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Estonia celebrates National Pavilion Day at Expo

10-19-2010 09:04 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Estonia is a small European country bordering the Baltic Sea. Both its language and culture bear a resemblance to its neighboring country, Finland. But that doesn't mean its pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo is short of distinction and novelty.

Estonia Pavilion invites you to let your voice be heard on urbanization-related topics. Large and colorful piggy banks are dotted around the pavilion. But what are these cute critters doing here?

Toomas Tiivel, commissioner general of Estonia Pavilion, said, "We had a contest soliciting the best concept for the design of Estonia Pavilion. The idea of 'Saving For Tomorrow' finally won out. We like it as a befitting interpretation for the theme of this year's expo."

On the back of each of these piggy banks, there is a topic concerning the urban development. Visitors are encouraged to think about these topics, write down their opinions and put them into the banks.

Estonia celebrates National Pavilion Day at Expo

According to the pavilion staff, clean water protection, an improved healthcare system, and more equitable wealth distribution are among the topics of most concern.

The most fortunate participants will be rewarded with a free trip to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia.

At first glance, Tallinn seems more like a dollhouse built in the Middle-Ages. And it's no wonder; the city has also inspired some of the world's most fascinating fairytales.

A key event celebrating Estonia Pavilion Day is the official release of the Chinese version of "Estonian Fairytale."

So what can visitors expect to read from the fairytales?

Gao Jingyi, interpreter of "Estonian Fairtale", said, "Told in unsophisticated language, Estonian fairytales usually extol the bright side of humanity such as virtuousness and tolerance. At the end of the story, good people are always blessed by God while the greedy or lazy ones would end up with nothing."

Containing 17 pieces, "Estonian Fairytale" is the first Estonian book to be translated into Chinese. We can bet there will be more to follow.

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