For the ship wrecked off the Australian coast in 1875, see SS Gothenburg
Gothenburg was founded as a heavily fortified, primarily Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter
in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus
. In addition to the generous privileges (e.g. tax relaxation) given to his Dutch allies from the then-ongoing Thirty Years' War
, the king also attracted significant numbers of his German
allies to populate his only town on the western coast. At a key strategic location at the mouth of the Göta älv
, where Scandinavia's largest drainage basin enters the sea, the Port of Gothenburg
is now the largest port in the Nordic countries.
The city hosts the Gothia Cup
, the world's largest youth football tournament, and the Göteborg Basketball Festival
, Europe's largest youth basketball tournament, alongside some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia. The Gothenburg Film Festival
, held in January since 1979, is the leading Scandinavian film festival with over 155,000 visitors each year.
In summer, a wide variety of music festivals are held in the city, including the popular Way Out West Festival
The city was named Göteborg in the city's charter in 1621
and simultaneously given the German and English name Gothenburg.
The Swedish name was given after the Göta älv
, called Göta River
and other cities ending in -borg
Both the Swedish and German/English names were in use before 1621 and had already been used for the previous city founded in 1604 that burned down in 1611.
Gothenburg is one of few Swedish cities to still have an official and widely used exonym
The city council of 1641 consisted of four Swedish, three Dutch, three German, and two Scottish members. In Dutch
, English, and German, all languages with a long history in this trade and maritime-oriented city, the name Gothenburg is or was (in the case of German) used for the city. Variations of the official German/English name Gothenburg in the city's 1621 charter existed or exist in many languages. The French form of the city name is Gothembourg
, but in French texts, the Swedish name Göteborg
is more frequent. "Gothenburg" can also be seen in some older English texts. In Spanish and Portuguese the city is called Gotemburgo. These traditional forms are sometimes replaced with the use of the Swedish Göteborg
, for example by The Göteborg Opera
and the Göteborg Ballet. However, Göteborgs universitet
, previously designated as the Göteborg University in English, changed its name to the University of Gothenburg
The Gothenburg municipality has also reverted to the use of the English name in international contexts.
In 2009, the city council launched a new logotype for Gothenburg. Since the name "Göteborg" contains the Swedish letter "ö", they planned to make the name more international and "up to date" by turning the "ö" sideways. As of 2015, the name is spelled "Go:teborg" on a large number of signs in the city.
In the early modern period
, the configuration of Sweden's borders made Gothenburg strategically critical as the only Swedish gateway to Skagerrak
, the North Sea
, situated on the west coast in a very narrow strip of Swedish territory between Danish Halland
in the south and Norwegian Bohuslän
in the north. After several failed attempts, Gothenburg was successfully founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus
(Gustaf II Adolf).
The site of the first church built in Gothenburg, subsequently destroyed by Danish invaders, is marked by a stone near the north end of the Älvsborg Bridge
in the Färjenäs Park
. The church was built in 1603 and destroyed in 1611.
The city was heavily influenced by the Dutch, Germans, and Scots, and Dutch planners and engineers were contracted to construct the city as they had the skills needed to drain and build in the marshy areas chosen for the city. The town was designed like Dutch cities such as Amsterdam
) and New Amsterdam
The planning of the streets and canals of Gothenburg closely resembled that of Jakarta, which was built by the Dutch around the same time.
The Dutchmen initially won political power, and it was not until 1652, when the last Dutch politician in the city's council died, that Swedes acquired political power over Gothenburg.
During the Dutch period, the town followed Dutch town laws and Dutch was proposed as the official language in the town. Robust city walls were built during the 17th century. In 1807, a decision was made to tear down most of the city's wall. The work started in 1810 and was carried out by 150 soldiers from the Bohus regiment.
Along with the Dutch, the town also was heavily influenced by Scots who settled down in Gothenburg. Many became people of high-profile. William Chalmers
, the son of a Scottish immigrant, donated his fortunes to set up what later became the Chalmers University of Technology
In 1841, the Scotsman Alexander Keiller
founded the Götaverken
shipbuilding company that was in business until 1989.
His son James Keiller donated Keiller Park to the city in 1906.
In the Treaty of Roskilde
ceded the then Danish province Halland, in the south, and the Norwegian province of Bohus County or Bohuslän
in the north, leaving Gothenburg less exposed. Gothenburg was able to grow into a significant port and trade centre on the west coast, because it was the only city on the west coast that, along with Marstrand
, was granted the rights to trade with merchants from other countries.
In the 18th century, fishing was the most important industry. However, in 1731, the Swedish East India Company
was founded, and the city flourished due to its foreign trade with highly profitable commercial expeditions to China.
The harbour developed into Sweden's main harbour for trade towards the west, and when Swedish emigration to the United States increased, Gothenburg became Sweden's main point of departure for these travellers. The impact of Gothenburg as a main port of embarkation for Swedish emigrants is reflected by Gothenburg, Nebraska
, a small Swedish settlement in the United States.
With the 19th century, Gothenburg evolved into a modern industrial city that continued on into the 20th century. The population increased tenfold in the century, from 13,000 (1800) to 130,000 (1900).
In the 20th century, major companies that developed included SKF
Panoramic view of Gothenburg's downtown coast line
View from Älvsborg Bridge
Satellite picture of Gothenburg
Gothenburg is located on the west coast, in southwestern Sweden, about halfway between the capitals Copenhagen
, Denmark, and Oslo
, Norway. The location at the mouth of the Göta älv, which feeds into Kattegatt
, an arm of the North Sea, has helped the city grow in significance as a trading city
. The archipelago of Gothenburg
consists of rough, barren rocks and cliffs, which also is typical for the coast of Bohuslän.
Due to the Gulf Stream
, the city has a mild climate and moderately heavy precipitation.
It is the second-largest city in Sweden
after the capital Stockholm
The Gothenburg Metropolitan Area (Stor-Göteborg
) has 982,360 inhabitants and extends to the municipalities of Ale
, Göteborg, Härryda
, Lilla Edet
within Västra Götaland County
, and Kungsbacka
within Halland County
, a suburb outside Gothenburg, consists of Hjällbo, Eriksbo, Rannebergen, Hammarkullen, Gårdsten, and Lövgärdet.
It is a Million Programme
part of Gothenburg, like Rosengård
in Malmö and Botkyrka
Angered had about 50,000 inhabitants in 2015.[?]
It lies north of Gothenburg and is isolated from the rest of the city. Bergsjön
is another Million Programme suburb north of Gothenburg, it has 14,000 inhabitants. Biskopsgården is the biggest multicultural suburb on the island of Hisingen
, which is a part of Gothenburg but separated from the city by the river.
Gothenburg has an oceanic
climate according to the Köppen climate classification
. Despite its northerly latitude, temperatures are quite mild throughout the year and warmer than places at a similar latitude like Stockholm
, this is mainly because of the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream
During the summer, daylight extends 18 hours and 5 minutes, but lasts 6 hours and 32 minutes in late December. The climate has become significantly milder in later decades, particularly in summer and winter; July temperatures used to be below Stockholm's 1961–1990 averages, but have since been warmer than that benchmark.
Summers are warm and pleasant with average high temperatures of 20 to 22 °C (68 to 72 °F) and lows of 12 to 15 °C (54 to 59 °F), but temperatures of 25–30 °C (77–86 °F) occur on many days during the summer. Winters are cold and windy with temperatures of around −1 to 4 °C (30 to 39 °F), though it rarely drops below −20 °C (−4 °F). Precipitation is regular but generally moderate throughout the year. Snow mainly occurs from December to March, but is not unusual in November and April and can sometimes occur even in October and May.
Parks and nature
The Gothenburg Botanical Garden
Gothenburg has several parks and nature reserves
ranging in size from tens of square metres to hundreds of hectares. It also has many green areas that are not designated as parks or reserves.
Selection of parks:
- Kungsparken, 13 ha (32 acres), built between 1839 and 1861, surrounds the canal that circles the city centre.
- Garden Society of Gothenburg, a park and horticultural garden, is located next to Kungsportsavenyen. Founded in 1842 by the Swedish king Carl XIV Johan and on initiative of the amateur botanist Henric Elof von Normann, the park has a noted rose garden with some 4,000 roses of 1,900 cultivars.
- Slottsskogen, 137 ha (340 acres), was created in 1874 by August Kobb. It has a free "open" zoo that includes harbor seals, penguins, horses, pigs, deer, moose, goats, and many birds. The Natural History Museum (Naturhistoriska Museet) and the city's oldest observatory are located in the park. The annual Way Out West festival is held in the park.
- Änggårdsbergens naturreservat, 320 ha (790 acres), was bought in 1840 by pharmacist Arvid Gren, and donated in 1963 to the city by Sven and Carl Gren Broberg, who stated the area must remain a nature and bird reserve. It lies partly in Mölndal.
- Delsjöområdets naturreservat, about 760 ha (1,900 acres), has been in use since the 17th century as a farming area; significant forest management was carried out in the late 19th century. Skatås gym and motionscentrum is situated here.
- Rya Skogs Naturreservat, 17 ha (42 acres), became a protected area in 1928. It contains remnants of a defensive wall built in the mid- to late-17th century.
- Keillers park was donated by James Keiller in 1906. He was the son of Scottish Alexander Keiller, who founded the Götaverken shipbuilding company.
- S A Hedlunds park: Sven Adolf Hedlund, newspaper publisher and politician, bought the 15 ha (37 acres) Bjurslätt farm in 1857, and in 1928 it was given to the city.
- Hisingsparken is Gothenburg's largest park.
- Flunsåsparken, built in 1950, has many free activities during the summer such as concerts and theatre.
- Gothenburg Botanical Garden, 175 ha (430 acres), opened in 1923. It won an award in 2003, and in 2006 was third in "The most beautiful garden in Europe" competition. It has around 16,000 species of plants and trees. The greenhouses contain around 4,500 species including 1,600 orchids. It is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in Europe with three stars in the French Guide Rouge.
Many buildings in the old part of the city were built along canals.
Very few houses are left from the 17th century when the city was founded, since all but the military and royal houses were built of wood.
A rare exception is the Skansen Kronan
The first major architecturally interesting period is the 18th century when the East India Company made Gothenburg an important trade city. Imposing stone houses in Neo-Classical
style were erected around the canals. One example from this period is the East India House, which today houses the Göteborg City Museum
In the 19th century, the wealthy bourgeoisie began to move outside the city walls which had protected the city. The style now was an eclectic, academic, somewhat overdecorated style which the middle-class favoured. The working class lived in the overcrowded city district Haga
in wooden houses.
In the 19th century, the first comprehensive town plan after the founding of city was created, which led to the construction of the main street, Kungsportsavenyen.
Perhaps the most significant type of houses of the city, Landshövdingehusen
, were built in the end of the 19th century – three-storey houses with the first floor in stone and the other two in wood.
After this, the predominant style in Gothenburg and rest of Sweden was Functionalism
which especially dominated the suburbs such as Västra Frölunda
and Bergsjön. The Swedish functionalist architect Uno Åhrén
served as city planner from 1932 through 1943.
In the 1950s, the big stadium Ullevi
was built when Sweden hosted the 1958 FIFA World Cup
Gustaf Adolf Square
is a town square located in central Gothenburg. Noted buildings on the square include Gothenburg City Hall (formerly the stock exchange, opened in 1849) and the Nordic Classicism
law court. The main canal of Gothenburg also flanks the square.
The Gothenburg Central Station
is in the centre of the city, next to Nordstan and Drottningtorget.
The building has been renovated and expanded numerous times since the grand opening in October 1858. In 2003, a major reconstruction was finished which brought the 19th-century building into the 21st century expanding the capacity for trains, travellers, and shopping.
Not far from the central station is the Skanskaskrapan
, or more commonly known as "The Lipstick". It is 86 m (282 ft) high with 22 floors and coloured in red-white stripes. The skyscraper was designed by Ralph Erskine
and built by Skanska
in the late 1980s as the headquarters for the company.
By the shore of the Göta Älv at Lilla Bommen
is The Göteborg Opera. It was completed in 1994. The architect Jan Izikowitz was inspired by the landscape and described his vision as "Something that makes your mind float over the squiggling landscape like the wings of a seagull."
, or Fiskhallen
, is an indoor fishmarket by the Rosenlundskanalen in central Gothenburg. Feskekörkan was opened on 1 November 1874 and its name from the building's resemblance to a Gothic
The Gothenburg city hall
is in the Beaux-Arts
architectural style. The Gothenburg Synagogue
at Stora Nygatan, near Drottningtorget, was built in 1855 according to the designs of the German architect August Krüger.
The Gunnebo House
is a country house located to the south of Gothenburg, in Mölndal. It was built in a neoclassical architecture towards the end of the 18th century.
Created in the early 1900s was the Vasa Church
. It is located in Vasastan
and is built of granite in a neo-Romanesque style.
The Poseidon Statue at Götaplatsen, a well-known cultural symbol and landmark
The sea, trade, and industrial history of the city are evident in the cultural life of Gothenburg. It is also a popular destination for tourists on the Swedish west coast.
Many of the cultural institutions, as well as hospitals and the university, were created by donations from rich merchants and industrialists, for example the Röhsska Museum
On 29 December 2004, the Museum of World Culture
opened near Korsvägen
Museums include the Gothenburg Museum of Art
, and several museums of sea and navigation history, natural history, the sciences, and East India.Aeroseum
, close to the Göteborg City Airport, is an aircraft museum in a former military underground air force base.
The Volvo museum
has exhibits of the history of Volvo and the development from 1927 until today. Products shown include cars, trucks, marine engines, and buses.
is a public science centre that opened in 2001, the largest of its kind in Scandinavia. It is divided into six sections, each containing experimental workshops and a collection of reptiles, fish, and insects.
Universeum occasionally host debates between Swedish secondary-school students and Nobel Prize laureates
or other scholars.
Leisure and entertainment
Liseberg amusement park
The most noted attraction is the amusement park Liseberg
, located in the central part of the city. It is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia by number of rides,
and was chosen as one of the top ten amusement parks in the world (2005) by Forbes
It is the most popular attraction in Sweden by number of visitors per year (more than 3 million).
The main boulevard is called Kungsportsavenyn (commonly known as Avenyn
, "The Avenue"). It is about 1 km (0.6 mi) long and starts at Götaplatsen – which is the location of the Gothenburg Museum of Art
, the city's theatre, and the city library, as well as the concert hall – and stretches all the way to Kungsportsplatsen
in the old city centre of Gothenburg, crossing a canal and a small park.
was created in the 1860s and 1870s as a result of an international architecture contest, and is the product of a period of extensive town planning and remodelling. Avenyn
has Gothenburg's highest concentration of pubs and clubs. Gothenburg's largest shopping centre (8th largest in Sweden), Nordstan
, is located in central Gothenburg.
The Haga district
district is known for its picturesque wooden houses
and its cafés serving the well-known Haga bulle
– a large cinnamon roll similar to the kanelbulle
Five Gothenburg restaurants have a star in the 2008 Michelin Guide
: 28 +, Basement, Fond, Kock & Vin, Fiskekrogen, and Sjömagasinet.
The city has a number of star chefs – over the past decade, seven of the Swedish Chef of the Year awards have been won by people from Gothenburg.
Festivals and fairs
The International Science Festival in Gothenburg
is an annual festival since April 1997, in central Gothenburg with thought-provoking science activities for the public. The festival is visited by about 100,000 people each year.
This makes it the largest popular-science event in Sweden
and one of the leading popular-science events in Europe.
Entrance to the Way Out West Festival
Bands such as The Soundtrack of Our Lives
and Ace of Base
are well-known pop representatives of the city. During the 1970s, Gothenburg had strong roots in the Swedish progressive movement (progg
) with such groups as Nationalteatern
, Nynningen, and Motvind. The record company Nacksving and the editorial office for the magazine Musikens Makt which also were part of the progg movement were located in Gothenburg during this time as well.
There is also an active indie scene in Gothenburg. For example, the musician Jens Lekman
was born in the suburb of Angered
and named his 2007 release Night Falls Over Kortedala
after another suburb, Kortedala
Other internationally acclaimed indie artists include the electro pop duos Studio
, The Knife
, Air France
, The Tough Alliance
indie rock band Love is All
, songwriter José González
and pop singer El Perro del Mar
as well as genre-bending quartet Little Dragon
fronted by vocalist Yukimi Nagano
Another son of the city is one of Sweden's most popular singers, Håkan Hellström
, who often includes many places from the city in his songs.
The glam rock
derives from Gothenburg.
Many music festivals take place in the city every year. The Metaltown Festival
is a two-day festival featuring heavy metal music
bands, held in Gothenburg. It has been arranged annually since 2004, taking place at the Frihamnen venue.
In June 2012, the festival included bands such as In Flames, Marilyn Manson
, Lamb of God
, and Mastodon
Another popular festival, Way Out West, focuses more on rock
, and hip-hop
Fireworks at the opening ceremony of Gothia Cup
Gothenburg is the birthplace of football in Sweden
as the first football match in Sweden
was played there in 1892.
The city's three major football clubs, IFK Göteborg
, Örgryte IS
, and GAIS
share a total of 34 Swedish championships between them.
IFK has also won the UEFA Cup
Other notable clubs include BK Häcken
(football), Göteborg HC
(women's ice hockey), Pixbo Wallenstam IBK
multiple national handball champion Redbergslids IK
and four-time national ice hockey champion Frölunda HC
Gothenburg had a professional basketball team, Gothia Basket
, until 2010 when it ceased.
department of GAIS, GAIS Bandy
, played the first season in the highest division Elitserien
last season. The group stage match between the main rivals Sweden
in the 2013 Bandy World Championship
was played at Arena Heden
in central Gothenburg.
The only Swedish heavyweight champion of the world in boxing, Ingemar Johansson
, who took the title from Floyd Paterson in 1959, was from Gothenburg.
Boats at Saltholmen in the Gothenburg archipelago
Gothenburg has hosted a number of international sporting events including the 1958 FIFA World Cup
the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
preseason game on 14 August 1988 between the Chicago Bears
and the Minnesota Vikings
the 1992 European Football Championship
, the 1993
and the 2002 World Men's Handball Championship
the 1995 World Championships in Athletics
the 1997 World Championships in Swimming (short track),
the 2002 Ice Hockey World Championships
the 2004 UEFA Cup final,
the 2006 European Championships in Athletics
and the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships
Annual events held in the city are the Gothia Cup
and the Göteborgsvarvet
The annual Gothia Cup
, is the world's largest football tournament with regards to the number of participants: in 2011, a total of 35,200 players from 1,567 teams and 72 nations participated.
Gothenburg hosted the XIII FINA World Masters Championships
Diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and open-water competitions were held on 28 July to 7 August. The water polo events were played on the neighboring city of Borås
Gothenburg is also home to the Gothenburg Sharks, a professional baseball team in the Elitserien
division of baseball in Sweden.
With around 25,000 sailboats and yachts scattered about the city, sailing is a popular sports activity in the region, particularly because of the nearby Gothenburg archipelago.
In June 2015, the Volvo Ocean Race
, professional sailing's leading crewed offshore race, concluded in Gothenburg,
as well as an event in the 2015–2016 America's Cup World Series
in August 2015.
SKF Wingquist self-aligning bearing
Due to Gothenburg's advantageous location in the centre of Scandinavia, trade and shipping have always played a major role in the city's economic history, and they continue to do so. Gothenburg port has come to be the largest harbour in Scandinavia
Apart from trade, the second pillar of Gothenburg has traditionally been manufacturing and industry, which significantly contributes to the city's wealth.
Major companies operating plants in the area include SKF, Volvo (both cars and trucks), and Ericsson
. Volvo Cars
is the largest employer in Gothenburg, not including jobs in supply companies. The blue-collar industries which have dominated the city for long are still important factors in the city's economy, but they are being gradually replaced by high-tech industries.
Banking and finance are also important, as well as the event and tourist industry.
Gothenburg is the terminus of the Valdemar-Göteborg gas pipeline
, which brings natural gas from the North Sea fields to Sweden, through Denmark.
Gothenburg became a city municipality with an elected city council when the first Swedish local government acts were implemented in 1863.
The municipality has an assembly consisting of 81 members,
elected every fourth year.
Political decisions depend on citizens considering them legitimate. Political legitimacy can be based on various factors: legality, due process, and equality before the law, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of public policy. One method used to achieve greater legitimacy for controversial policy reforms such as congestion charges is to allow citizens to decide or advise on the issue in public referendums. In December 2010 a petition for a local referendum on the congestion tax, signed by 28,000 citizens, was submitted to the City Council. This right to submit so-called “people's initiatives” was inscribed in the Local Government Act, which obliged local governments to hold a local referendum if petitioned by 5% of the citizens unless the issue was deemed to be outside their area of jurisdiction or if a majority in the City Council voted against holding such a referendum.
A second petition for a referendum, signed by 57,000 citizens, was submitted to the local government in February 2013. This petition followed a campaign organised by a local newspaper – Göteborgs Tidningen – whose editor-in-chief argued that the paper's involvement was justified by the large public response to a series of articles on the congestion tax, as well as out of concern for the local democracy.
Proportion of foreign born
In 2019, approximately 28% (159,342 residents) of the population of Gothenburg were foreign born and approximately 46% (265,019 residents) had at least one parent born abroad.
In addition, approximately 12% (69,263 residents) were foreign citizens.
In 2016, 45% of Gothenburg's immigrant population is from other parts of Europe, and 10% of the total population is from another Nordic country.
Gothenburg has two universities, both of which started as colleges founded by private donations in the 19th century. The University of Gothenburg
has about 38,000 students and is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia,
and one of the most versatile in Sweden. Chalmers University of Technology
is a well-known university located in Johanneberg 2 km (1 mi) south of the inner city, lately also established at Lindholmen in Norra Älvstranden, Hisingen.
In 2015, there were ten adult education centres
in Gothenburg: Agnesbergs folkhögskola
, Arbetarrörelsens folkhögskola i Göteborg
, Finska folkhögskolan
, Folkhögskolan i Angered
, Göteborgs folkhögskola
, Mo Gård folkhögskola
, S:ta Birgittas folkhögskola
, Västra Götalands folkhögskolor
and Wendelsbergs folkhögskola
There are two folkhögskola that teach fine arts: Domen and Goteborg Folkhögskola.
With over 90 km (56 mi) of double track, the Gothenburg tram network
covers most of the city and is the largest tram
network in Scandinavia. Gothenburg also has a bus network. Boat and ferry
services connect the Gothenburg archipelago
to the mainland. The lack of a subway
is due to the soft ground on which Gothenburg is situated. Tunneling is very expensive in such conditions.
The Gothenburg commuter rail
with three lines services some nearby cities and towns.
Rail and intercity bus
Platforms at Gothenburg bus station.
Other major transportation hubs are Centralstationen
(Gothenburg Central Station) and the Nils Ericson Terminal
with trains and buses to various destinations in Sweden, as well as connections to Oslo and Copenhagen (via Malmö
Map showing the locations of airports around Gothenburg
The airport is operated by Swedish national airport operator Swedavia
, and with 6.8 million passengers served in 2017, it is Sweden's second-largest airport after Stockholm Arlanda
It serves as a base for several domestic and international airlines, e.g. Scandinavian Airlines
, Norwegian Air Shuttle
. Göteborg Landvetter, however, does not serve as a hub for any airline. In total, there are about 50 destinations with scheduled direct flights to and from Gothenburg, most of them European. An additional 40 destinations are served via charter.
The second airport in the area, Göteborg City Airport
), is closed. On 13 January 2015, Swedish airport operator Swedavia
announced that Göteborg City Airport will not reopen for commercial services following an extensive rebuild of the airport started in November 2014, citing that the cost of making the airport viable for commercial operations again was too high, at 250 million kronor ($31 million). Commercial operations will be gradually wound down.
The airport was located 10 km (6 mi) northwest of the city centre. It was formerly known as Säve Flygplats.
It is located within the borders of Gothenburg Municipality
. In addition to commercial airlines, the airport was also operated by a number of rescue services, including the Swedish Coast Guard, and was used for other general aviation
Most civil air traffic to Göteborg City Airport was via low-cost airlines
such as Ryanair
and Wizz Air
. Those companies have now been relocated to Landvetter Airport.
The "England ferry" (Englandsfärjan
) to Newcastle via Kristiansand
(run by the Danish company DFDS Seaways
) ceased at the end of October 2006,
after being a Gothenburg institution since the 19th century.
DFDS Seaways' sister company, DFDS Tor Line, continues to run scheduled cargo
ships between Gothenburg and several English ports, and these used to have limited capacity for passengers and their private vehicles. Also freight ships to North America and East Asia leave from the port.
Gothenburg is an intermodal logistics hub and Gothenburg harbour has access to Sweden and Norway via rail and trucks. Gothenburg harbour is the largest port in Scandinavia with a cargo turnover of 36.9 million tonnes per year in 2004.
Kal and Ada at Liseberg
Two of the noted people from Gothenburg are fictional, but have become synonymous with "people from Gothenburg". They are a working class couple called Kal and Ada, featured in "Gothenburg jokes" (göteborgsvitsar
), songs, plays and names of events.
Each year two persons who have significantly contributed to culture in the city are given the honorary titles of "Kal and Ada".
A bronze statue of the couple made by Svenrobert Lundquist, was placed outside the entrance to Liseberg in 1995.
Some of the noted people from Gothenburg are Academy Award Winning actress Alicia Vikander
, cookbook author Sofia von Porat
, footballer Gunnar Gren
, artist Evert Taube
, golfer Helen Alfredsson
, industrialist Victor Hasselblad
, singer-songwriter Björn Ulvaeus
, diplomat Jan Eliasson
, British Open Winner and professional golfer Henrik Stenson
, YouTuber PewDiePie
), the most subscribed-to individual on the platform, with over 100 million subscribers 
and YouTuber RoomieOfficial
Gothenburg has performed well in international rankings, some of which are mentioned below: The Global Destination Sustainability Index has named Gothenburg the world's most sustainable destination every year since 2016.
In 2019 Gothenburg was selected by the EU as one of the top 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism.
In 2020 Business Region Göteborg received the 'European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2020' (EER Award 2020) from the EU.
The Gothenburg Award is the city's international prize that recognises and supports work to achieve sustainable development – in the Gothenburg region and from a global perspective.
The award, which is one million Swedish crowns, is administrated and funded by a coalition of the City of Gothenburg and 12 companies.
Past winners of the award have included Kofi Annan
, Al Gore
, and Michael Biddle.
Twin towns and sister cities
- Oslo, Norway
- Aarhus, Denmark, 1946
- Chicago, United States
- Turku, Finland, 1946
- Tallinn, Estonia
- St. Petersburg, Russia, 1962
- Bergen, Norway, 1946
- Kraków, Poland, 1990
- Rostock, Germany, 1965
- Badalona, Spain 1990
- Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (Port Elizabeth), South Africa
(France) there is no formal partnership, but "a joint willingness to cooperate".
Gothenburg had signed an agreement with Shanghai
in 1986 which was upgraded in 2003 to include exchanges in culture, economics, trade and sport. The agreement was allowed to lapse in 2020.
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