Welcome to Göteborg


Brief information about the Göteborg

It's located by Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, and contains a population of about 570,000 in the city and about 1 million individuals in the metropolitan area.

Gothenburg was set as a heavily fortified, trading, primarily Dutch colony, with royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. In addition to the ample privileges (e.g. tax relaxation) awarded to his allies by the then-ongoing Thirty Years' War, the king also attracted significant amounts of his Scottish and German allies to populate his only city on the western coast.

In a key strategic location at the mouth of the Göta älv, where the sea is entered by Scandinavia 's largest drainage basin, the Port of Gothenburg has become the biggest port in the Nordic states. Gothenburg is currently home to many pupils, as the city comprises the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

Volvo was founded in Gothenburg. The original parent Volvo Group and the currently Volvo Car Corporation are headquartered in the city on the island of Hisingen. Other companies that are key are Astra Zeneca and SKF. Gothenburg is served by Göteborg Landvetter Airport 30 kilometers (19 mi) southeast of the city center.

The bigger Göteborg City Airport, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from the city center, was closed to regular airline traffic in 2015. The city hosts the Gothia Cup, the world youth football tournament, alongside a number of the biggest events in Scandinavia. The Gothenburg Film Festival, held in January is the major Scandinavian film festival with over 155,000 visitors every year.

In summer, a wide variety of music festivals are held in the city, including the popular Way.

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