February 06, 2023
On February 2, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs announced plans for Switzerland's initiatives at Expo 2025 Osaka-Kansai, which will be held from April 13 to October 13, 2025, and will showcase Switzerland's innovative power and sustainability in the lightest pavilion possible.
The Federal Assembly has already approved an expenditure of CHF 19.4 million (approx. CHF 2,754.8 million; 1 CHF = approx. 142 yen) for participation in the Expo in December 2022, and is expected to increase the net expenditure to CHF 13.2 million through sponsorships in the future.
Alexandre Edelmann, interim department head of Presence Switzerland, a public relations agency under the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, said, "Our participation in the Osaka-Kansai Expo is an important opportunity to show that Switzerland is an innovative and reliable partner and that we can work with other countries to address major global challenges.
The Expo will focus on three thematic areas: "Life" (life sciences, health, and nutrition), "Planet" (environment, sustainability, climate, and energy), and "Augmented Human" (robotics and artificial intelligence), with emphasis on positioning Switzerland as an efficient and leading innovation center. The emphasis will be on positioning Switzerland as an efficient and leading innovation center.
The Swiss Pavilion was also announced as a spherical architecture with five spheres embedded in a lush green landscape, and is expected to attract attention as the pavilion with the lowest environmental impact. The framework of the exhibition space is composed of a film supported by a lightweight structure, weighing less than 400 kilograms, only 1% of a conventional building, and can be transported by a few cargo bikes. The film is recyclable and will be transformed into design furniture after the Expo.
As a founding member of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Switzerland has participated in most international expositions held to date. The Federal Foreign Office also noted that the Swiss pavilion was one of the most popular and most visited national pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai (October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022).