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Albania. Between yesterday and tomorrow, boldly

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A small but precious gem, set in one of the most suggestive and hidden corners of the continent: Albania embraces Europe, offering its natural beauty, its gastronomic specialities, its history and its popular traditions.

For anyone curious to explore it, Albania offers itself generously to visitors, revealing fine mountain landscapes, hilly areas, lakes, woodlands, fields of olive trees, crystalline sea and Mediterranean vegetation. Dominated by Illyrians, Romans and Greeks, this land his always fought to defend its freedom and its traditions.
 
Rich culinary traditions, full of flavor: varied and convivial
The gastronomic traditions of this land reflect the richness and variety of its history: influenced by both Greek and Turkish cooking, Albanian dishes feature simple and genuine ingredients and bold uncomplicated flavors. One of the most popular dishes is Dromesat, related to both pasta and polenta, made from flour lumps and tasting strongly of oregano, or also Rashkatjel, a long pasta similar to bucatini, or Byreh, a kind of bun made with lard or melted butter, flour and water. In Albania food is synonymous with pleasure, culture, conviviality and hospitality, the latter being considered a sacred value. The Albanese say “My house belongs to my guest”, and hospitality has always been connected with the idea of food.
 
Albania at Expo Milano 2015: food, history and mystery
The Albanian Pavilion of hearth and home in the Universal Exposition is intended to be a space for dialogue and exchange on development and growth, following the need to identify consumers’ new needs and the best productive processes, with the aim of constructing an international network of opportunities for tourism and investments.
 

Indonesia: where the rainforest meets the ocean

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An archipelago of 17,000 islands scattered between two oceans (Pacific and Indian) and two continents. Its tropical fauna has species with Asian origins and those with Australian origins, divided by the Wallace Line. With its marine waters lying at the heart of the "Coral Triangle" the country boasts a rich marine biodiversity. All this wealth can be found in Indonesia.

Palestine. Where the oil is not only good but also good for you

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Palestinians know what a precious resource water is. And its land is home to one of the most generous of all trees: the olive tree. Palestine’s National Day in Expo Milano 2015 is on September 19.

Palestine is a Middle Eastern country whose climate reflects its position between the Mediterranean Sea and the desert. Part of its territory enjoys a mild and temperate climate with typical Mediterranean temperatures, and the other part is dry, with scarce rainfall concentrated in short periods of the year.
 
The olive tree: symbol and tradition
Palestine is well represented by the olive tree, both from an agricultural and social viewpoint: a strong and resilient tree, stubborn enough to survive drought. Olives and their oil are extremely important products for this region and comprise a vital sector for the Palestinian economy: roughly 100,000 families depend on the olive sector, which is responsible for 14 percent of the total economy. Present in these lands for thousands of years, the olive tree is a symbol of Palestine’s history. It is also a powerful symbol of peace.
 
Water, an increasingly precious resource
Now that olive oil has been identified as a fundamental product for those who wish to follow a healthy diet, Palestinian olive oil – regarded as having one of highest qualities in the world – has reinforced its position on the international market. Visitors to the Palestinian Pavilion, in the Arid Zones Cluster in Expo Milano 2015, will be able to discover and appreciate the traditions, culture, products and hospitality of the Palestinian people, and find out about its traditional agricultural methods and its ways of conserving the most precious and vital resource of all: water. 
 

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