Sweden at Expo 2020 in Dubai


Expo 2020 is a World Expo, currently hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Originally scheduled for October 2020 to April 2021, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being postponed, organizers kept the name Expo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes.

The main site of Expo 2020 Dubai is a 438-hectare area located between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, near Dubai’s southern border with Abu Dhabi. The master plan, designed by the American firm HOK, is organized around a central plaza, entitled Al Wasl. It is enclosed by three large thematic districts.

Each one is dedicated to one of the sub-themes of Expo 2020 – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Sweden’s pavilion is in the area of sustainability. Together with the business community, the Swedish government is investing in Sweden’s participation in the world exhibition Expo 2020.

It is a showcase for Swedish companies to showcase their sustainable and innovative solutions that help the world to change and that create jobs at home in Sweden. The Swedish exhibition pavilion “The Forest” is built entirely of wood and is consistently characterized by sustainable solutions.

Expo 2020 – The Swedish Pavilion

In the autumn of 2018, an architectural competition was held where the goal was to nominate a winning proposal for the construction and design of the Swedish pavilion. A jury named “The Forest” by Alessandro Ripellino Architects, Adrien Gardère Studio, Luigo Pardo Architetti the winner.

The pavilion is built entirely of wood from a forest in Dalarna (Sweden). The pavilion’s wooden construction and interior contain many new innovative, smart and sustainable solutions. The wooden building itself means significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions in comparison with traditional construction technology.

Utrikeshandelsminister Anna Hallberg.
Utrikeshandelsminister Anna Hallberg. Expo 2020 – Regeringskansliet

At the actual start of construction, which took place on October 8, 2019, a ceremony was held in Dubai. But instead of a traditional “Ground Breaking” ceremony, Sweden held a “Ground Planting” ceremony in the presence of Foreign Minister Anna Hallberg who symbolically planted a tree.


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