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Switzerland gets foretaste of Expo 2000

The organisers of Germany's World Exposition have been in Zurich to launch the event's promotional campaign in Switzerland. Expo 2000 opens in ten weeks' time in Hanover and will continue until the end of October.

This content was published on March 22, 2000 - 10:12

The organisers of Germany's World Exposition have been in Zurich to launch the event's promotional campaign in Switzerland. Expo 2000 opens in ten weeks' time in Hanover and will continue until the end of October. It will bring together almost 200 countries and international organisations and expects to welcome 40 million visitors from all over the world.

"It's of the greatest importance for Germany," says Birgit Breuel, the General Commissioner of Expo 2000, "because it is taking place ten years after reunification and we are very happy to be the host for the whole world."

Expo's theme is Mankind, Nature and Technology and a park is being created to house 11 different exhibitions that aim to give visitors a glimpse into the 21st century.

Around 50 countries will construct their own showcase. The Swiss pavillion has been designed by the world-famous architect, Peter Zumthor, and is still under construction. The eight metre high building will consist of a labyrinth of wooden beams partially covered by corrugated iron. It will be open on all sides to represent Switzerland as a progressive and forward looking country. Visitors will be served up traditional Swiss food and music and there will also be a sound and light show.

Expo 2000 is also backing some 800 projects around the world aimed at harnessing new technology to improve mankind's relationship with the natural world. Switzerland is responsible for ten of the projects, including one that aims to reforest the Alps.

by Michael Hollingdale

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