Gothenburg (Swedish: GÃ¶teborg, pronouncedÂ [jÅ"tÉËbÉ"rj]) is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Situated by the Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, the city proper has a population of 543,005, with 549,839 in the urban area and 973,261 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Gothenburg is classified as a global city by GaWC, with a ranking of Gammaâ'. The city was ranked as the 12th-most inventive city in the world by Forbes.
Gothenburg was founded by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. At the mouth of the GÃ¶ta Ã¤lv, the Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic countries.
Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927. The city is a major centre in Sweden for sports and home to the IFK GÃ¶teborg, BK HÃ¤cken, GAIS, and ÃrgryteÂ IS association football teams, the team handball team Redbergslids IK, as well as the FrÃ¶lunda HC ice hockey team.
Gothenburg is served by GÃ¶teborg Landvetter Airport, located 30Â km (18.64Â mi) southeast of the city centre, and by GÃ¶teborg City Airport, located 15Â km (9.32Â mi) from the city centre.
The city is known for hosting some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia. The GÃ¶teborg International Film Festival, held in January since 1979, is the leading film festival in Scandinavia with over 155,000 visitors annually. During the summer, a broad variety of music festivals take place, such as Way Out West and Metaltown. Gothia Cup, held every year in Gothenburg, is the world's largest football tournament in number of participants: in 2011, a total of 35,200 players from 1567 teams and 72 nations participated.
The city was named after the Geats (Swedish: GÃ¶tar varied: Geatas, Gautar, Goths, Gotar, GÃ¸tar, GÃ¶tar), the inhabitants of Gothia, now southern Swedenâ"i.e.Â "Geat Castle". The river on which the city sits is the GÃ¶ta Ã¤lv or Gothia River. GÃ¶ta borg "Gothia Fortress" is the fort on the GÃ¶ta River, built to protect the port.
In Dutch, Scots, and English, all being languages with a long history of being spoken in this trade and maritime-oriented city, the name Gothenburg is used for the city. The French form of the city name is Gothembourg, but in the French texts, the Swedish name GÃ¶teborg is more frequent. Gottenburg can also be seen in some older English texts. These traditional forms are now sometimes replaced with the use of the Swedish GÃ¶teborg, for example by the GÃ¶teborgsoperan and the GÃ¶teborg Ballet. However, GÃ¶teborgs universitet, previously designated as GÃ¶teborg University in English, changed to the University of Gothenburg in 2008. The municipality of Gothenburg has also reverted to the use of the English name in international contexts. Other old variations in Swedish are GÃ¶theborgh, and the more common GÃ¶theborg. One English text written in the late 15th century states the name as "Guthaeborg"..
In the early modern period, the configuration of Sweden's borders made Gothenburg strategically critical as the only Swedish gateway to the North Sea and Atlantic, lying on the west coast in a very narrow strip of Swedish territory between Danish Halland to the south and Norwegian Bohuslen to the north. After several failed attempts, Gothenburg was successfully founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus (GustafÂ 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 Ãlvsborg Bridge in FÃ¤rjenÃ¤s 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, Batavia (Jakarta) and New Amsterdam (Manhattan Island). The plan of the streets and canals of Gothenburg closely resembles 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. Heavy city walls were built during the 17th century. These city walls were torn down after about 1810, because the development of cannons made such walls less valuable as a defence.
Along with the Dutch, the town also was heavily influenced by Scots who came to settle in Gothenburg. Many became people of high profile. William Chalmers was the son of a Scottish immigrant and donated his fortunes to set up what later became Chalmers University of Technology. In 1841, the Scotsman Alexander Keiller founded the GÃ¶taverken shipbuilding company that still exists today. His son James Keiller donated Keiller Park to the city in 1906.
The Gothenburg coat of arms was based on the lion of the coat of arms of Sweden, symbolically holding a shield with the national emblem, the Three Crowns, to defend against its enemies.
In the Treaty of Roskilde (1658), Denmark-Norway ceded the then Danish province Halland, to the south, and the Norwegian province of Bohus County or BohuslÃ¤n to the north, leaving Gothenburg in a less exposed position. Gothenburg was able to grow into an important port and trade centre on the west coast because it was the only city on the west coast that was granted, together with Marstrand, 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 with Swedish emigration to the United States increasing, Gothenburg became Sweden's main point of departure. 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 (1907) and Volvo (1927).
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 GÃ¶ta Ã¤lv, 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 BohuslÃ¤n. Due to the Gulf Stream, the city has a mild climate and quite a lot of rain. It is the second-largest city in Sweden after capital Stockholm.
The Gothenburg Metropolitan Area (Stor-GÃ¶teborg) has 816,931 inhabitants and extends to the municipalities of Ale, HÃ¤rryda, KungÃ¤lv, Lerum, MÃ¶lndal, Partille, Stenungsund, TjÃ¶rn, ÃckerÃ¶ in VÃ¤stra GÃ¶taland County, and Kungsbacka in Halland County.
Angered, a suburb outside Gothenburg, consists of HjÃ¤llbo, Eriksbo, Rannebergen, Hammarkullen, GÃ¥rdsten, and LÃ¶vgÃ¤rdet. It is a Million Programme part of Gothenburg, like RosengÃ¥rd in MalmÃ¶ and Botkyrka in Stockholm. Angered has 40,000 inhabitants in total. It lies north from Gothenburg and is isolated from the rest of the city. BergsjÃ¶n is another Million Programme suburb north of Gothenburg, BergsjÃ¶n has 14,000 inhabitants. BiskopsgÃ¥rden is the biggest multicultural suburb on the island Hisingen, which is a part of Gothenburg separated by the river.
Gothenburg has an oceanic climate according to KÃ¶ppen climate classification. Despite its northern latitude, temperatures are quite mild throughout the year and much warmer than places in similar latitude, for example Stockholm, or even somewhat further south, mainly because of the moderating influence of the warm Gulf Stream. During the summer, daylight extends 18 hours and 5 minutes, but lasts 6 hours and 32 minutes in late December.
Summers are warm and pleasant with average high temperatures of 19 to 20Â Â°C (66 to 68Â Â°F) and lows of 10 to 12Â Â°C (50 to 54Â Â°F), but temperatures of 25â"30Â Â°C (77â"86Â Â°F) occur on many days during the summer. Winters are cold and windy with temperatures of around â'3 to 3Â Â°C (27 to 37Â Â°F), though it rarely drops below â'15Â Â°C (5Â Â°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
Gothenburg has several parks and nature reserves ranging in size from tens of square metres to hundreds of hectares. Also, it has many green areas not designated as parks or reserves.
Selection of parks:
- Kungsparken, 13 hectares, built between 1839 and 1861, surrounds the canal that circles the city centre.
- TrÃ¤dgÃ¥rdsfÃ¶reningen, a park and horticultural garden, is located next to Kungsportsavenyn. Founded in 1842 by the Swedish king Carl XIV Johan and on initiative of the amateur botanist Henric Elof von Normann, the park has an acclaimed rose garden with some 4,000 roses of 1,900 cultivars.
- Slottsskogen, 137 hectares, 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. It hosts the Way Out West Festival.
- ÃnggÃ¥rdsbergens Naturreservat, 220 hectares, was bought in 1840 by Arvid Gren, a pharmacist, and in 1963 was donated to the city by Sven and Carl Gren Broberg, who stated the area must remain a nature and bird reserve. It lies partly in MÃ¶lndal.
- DelsjÃ¶omrÃ¥dets Naturreservat, about 760 hectares, has been in use since the 17th century as a farming area; significant forest management was carried out in the late 19th century. SkatÃ¥s gym and motionscentrum is situated here.
- Rya Skogs Naturreservat, 17 hectares, in 1928 became a protected area. 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 GÃ¶taverken, a shipbuilding company.
- S.A. Hedlunds Park: Sven Adolf Hedlund, newspaper publisher and politician, bought the 15-hectare BjurslÃ¤tt farm in 1857, and in 1928 it was given to the city.
- Hisingsparken is Gothenburg's biggest park.
- FlunsÃ¥sparken, built in 1950, has many free activities during the summer such as concerts and theatre.
- Gothenburg Botanical Garden, 175 hectares, 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 4500 species including 1600 orchids.
The sea, trade, and industrial history of the city is evident in the cultural life of Gothenburg. The greatest attraction in the city is the amusement park Liseberg (see Points of interest). Many of the cultural institutions, as well as hospitals and the university, were created by donations from rich merchants and industrialists, for example the RÃ¶hsska Museum.
The Universeum 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. The Universeum occasionally gives Swedish secondary-school students a chance to debate with Nobel prize-winners and professors.
Many free theatre ensembles are in the city, besides institutions such as Gothenburg City Theatre, Backa Theatre (youth theatre), and Folkteatern. On 29 December 2004, the Museum of World Culture was opened in Gothenburg, located near KorsvÃ¤gen.
The GÃ¶teborg International Film Festival, held each year, is the largest film festival in Scandinavia. Similarly, the Gothenburg Book Fair, held every year in September, is the largest such event in Scandinavia.
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 largest popular-science events in Europe.
Citing the financial crisis, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions has announced that Gothenburg will host the 2010 World Library and Information Congress, previously to be held in Brisbane, Australia.
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 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 with a Classical look were erected around the canals. One example from this period is the East India House, which today houses Gothenburgâs City Museum.
In the 19th century, the wealthy bourgeoisie began to move outside the city walls which had protected the city when the Union of Denmark and Norway was still a threat. 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 important town plan after the founding of city was created, which led to the construction of the main street, Kungsportsavenyn. Perhaps the most significant type of houses of the city, LandshÃ¶vdingehusen, were built in the end of the 19th century - three-storey houses with the first floor in stone and the other two in wood.
The early 20th century, characterized by the National Romantic style, was rich in architectural achievements. Masthugget Church stands out as one of the architectural monuments of this period. In the early 1920s, on the city's 300th anniversary, the GÃ¶taplatsen square with its Neoclassical look was built.
After this the predominant style in Gothenburg and rest of Sweden was Functionalism which especially dominated the suburbs such as VÃ¤stra FrÃ¶lunda and BergsjÃ¶n. The prominent Swedish functionalist architect Uno Ã hrÃ©n served as the city planner from 1932 through 1943. In the 1950s, the big stadium Ullevi was erected when Sweden hosted the 1958 FIFA World Cup.
The modern architecture of the city is being formed by such architects as Gert WingÃ¥rdh, who started as a Post-Modernist in the 1980s.
A further remarkable construction is Brudaremossen TV Tower, one of the few partially guyed towers in the world.
The Gothenburg Central Station is in the heart 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, travelers, and shopping. Not far from the central station is Skanskaskrapan, or more commonly known as "The Lipstick". It is 86Â m high with 22Â 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 GÃ¶ta Ã¤lv is the Gothenburg 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."
FeskekÃ´rka, or Fiskhallen, is a fishmarket by the Rosenlundskanalen in the heart of Gothenburg. FeskekÃ´rkan was opened on 1 November 1874 and the name comes from being compared with a church.
The Gothenburg Law Court is in the Beaux-Arts.
The Gothenburg Synagogue at Stora Nygatan, near Drottningtorget, was built in 1855 according to the designs of the German architect August KrÃ¼ger.
Gothenburg has a diverse music communityâ"the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is the best-known in classical music. Gothenburg also was the birthplace of the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg. Bands such as The Soundtrack of Our Lives and Ace of Base are well-known pop representatives of the city. Also, an active indie scene exists. 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, songwriter JosÃ© GonzÃ¡lez, 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, HÃ¥kan HellstrÃ¶m, who often includes many places from the city in his songs. The glam rock group Supergroupies derives from Gothenburg.
Gothenburg's own commercially successful At the Gates, In Flames, and Dark Tranquillity are credited with pioneering melodic death metal, but in fact bands such as Eucharist (band) from the Gothenburg suburb Veddige, and Ceremonial Oath came first. Other well-known bands of the Gothenburg scene are thrash metal band The Haunted, progressive power metal band Evergrey, and power metal bands HammerFall and Dream Evil.
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. The previous festival in June 2012 included bands such as In Flames, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Lamb of God, and Mastodon. Another popular festival, Way Out West, focuses more on rock, electronic, and hip-hop genres.
The 3D-animated anthropomorphic blue frog known as Crazy Frog originally hails from Gothenburg, as well. The eurodance act marketed to children gained some brief success on several international music charts in the mid-2000s.
Food and drink
The city has a number of star chefsÂ â" over the past decade, seven of the Swedish Chef of the Year awards have been won by Gothenburgers. A popular place to buy fish ingredients is the FeskekÃ´rka ("Fish Church"); an indoor fish market which got its name from the building's resemblance to a Gothic church. Five Gothenburg restaurants have a star in the 2008 Michelin Guide: 28Â +, Basement, Fond, Kock & Vin, Fiskekrogen, and SjÃ¶magasinet.
The Gustavus Adolphus pastry, eaten every 6 November in Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus Day, is especially connected to and appreciated in Gothenburg because the city was founded by King Gustavus Adolphus.
As in all of Sweden, a variety of sports are followed, including football, ice hockey, basketball, team handball, baseball, and figure skating. A varied amateur and professional sports clubs scene exists.
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 GÃ¶teborg, Ãrgryte IS, and GAIS share a total of 34 Swedish championships between them. IFK has also won the UEFA Cup twice. Other notable clubs include BK HÃ¤cken (football), Pixbo Wallenstam IBK (floorball), multiple national team handball champion Redbergslids IK, and three-time national ice hockey champion FrÃ¶lunda HC, Gothenburg has also a professional basketball team, Gothia Basket. The bandy 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 and Russia in the Bandy World Championship for men 2013 was played at Arena Heden in central Gothenburg.
The city's most notable sports venues are Scandinavium (ice hockey), and Ullevi (multisport) and the newly built Gamla Ullevi (football).
The 2003 World Allround Speed Skating Championships were held in Rudhallen, Sweden's only indoor speed-skating arena. It is a part of RuddalensÂ IP, which also has a bandy field and several football fields.
The only Swedish heavyweight champion of the world in boxing, Ingemar Johansson, who took the title from Floyd Paterson in 1959, was from Gothenburg.
Gothenburg has hosted a number of international sporting events including the 1958 FIFA World Cup, the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, an NFL 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 GÃ¶teborgsvarvet.
Gothenburg hosted the XIIIÂ FINA World Masters Championships 2010. Diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and open-water competitions took place from 28 July to 7 August. The water polo events were played on the neighboring city of BorÃ¥s.
Gothenburg is also home to the Gothenburg Sharks, a professional baseball team in the Elitserien (highest) division of baseball in Sweden.
In June 2015, the Volvo Ocean Race, professional sailing's leading crewed offshore race, will conclude in Gothenburg, as well as an event in the 2015-2016 America's Cup World Series in August 2015.
Due to the 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, 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-GÃ¶teborg gas pipeline, which brings natural gas from the North Sea fields to Sweden, through Denmark.
Historically, Gothenburg was home base of the 18th-century Swedish East India Company and were from the founding of the city until the late 1970s a world-leading city in shipbuilding with shipyards as Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstads AB, GÃ¶taverken, Arendalsvarvet, and Lindholmens varv.
Gothenburg has an ethnic Swedish population around 78%. Like most Swedish metropolitan areas, the city has a sizeable immigrant population. According to Statistics Sweden in 2005, 108,480 immigrants resided in Gothenburg, which is about 22% of the population, of which 10% are from Iran, 9% from Iraq, and 7% from Finland.
Gothenburg has two universities, both of which started as colleges founded by private donations in the 19th century. The University of Gothenburg has about 25,000 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 2Â km (1Â mi) south of the inner city, lately also established at Lindholmen in Norra Ãlvstranden, Hisingen.
The four folk high schools are ArbetarrÃ¶relsens FolkhÃ¶gskola i GÃ¶teborg, FolkhÃ¶gskolan i Angered, GÃ¶teborgs FolkhÃ¶gskola, and KvinnofolkhÃ¶gskolan.
Gothenburg has some 25â"30 high schools. Some of the more notable schools are Sigrid Rudebecks gymnasium, Hvitfeldtska gymnasiet, GÃ¶teborgs HÃ¶gre Samskola, Mikael Elias Teoretiska Gymnasium, and Donnergymnasiet. Some high-schools are also connected to big Swedish companies. One is SKF Technical high-school (belonging to SKF) and Gothenburg's technical high-school (belonging to Volvo). An international school with campuses in Guldheden and central Gothenburg is called the International School of the Gothenburg Region.
Points of interest
Gothenburg is a popular destination for tourists on the Swedish west coast, and offers a number of cultural and architectural highlights.
The main boulevard is called Kungsportsavenyn (commonly known as Avenyn, "The Avenue"). It is about 1Â km (0.62Â mi) long and starts at GÃ¶taplatsenÂ â" which is the location of the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the city's theatre, and the city library, as well as the concert hallâ" and stretches all the way to Kungsportsplatsen in the old city centre of Gothenburg, crossing a canal and a small park. The Avenyn 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.
Gustaf Adolf Square is a town square located in central Gothenburg. Interesting 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.
Scandinavia's second-largest shopping centre, Nordstan, is located in central Gothenburg. Gothenburg's Haga district is known for its picturesque wooden houses and its cafÃ©s serving the well-known Haga bulle - a large cinnamon roll similar to the kanelbulle (common cinnamon roll).
The Gothenburg Opera house was inaugurated in 1994, and is an architectural landmark situated next to the GÃ¶ta Ã¤lv. Museums include the Gothenburg Museum of Art, GÃ¶teborgs Konsthall, RÃ¶hss Museum, and several museums of sea and navigation history, natural history, the sciences, and East India. The Museum of World Culture was inaugurated in 2004. Aeroseum, close to the GÃ¶teborg City Airport, is a unique aircraft museum in a former military underground air force base.
The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in Europe with three stars in the French Guide Rouge. Next to the botanical garden is Gothenburg's largest park, Slottsskogen, where the Natural History Museum (Naturhistoriska Museet) is located. The park is also home to the city's oldest observatory and a zoo.
The amusement park Liseberg is located in the central part of the city. Liseberg is Scandinavia's largest amusement park by number of rides, and the most popular attraction in Sweden by number of visitors per year (more than 3Â million). Located near Liseberg is a science discovery centre named Universeum.
One of Gothenburg's most popular natural tourist attractions is the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago, which is a set of several picturesque islands that can be reached by ferry boats mainly operating from Saltholmen. Within the archipelago Ãlvsborg Fortress, Vinga and StyrsÃ¶ islands are popular places to visit.
The Gunnebo House is a country house located to the south of Gothenburg, in MÃ¶lndal. 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 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.
One operational international airport is in Gothenburg: GÃ¶teborg Landvetter Airport (IATA: GOT,Â ICAO: ESGG) is located 20Â km (12Â mi) east of Gothenburg, and is the largest international airport serving the Gothenburg region in Sweden. With 4.9Â million passengers in 2011, it is Sweden's second-largest airport. It is operated by the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration (Luftfartsverket). It has connections with about 40 scheduled destinations.
GÃ¶teborg City Airport (IATA: GSE,Â ICAO: ESGP) is closed. On 13 January 2015, Swedish airport operator Swedavia announced that GÃ¶teborg 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 10Â km (6Â mi) northwest of the city centre. It was formerly known as SÃ¤ve 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 GÃ¶teborg City Airport was via low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizzair. Those companies have now been relocated to Landvetter Airport.
The Swedish company Stena Line operates between Gothenburg/Frederikshavn in Denmark and Gothenburg/Kiel in Germany.
The "England ferry" (EnglandsfÃ¤rjan) to Newcastle over 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 freight ships between Gothenburg and several English ports, and these have limited capacity for passengers and their private vehicles. Also freight ships to North America and East Asia are available.
Rail and intercity bus
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 MalmÃ¶).
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 36.9Â million tonnes per year in 2004.
With over 80Â km (50Â mi) of double track, the Gothenburg tram is the largest tram/light rail network in Scandinavia. The bus network, however, is almost as important. There are also some boat and ferry services. The lack of a subway is due to the soft ground on which Gothenburg is situated. Tunneling is very expensive in such conditions. A commuter rail in Gothenburg services some nearby cities and towns.
The Gothenburg Award is the cityâs international prize that recognises and supports work to achieve sustainable development â" 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
Gothenburg is twinned with:
With Lyon (France) there is no formal partnership, but "a joint willingness to cooperate".
- Archipelago of Gothenburg
- Gothenburg Protocol (on acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone)
- Gothenburg quadricentennial jubilee
- Largest cities of the European Union by population within city limits
- List of metropolitan areas in Europe
- Metropolitan Gothenburg
Notes and references
- Goteborg.seÂ â" City of Gothenburg website (English)
- GÃ¶teborg travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Goteborg.comÂ â" Gothenburg tourism portal (English)
- VisitSwedenÂ â" VisitSweden's profile of Gothenburg (English)
- Virtual Tour Panoramas of Goteborg