The first « universal and international » Expo in the modern sense of the term took place in 1851 in London, the world’s leading industrial power, which, with its vast empire had profited handsomely from free trade and the prosperity of the Victorian era. The Expo was an overwhelming success.

Every nation was invited to contribute to the exhibition, which constituted an inventory of all branches of human endeavour. Between then and the creation of the BIE in 1931 over 20 Expos took place around the world.

HISTORICAL EXPOS

  WORLD EXPO   WORLD EXPO
1851 LONDON – Great Britain 1897 BRUSSELS - Belgium
1855 PARIS - France  1990 PARIS - France
1862 LONDON – Great Britain 1904 SAINT LOUIS – USA
1867 PARIS - France 1905 LIEGE - Belgium
1873 VIENNA - Austria 1906 MILAN - Italy
1876 PHILADELPHIA – USA 1910 BRUSSELS - Belgium
1878 PARIS - France  1911 TURIN - Italy
1880 MELBOURNE - Australia 1913 GHENT - Belgium
1888 BARCELONA - Spain 1915 SAN FRANCISCO – USA
1889 PARIS - France 1929 BARCELONA - Spain
1893 CHICAGO – USA 1933 CHICAGO – USA 

 

World Expos are the largest and broadest among mega events :

  • Since 1996 they take place every 5 years and have duration of 6 months
  • Participants include countries, international organizations, NGOs, corporations and other institutions
  • The size of the site is unlimited and participants build their own pavilions. World Expos are also referred to as Universal Expos because the chosen theme concerns the whole of humanity
  • The official denomination in the BIE regulations is International Registered Exhibitions.

WORLD EXPOS SINCE 1931

  WORLD EXPO   WORLD EXPO
1835 BRUSSELS - Belgium 1967 MONTREAL – Canada
1937 PARIS - France  1970 OSAKA – Japan
1939 NEW YORK – USA 1992 SEVILLE – Spain
1949 PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti 2000 HANNOVER – Germany
1958 BRUSSELS – Belgium 2010 SHANGHAI – China
1962 SEATTLE – USA 2015 MILAN – Italy