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The Ocean Nation: Norwegian participation at Expo 2020 promises journey from deep sea to outer space

October 8, 2021
By The Explorer
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One year late, Expo 2020 Dubai opened its doors on 1 October. For Norway, this world exposition will be all about one thing: sustainable ocean solutions.

“The Norwegian pavilion showcases the latest in offshore wind, green shipping, ocean resource management, and much more” says Ole Johan Sandvær, Commissioner General for Norway at Expo 2020.

Alongside leading Norwegian businesses, Sandvær will oversee a six-month world expo in Dubai, culminating in a dedicated “Norway Day” on February 23rd, 2022.

“We believe that a blue ocean is essential for a green future,” says Sandvær.

Norwegian businesses at the Expo range from energy giant Equinor, with the world’s first subsea drone for transporting CO2 – to maritime specialist Rustibus’s Clean Ocean Initiative.

See also: Full list of Norwegian businesses at Expo 2020 Dubai

Ocean past and future

Since the Viking era, Norwegians have relied on the sea for food and commerce. Today, 70 per cent of the country’s revenues come from the ocean.

“As a country, Norway is six times more ocean than land. That’s why Norway’s history is a story of the sea,” says Commissioner Sandvær.

“We want to use Expo 2020 Dubai to tell the world that story – and the future of sustainable ocean management.”

At the Norwegian pavilion, visitors will be taken on a journey from beneath the seabed, to the ocean surface, and into space.

“The pavilion will highlight some of the most pressing environmental issues facing our oceans and showcase cutting-edge innovations that could help to overcome these challenges,” says Sandvær.

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How to follow

Located next to the “Opportunity Pavilion”, you can visit the Norwegian pavilion every day from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

You can also follow the Norwegian participation remotely via the Norway at Expo 2020 website, or LinkedIn page.

If you want to learn more about Norway at Expo 2020 Dubai or any of the Norwegian partner companies – you can contact programme manager Per Wiggen.

See also: The Norwegian government’s 2021 report “Blue Oceans, Green Future”