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Welcome to Gothenburg

Gothenburg is surrounded by rocky shorelines, deep forests, tranquil lakes and the rolling waves of the sea to the west. Welcome to Gothenburg!

This is Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a port city with a strategic location between Oslo and Copenhagen. It has an urban population of around 560 000 and is Sweden’s second largest city.

Gothenburg is surrounded by rocky shorelines, deep forests, tranquil lakes and the rolling waves of the sea to the west. Right on the doorstep are wide open spaces and magical islands. Four centuries ago, when the decision was taken to build a harbour city on the west coast, the ambition was to open up Sweden to the outside world. Building a city on Swedish marshland, perched between Norway and Denmark, was no easy undertaking, but with the help of the Dutch, English, Scots and Germans the vision was realised.

There is plenty going on in Gothenburg right now. The city is growing considerably and is preparing to make space for 150 000 new residents by the year 2035. A lot of people want to move here, from both the surrounding regions and abroad. New companies want to set up operations here. More and more tourists want to come and visit Gothenburg.

Sustainable city – open to the world

Making this development as sustainable as possible requires innovative ideas in many areas – from new traffic systems to smart energy solutions, and different types of affordable housing.

Gothenburg is a city that has always been ‘open to the world’. Throughout our history we have embraced people and influences from outside, and through the ages the city has been developed with ideas and knowledge from around the world.

The accessible city

Gothenburg is an open and accessible city. It offers almost everything you would expect of a cosmopolitan city – within walking distance. All you need is right in the city and you can get everywhere on foot – from the Central Station to your hotel, to the arenas, shops, restaurants and nightlife. But Gothenburg is not just close to everything – it is also easy to travel to. Both international airports are just 20 minutes from the city centre and you can get direct flights here from more than 65 European cities.

Today, Greater Gothenburg is home to 970 000 people from almost every country of the world. These are the people who give the city its soul, its pulse and its unique atmosphere. In Sweden, Gothenburgers have a reputation for their friendliness and hospitality, and many who visit the city for the first time can confirm just how welcoming it feels.

Visit Gothenburg on the Gothenburg Official Visitor Guide