Slovenia’s Expo 2015 pavilion goes to Murska Sobota

Published: 8.8.2016

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Slovenia’s Expo 2015 pavilion goes to Murska Sobota

The pavilion that represented Slovenia at the Expo 2015 show in Milan was handed over to the municipality of Murska Sobota. From now on the pavilion will carry the name Vrata v Pomurje (Door to Pomurje), and it will stand on the field between Sobota Lake and the motorway.

Slovenia’s Expo 2015 pavilion goes to Murska Sobota

The pavilion that represented Slovenia at the Expo 2015 show in Milan was handed over to the municipality of Murska Sobota by the Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, and the Economy Minister, Zdravko Počivalšek, at a ceremony organised on the occasion of their visit to Pomurje. From now on the pavilion will carry the name Vrata v Pomurje (Door to Pomurje), and it will stand on the field between Sobota Lake and the motorway, attracting tourists and other visitors to Pomurje.

The government of Slovenia decided to locate Slovenia’s Expo 2015 pavilion in Murska Sobota, in the north-east part of the country, as part of the Door to Slovenia - Door to Pomurje project, aimed at boosting business and tourism in the Pomurje region and making it more visible to foreign investors and tourists. The municipality of Murska Sobota won the pavilion against competition from the towns of Ptuj, Zagorje ob Savi, Kočevje and Ajdovščina, after a call for applications was published in the spring.

The pavilion will promote Slovenia as a green, active and healthy destination by focusing on its main industries, important local companies and their products. It will also serve as an exhibition space for local artists and a restaurant, offering local specialties.

Slovenia’s Expo 2015 pavilion, designed by SoNo Architects and constructed by Lumar IG, is made mostly of wood and glass and is meant to represent the Slovenian landscape. Its futuristic shape highlights the country’s rich forest resources. "Expo 2015 was a big success for Slovenia, because we surpassed all expectations with this pavilion. It was a story of success," commented the Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, at the ceremony. During Expo 2015 in Milan, more than one million people visited the pavilion, and it was seen by more than 20 million people.

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