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Milan Expo 2015 defies naysayers, proves unexpected success

Milan Expo closes its doors on Saturday after a highly successful run that defied those who predicted it would flop and debunking the stereotype view that Italians cannot queue. More than 20 million people have visited the world fair since it opened on May 1, when builders were still struggling to complete the 110 hectare (272-acre) site on the outskirts of Milan and naysayers had already dismissed it as a costly farce.

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Visitors queue outside the Poland pavilion at the Expo 2015 global fair in Milan, Italy. Milan Expo closes its doors on Saturday after a highly successful run that defied those who predicted it would flop.

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Cheerleaders and the marching band from the University of South California perform during the official opening of the USA pavilion, at the Expo 2015 world's fair in Milan, Italy.

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Crowds at the Brazil pavilion at the Expo 2015 global fair in Milan, Italy.

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People pay a visit to the Brazilian pavilion, at the Expo world's fair in Milan, Italy.

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Visitors line up outside the Equador pavilion at the Expo 2015 global fair in Milan, Italy.

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Woman cools off at the Czech Republic pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy.

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Visitors wait to enter the Thailand pavilion at the Expo 2015 global fair in Milan, Italy.

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A woman stands at the Great Britain pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy.

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Queen Letizia of Spain, center, arrives for a private visit at the Spanish pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy.

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The "Tree of Life," a 35-meter high installation, at the site of the Universal Exhibition at Expo 2015 global fair in Milan, Italy

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