regular World Expo's are among the largest events in the
World. They are regarded to be the third largest events -
after the Olympics Games and the World Cup in Football
The first World Expo took place
in Crystal Palace in London's Hyde Park in 1851. But not least
a row of World Exhibitions in Paris helped to create a
tradition of regular Expo's. Among the most famous was held in 1889
when the Eiffel Tower was build as entrance for the Expo.
There are two kinds of World
The World Registered Expo and
the International Recognized Expo
The large World Expo's are - as a general rule -
held every five years. The next registered World Expo will be
Shanghai 2010 in China. The theme for the Expo
in Shanghai will be: "Better city - Better life" and
will in many ways have focus on sustainable city development.
The next registered World Expo
after Shanghai will be held in Milano (Milan) in Italy in 2015 having the title
Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is not yet decided
which city will host Expo in 2020, but among others Copenhagen
has shown interest.
The International Expo's are
unlimited in size and are normally open for half a year. In
Shanghai 70 million visitors are expected to see the
The World Expo'92 in Sevilla
(Seville) in Spain had 42 million
visitors. The present record was the Osaka Expo in Japan in
1970 - visited by 64 million people.
Smaller are the International Recognized
Expo's. They are limited to a size of 25 hectares and are
normally open no longer than 3 months.
The latest registered World
Expo opened at the 14th of June 2008 in Zaragoza
Spain under the title: Water and Sustainable Development.
The next recognized Expo will be in 2012 in Yeosu in Korea
with the subject "The Living Ocean and Coast -
Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities".
Since 1928 the World Expo's
have been coordinated by BIE
- Bureau International des Expositions having more than
150 member states. The organization is located in Paris.