pavilion around 3000 square meters of size. The pavilion is conveniently located in the junction of the Lupu Bridge and the elevated skyway of the Expo area, close to the metro station of the future line number 13. The pavilion is designed by JKMM Architects, an architectural office based in Helsinki, capital of Finland. The project management consultant services are provided by Lemcon Ltd., part of Lemminkäinen group.

The budget of the Finland’s Expo project is 13.7 million euros. Three fourths of the budget is financied by the government and one fourth is seeked from the partners. The slogan of the Finnish Expo 2010 participation is “Sharing Inspiration” that emphasizes open interaction and collaboration with inspiration as a contributor for innovation. Finland discusses the theme of the Expo 2010 “Better City, Better Life” from the points of view of well-being, competence and the environment.


More information            

Commissioner General Pertti Huitu

+358 403433 688, pertti.huitu(a)

Communications Director Mikko Puustinen

+358 0403433 638, mikko.puustinen(a)

The Finnish participation at World Expo 2010 Shanghai China was decided on January 2007. The financing comes mainly from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Finpro, an organization promoting the internationalization of Finnish companies and other entities, is designated to plan and implement the project.