Let’s meet the world: Sweden

Sweden, officially called the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. At 450,295 squares, Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of about 9.4 million. Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year.

Today (May 23), Staffan Björck hosted Sweden’s National Pavilion Day at Expo hall of the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea.

Those in attendance include Staffan Björck as the senior advisor of Foreign Ministry, Mr. Ulf Sormark as the minister of embassy, and his wife, Mrs. Julie Sormark, and Swedish professors at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

The Swedish traditional folk dance team celebrated its National Pavilion Day with music and dances of Swedish origin. And Sirqus Alfon, who is very famous for modern slapstick comedy, showed fantastic performances at Expo hall and Sweden pavilion.

For children, Astrid Lindgren’s World team performed ‘Pippi Longstocking and her friends’ in front of Sweden pavilion today (May 23). Pippi Longstocking (Swedish Pippi Långstrump), a fictional character in a series of children’s books, has become one of World’s loved characters to children.

Sweden is best known as a country of conservationist. And the Sweden Pavilion at the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea is designed to give prominence to the timeless theme of environment. At the Yeosu Expo, the Sweden Pavilion showcases how the nation’s spirit of conservationist helps to solve environmental issues and improve living standards. The main theme of the pavilion shows the interaction between human and ocean.

The pavilion is divided into four sections; first section represents ‘who we are,’ second section shows ‘where we live,’ third section depicts ‘what we do,’ and the last section reflects ‘living ocean and coast’ which is main theme of Yeosu Expo. For many years, Sweden has been committed to sustainable development; The Sweden Pavilion aims to introduce the country’s outstanding performance in protection of the environment especially for ocean.