First Accession: 17 Dec 1930 - 17 Mar 1941
Second Accession: 03 Dec 1971
Spain has been present at World Expos since the first – the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. Following in the footsteps of London, Paris and Vienna, the city of Barcelona organised its own World Expo in 1888, followed by a second one in 1929. As an active participant and organiser of Expos, Spain is a founding Member State of the BIE, signing the Paris Convention in 1928. Spanish involvement in Expos has continued ever since with active participation in both World and Specialised Expos. Spain successfully organised World Expo 1992 in Seville, as well as Specialised Expo 2008 in Zaragoza.
Expo 1888 Barcelona
Expo 1929 Barcelona
Expo 1992 Seville
Expo 2008 Zaragoza
Pavilion typeSelf-Built Pavilion
ThemePeople and Places
ThemeEnergy for the Planet
National Day17 Jul 2017
Ahead of the opening of Expo 2017 Astana, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) asks Fernando Benzo Sáinz, the National Commissioner of the Pavilion of Spain, about the country’s participation.
F. Benzo Sáinz: Under the theme “Spain. Energy for the Planet”, the Pavilion will seize the opportunity to showcase to the world, from a Spanish perspective, our singularities, contributions and strengths in the development of renewable energies.
The Spanish Exhibition will present the main renewable energy sources that are being developed and used in the country and will project the image of Spain as a country open to modernity, technologically advanced and deeply committed to the environment.
F. Benzo Sáinz: The Pavilion will bring attention to unique experiences based on the intense relationship with sources of renewable energies, energy efficiency technologies, universal access to energy and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The exhibition will showcase some of the most innovative renewable energy plants and projects in our country and abroad, as Spanish companies are leading some of the most important global renewable energy projects.
Spain is the country with the largest installed capacity of thermoelectric solar energy in the world and Europe’s second country in terms of wind power generation. This has only been possible because of the outstanding R&D&i efforts of Spanish companies.
Moreover, the Pavilion will showcase how Spain is contributing to the goals set in the United Nations Agenda of Sustainable Development at the Summit of Sustainable Development in Paris (September 2015) especially with regard universal access to energy and actions in the fight against climate change.
F. Benzo Sáinz: The Pavilion will showcase Spain as “the country of renewable energies” especially with regard to wind energy, photovoltaic and hydroelectric power and solar thermal energy. The emphasis will be on energy best practices that are taking place nowadays in Spain and abroad, such as the innovative system of integration of renewable energies in the national grid or projects leading to energy self-sufficiency of some isolated territories.
The content of the Pavilion will focus on the contributions and commitments of Spain in terms of research and development in renewable energy sources and technologies.
In sum, the Pavilion will project an optimistic message about the future, reflecting Spanish scientific and technological expertise in the energetic field, with the goal of becoming a Pavilion not only of ideas but also of values.
ThemeThe Language of Taste
Architect(s)Studio b720 Fermin Vázquez Arquitectos
National Day15 Jun 2015
LocationAtlantic Ocean Cluster
National Day25 Jul 2012
ThemeFrom the City of Our Parents to the City of Our Children
Architect(s)Ms Benedetta Tagliabue
AwardBronze - "Pavilion Design" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day30 Aug 2010
ThemeScience and Creativity
Architect(s)Mr Patxi Mangado
National Day24 Jun 2008
ThemeSharing the Art of Life
LocationGlobal Common 3
AwardSilver - "Design" Category - pavilions larger than 1296 m2
National Day25 Jul 2005
ThemeSpain: Familiarity and Solidarity
Architect(s)Antonio Cruz and Mr Antonio Ortiz
National Day19 Jul 2000