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Pavilion of Switzerland

The irregular cubic form of the Swiss Pavilion brings an air of originality, simplicity and intimacy.

Beside the Lac des Cygnes, on Ile Sainte-Hélène, it is close to Métro and Expo-Express stations.

It has two main levels, the ground floor faced entirely in glass and the upper floor in red cedar wood. The building is air-conditioned, with escalators.

Most visitors will look first at an exhibit on geography. There they find how it is possible to achieve a high standard of living in spite of the lack of raw materials. A series of exhibits describe Switzerland's political and social structure as well as its role in the world. A 500-seat cinema features a 20-minute film program using new techniques.

The industrial section shows various forms of generating electrical energy (including nuclear), advance of the Swiss chemical industry particularly in the pharmaceutical field, and a superlatively staged tableau representing textile and garment industries.

The watch industry tells of research and shows its finest work. An electronic time centre piloted by a cesium activated atomic clock is accurate to a millionth of a second per day.

Famed for hospitality, Switzerland offers fine foods and wines in four restaurant halls, each representing one of Switzerland's characteristic regions.

Click here to see a map of the Switzerland floor plan.