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Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg [jøːtə'bɔrj]) is a city and a municipality on the western coast of Sweden, in the County of Västra Götaland. With 478,055 inhabitants in the city and 816,931 in the metropolitan area it is the second largest city in Sweden after Stockholm and the seat of residence for the county.

Göteborgs stad
Seat Gothenburg
County Västra Götaland County
 - Total
Ranked 183rd
451 km²
 - Total (2003)
 - Density
Ranked 2nd



Main article: History of Gothenburg

In the early 17th century Sweden controlled only one point on the western coastline. An attempt in 1607 to found a city by the name of Gothenburg on the nearby island of Hisingen had failed due to the Kalmar War , but the second attempt in 1621, by King Gustavus Adolphus, was successful. Following the successive wars, by 1658 all the Danish eastern provinces were ceded to Sweden, by the Treaty of Roskilde.

In English, German and Dutch - languages with a long history of being spoken in the trade and maritime-oriented city - the name Gothenburg (with varying pronunciations) was traditionally used for the city, while the French form of the city name is Gothembourg. Without displacing these traditional forms, the use of the Swedish form Göteborg has in recent years spread to other languages.


Main article: Politics of Gothenburg

The municipality is subdivided into 21 boroughs, which carry responsibility for primary school, social, leisure and cultural services within their respective areas. A point of some controversy is the fact that the borough councils do not reflect the local majority, but follow the majority at City Hall for the entire municipality. In the election of 1998 three boroughs -- Askim, Torslanda and Älvsborg -- held local referenda on forming their own municipalities, but their petitions were rejected by the Government of Sweden.

  • Askim
  • Backa
  • Bergsjön
  • Biskopsgården
  • Centre
  • Frölunda
  • Gunnared
  • Härlanda
  • Högsbo
  • Kortedala
  • Kärra-Rödbo
  • Linnéstaden
  • Lundby
  • Lärjedalen
  • Majorna
  • Styrsö
  • Torslanda
  • Tuve-Säve
  • Tynnered
  • Älvsborg
  • Örgryte


Main article: Geography of Gothenburg

Situated on the western coast by Kattegat, an arm of the North Sea, at the outlet of the river Göta älv and Göta kanal. The Gothenburg Metropolitan Area (Stor-Göteborg) extends to the municipalities of Ale, Härryda, Kungälv, Lerum, Mölndal, Partille, Stenungsund, Tjörn, Öckerö in Västra Götaland County and Kungsbacka in Halland County.


Main article: Economy of Gothenburg

By its naturally advantageous location, Gothenburg houses the largest and most important harbor installation in Scandinavia. Trade and shipping have always been important businesses and already in the 18th century it was the home to the Swedish East India Company. Industry developed into an important business, and examples include SKF, Volvo and Ericsson.


Main article: Universities in Sweden


Main article: Heraldry of Gothenburg

Sites of interest

Gothenburg has a wide selection of cultural establishments, including theatres and museums. A new opera house was inaugurated in 1994. Museums include art, design and handicrafts, sea history, natural history, science, East India, etc. and a new museum on world culture to be inaugurated in 2004. Gothenburg Botanic Garden is considered to be one of the outstanding botanical gardens in Europe. The amusement park Liseberg, is the largest one in Scandinavia, and among the most popular attractions in Sweden.


Held events:

Annual events:

Planned events:

  • 2004 World Championships in Skating (short track)
  • 2004 UEFA Cup Final
  • 2006 European Championships in Athletics

Arenas: Scandinavium, Ullevi

Notable natives

William Chalmers, manager of the Swedish East India Company and founder of Chalmers University of Technology. Gothenburg is also the hometown of Ingemar Johansson, world heavyweight champion of boxing, who beat Floyd Patterson in 1959. Also jazz star pianists Bengt Hallberg and Jan Johansson lived here. Also, the pop group Ace of Base are from here.

Miscellaneous topics

Gothenburg is also noted for being the centre of the melodic death metal movement, a typically Swedish musical style, being home to such internationally known bands as At The Gates and In Flames. It is also the hip-hop capital of Sweden.

On the evening of October 29 1998, a fire developed in the premises of the Macedonian Association discotheque in Gothenburg. On the evening of the fire it was estimated that the number of people in the disco reached 400. In this incident 63 people died[1] .

See also

External links

  • Gothenburg - Official City site
  • Gothenburg & Co. - Official Tourist site
  • Gothenburg Botanic Garden - Official site

Last updated: 02-08-2005 09:48:54
Last updated: 02-17-2005 09:04:43