The Finland Pavilion welcomed its millionth guest yesterday afternoon. The lucky visitor, 16-year-old student Sun Zhaopeng from Shandong Province, received a Suunto Core wrist computer from Finnish commissioner general Pertti Huitu.
Sun was at first quite puzzled but quickly became very happy. The student from Number Four Middle School in Zhangqiu city, came to Shanghai Expo with his classmates. He said he picked the pavilion because he is fond of the country. He is familiar with Finnish athletes and interested in Finnish dancing, as he is a dance fan.
The wrist computer combines high technology with heart-rate monitors, diving technology and top design. Sun also received a Kirnu coin, designed by Xiao Yong, the professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts and the designer of the Beijing Olympics medal. He enjoyed a guided tour of the pavilion accompanied by Moomin, the famous children’s book character created by Finnish author Tove Jansson.
The visitor flow of the pavilion, about 30,000 people daily, has exceeded the operators’ expectation of about 15,000 before the opening.
The theme of Finnish participation is “Sharing Inspiration,” by which Finland wants to share and promote ideas, technologies, sustainable living and building and promote culture in the Expo.