Over 150,000 people visited Latvia's pavilion at EXPO 2017

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More than 150,000 people visited Latvia's pavilion at the 'EXPO 2017' event in Astana, the organizers said September 10. The country was also awarded a bronze medal in design among similar-sized pavilions. 

"There was great interest into our pavilion. If we look at the numbers... it's more than 150,000 people. We were counting on some 90,000 or 100,000 at the start," Ansis Egle, who oversaw the Latvian exhibition, told Latvian Radio.

"This is a breakthrough, comparing it to what we had ever had," he said.

At the closing ceremony, Latvia was also awarded a bronze award at the Exhibitory Design for smaller pavilions. The event was attended by notable industry people and officials from Latvia, including Jānis Endziņš, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Latvia's president Raimonds Vējonis.

The Republic of Slovakia received silver but Poland was awarded the gold medal in the same category. 

According to Egle, Latvia competed with 115 other countries for the award. The slogan of the Latvian pavilion was "Energy is in our nature." 

Handing awards to expositions became a tradition after the first 1861 expo at London but the practice was suspended in 1958 and renewed in 2005. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) awards countries' pavilions in two major categories, design and theme. These are further sub-divided according to size.

Look at pictures of Latvia's pavilion below. 

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