Inside, several exhibits focus on the country's recent history,
ways of life, agriculture, main industries such as mining
and hydroelectricity, and technological advances. Atomic energy
holds a place of honour with its various peaceful applications.
Hailed in the past as a sort of energy panacea, the future
proved that it was not the ideal solution to the energy crisis.
The conquest of space occupies a particularly important place
not only in the collective imagination of people in the 1960s
but also in the USSR pavilion. Visitors are thrilled by the
display of a replica of the Vostok, the
man-made satellite that carried Yuri Gagarin, the first person
into space in 1961, and by the prototypes of other satellites.
A cinema shows films about the citizens of the various regions
of the country. Visitors can also enjoy dances and songs presented
in an area designed for performances. The largest restaurant
at Expo seats 1,100 guests and serves regional specialties
of the USSR, thus enabling visitors to continue exploring
their northern neighbour while enjoying good food.