Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen officially opened the Finnish pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.
The Finnish pavilion has been characterised as an image of the nation in miniature. The pavilion showcases Finland and Finnish society to the world, and tells stories about the country and its people. In the heart of the pavilion is a miniature city centre called “Kirnu” (“Churn”).
The first guest at the pavilion was EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton. Large numbers of people visited the pavilion on its opening day.
More than 40 companies and associations are behind the Finnish exhibit at the Shanghai Expo. On May 27 the 3,000-square-metre structure will be the centre of Finland Day events, with the themes of well-being, competence and the environment.
Pekkarinen is in China on a trip aimed at promoting bilateral trade.