Serbia has been selected to host Expo World’s Fair 2027.
Addressing a special Serbian Parliament session, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said “votes from Paris just arrived” confirming the information.
“Spain was our competitor in the finals. In 2027, Serbia will be the centre of the world,” said Brnabic.
The official presentation of the city of Belgrade’s candidacy for the International Specialized EXPO 2027 exhibition was held in November last year at the 171st General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris, with the theme Play for Humanity – Sports and Music for All.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also confirmed the information.
„Fantastic news for the citizens of Serbia, we got 81 votes for the organization of EXPO 2027, we even beat the US, Minnesota, a huge success for Serbia since I saw how much effort the people in our team put in, we fought for every vote…. After 32 years, Serbia and Belgrade are getting EXPO,” said Vucic.
Serbia won the highest number of votes in all four rounds and was chosen over Spain in the last round.
It was one of the five candidates along with the United States of America, Thailand, Spain and Argentina.
During the vote, representatives of China supported and cheered for the Serbian delegation.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Serbia on Twitter.
“Thank you to all who supported the United States’ bid to host EXPO2027. We congratulate Serbia on their compelling bid and we look forward to showcasing an amazing pavilion in 2027,” Blinken wrote.
World Expos, officially known as International Registered Exhibitions, are a global gathering of nations dedicated to finding solutions to pressing challenges of our time by offering a journey within a universal theme through engaging and immersive activities. World Expos welcome tens of millions of visitors, allow countries to build extraordinary pavilions and transform the host city for years to come.
The first World Expo – the Great Exhibition – took place in London in 1851. The concept became popular and was repeated across the globe, demonstrating an unparalleled power of attraction and a record of world-class legacies. Since the BIE was created in 1928 to regulate and oversee these mega-events, World Expos have explicitly been organized around a theme that attempts to improve mankind’s knowledge, takes into account human and social aspirations and highlights scientific, technological, economic and social progress.