Finland devotes energy to Astana expo 2017

The exhibition in the Kazakh capital is devoted to solutions and technologies for the energy of the future. The Finnish pavilion’s theme is “Sharing pure energy.”

“For over 150 years, countries have been gathering at global exhibitions to try to make the world a better place”, says Severi Keinälä, Finland’s commissioner general for the event. This year is no exception.

Pure Finnish tech

Finland’s pavilion shows off the country’s know-how in the field of energy efficiency, in both production and distribution, as well as various types of cleantech expertise for driving sustainable growth.

Other topics Finland is emphasising at Astana Expo 2017 include digital technologies, education programmes, logistics and Finnish design. Among the Finnish firms displaying their wares at the event are Tikkurila, Isku Interior, Ensto, Honkarakenne, Vaisala and Finnair. In total, around 50 Finnish companies are taking part.

And it’s not just the big names. A startup called I’m Blue, founded last year by schoolchildren in the Finnish city of Espoo, will be there. I’m Blue makes healthy blueberry soda, designed to give people a taste of the power of Finnish nature.

The Finnish pavilion consists of five structures constructed around a common space. Each structure has its own theme, for example Pure Energy, Smart City, Clean Water or Excellence in Education.

Not limited by walls

The walls of the Finland pavilion are being built by the Kazakhs, but the Finns are creating the rest. In order to be environmentally sustainable, the pavilion uses wood materials and modern technology. And after the exhibition, all the building materials will be sent for recycling.

The Finnish pavilion’s design is the work of Ateljé Sotamaa, founded by sister and brother Tuuli and Kivi Sotamaa. They work on major projects that combine architecture and design with art and related fields. They’ve previously worked with a diverse range of clients, such as Finland’s Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Helsinki Design Museum, Aalto University, and commercial companies such as Fazer, Marimekko and Stockmann.

The architects’ main task is to create an emotional experience that sparks people’s curiosity and encourages them to find out more about Finland. “With the design of the pavilion, we want to not only create impressions and stories for the visitors, but also leave space for their own personal experiences”, Kivi Sotomaa says.

Ateljé Sotamaa promises that “at the Finnish pavilion all of the senses will be engaged, including hearing and taste. The design flows between the digital and the natural, allowing the pavilion to become a stage for discussions about technology and nature.”

Big years for the Finns

The first time Finland – at that time the Grand Duchy of Finland – took part in the world expo was over 100 years ago in Paris.

Finland’s programme was a cultural experience then, too. As historian Laura Kolbe puts it, a country’s image is created at global exhibitions. In Paris, a male choir sang – at the time this was considered to be the very essence of Finnishness. In Astana, jazz pianist Lenni-Kalle Taipale performs with his band.

The cultural programme is being coordinated by Mato Valtonen, known among other things as the frontman of the Finnish rock groups Sleepy Sleepers and Leningrad Cowboys. Founded in 1987, the Leningrad Cowboys perform their own songs, as well as cover versions of Western rock music and arrangements of Russian folk songs. The group featured in two films by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki in the 1990s and performed together with the Alexandrov Red Army Choir.

The exhibition in Astana is especially significant for Finland because this year the country celebrates 100 years of independence. Severi Keinälä ventures as far as to say that Astana Expo 2017 is the biggest celebratory event in honour of the anniversary, because it lasts 93 days.

Read other news on the city site of Helsinki.
Finland energy technology Astanaexpo
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

A man wanted in connection with a suspected arson attempt on a home in Helsinki’s Käpylä district was remanded into police custody on Sunday. The Helsinki district court has remanded a man suspected of attempted arson and attempted murder into police custody, ending a short-lived manhunt, police said on Sunday. The 25 year-old is suspected of using a Molotov cocktail to cause a fire at a flat in Käpylä, Helsinki last Monday. The apartment was completely de...
Helsinki Central Library Oodi will opened its doors to the public on 5 December at 8am, a day before Finland’s 101st birthday. Designed by ALA Architects, this library of a new era is an ode to Finnish culture, equality and freedom of expression. Oodi offers everyone an open, public urban space at Kansalaistori Square, right opposite Parliament House. Central Library Oodi is an active and functional meeting point with 2.5 million expected annual visitors....
The teacher was convicted for nine incidents of sexual abuse that took place between 2013 and 2017. A teacher at a Swedish-language school in Helsinki was slapped with an 18-month suspended prison sentence for the sexual abuse of students in his charge. The court also ordered the defendant to pay damages amounting to 1,500 euros to one of the complainants and 1,200 euros each to four others. The court found that the offences occurred between 2013 and 2017....
Four projects will focus on resident services, data and AI, infrastructure and enablers and it aims to promote a culture of experimentation. Helsinki is continuing its drive to make the best use of digitalisation with four new projects focused on resident services, data and artificial intelligence, infrastructure and enablers, and a culture of experimentation. The Finnish capital is striving to be the world’s most “functional” city and to achieve its aims...
Police suspect a fire that destroyed a flat in Helsinki Monday night was ignited by a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window. No one was hurt in the incident. Authorities are investigating a case of suspected arson and attempted murder in Helsinki related to a fire that broke out shortly before 8 pm Monday, ravaging an apartment in the city's Käpylä neighbourhood. Police suspect that a burning Molotov cocktail, also known as a petrol bomb, was thrown thr...
The ministry also wants the national communications regulator to determine whether Trafi's other consumer services can be safely restored on Wednesday. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has asked the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority Ficora, to assess data privacy and security on the web services of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Trafi. The request follows a recent public backlash to Trafi's decision to open an online database wh...
Taking a train between Finland and Estonia will be possible by Christmas 2024, says the entrepreneur behind one of two massive tunnel projects being planned. Last week the FinEst Bay Area Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel project received 100 million euros from a Dubai-based construction group ARJ Holding – the first external financing made towards the estimated 15-billion-euro effort. Peter Vesterbacka - a man who made a fortune as a marketing boss at mobile gaming...
Several protest marches took place in Helsinki on Thursday evening. Police intervened to forcibly remove swastika flags from Neo-Nazi demonstrators. Police said on Thursday that they will open an investigation into neo-Nazis flying swastika flags in downtown Helsinki. Four protesters had reportedly been taken into police custody. Two processions made their way through Helsinki city centre Thursday evening. The neo-Nazi Kohti vapautta ('toward freedom') dem...
Most of Friday’s papers focus on Thursday's gala at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki where Finland's movers, shakers and honourees were invited to celebrate the nation’s 101 years of independence. Traditionally, media attention has centered on the best-dressed guests and this year was no exception. According to tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, among the most elegant invitees this year was MP Jaana Pelkonen, who wore a bright yellow sleeveless dress by French desig...