A vibrant and inviting city
With everything close at hand
Green spaces, asphalt and cobblestones
Facts about the city of Gothenburg
Founded: 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus II
Number of inhabitants in the city: 581,822
Number of inhabitants in the metropolitan area: 1,009,203
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Did you know that…
- Gothenburg is the world’s most sustainable meeting destination. As of November 2016, it has topped the Global Destination Sustainability Index.
- The oldest house in Gothenburg is the impressive Kronhuset. Built 1643-55 in austere Dutch style, with red bricks and high pointed gables.
- Göteborgsvarvet is not only the world’s largest half marathon. It is also Sweden’s half marathon
- Many regard Gothenburg as Sweden’s beer capital – there is a lively beer culture with many local breweries making world-class beer.
- The stock exchange, built in 1849 for Sweden’s oldest trade guild, is today the City Hall.
- The Gustavus Adolphus pastry was created in 1854 in connection with the inauguration of the King’s statue in Gothenburg.
- In 2016, the Gothenburg company SKF registered 229 technical innovations and was awarded 191 new patents.
- Gothenburg is the world’s third friendliest city, according to a survey by the travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
Some key Gothenburg dates:
1621: “Here is the city”, says King Gustavus Adolphus, pointing to Gothenburg.
1731: The Swedish East India Company starts trading
1847: The Götaverken shipyard delivers its first ship: the iron steamer Kare.
1905: The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden’s national orchestra, is formed.
1923: The Götaplatsen city square and Liseberg are opened to mark Gothenburg’s 300th anniversary.
1927: The first production model Volvo, Volvo ÖV4, rolls off the test track.
1939: The canal launch Paddan casts off for the first time.
1984: Gothia Towers serves its first King Size shrimp sandwich.
2016: Musician Håkan Hellström sets a new Nordic attendance record of 70,144 people at Ullevi.
2021: Gothenburg celebrates its 400th anniversary with a series of initiatives.