Gothenburg facts and figures
AN Expansive business environment
Gothenburg has a broad and multifaceted business environment with 750 industries represented. The region is home to global brands such as Volvo, SKF, Ericsson and AstraZeneca, and is characterised by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Prominent clusters include construction, transport and logistics, ICT industries, automotive, creative and cultural industries, life sciences and cleantech.
A Prominent hub FOR R&D
Gothenburg is a leading research region characterised by large knowledge-intensive companies and close collaboration between the private, public and academic sectors. The region is home to highly regarded universities and science parks as well as around 60 testbeds. The region is an innovation leader (+) in Europe, according to the European Commission, and in terms of patents per capita, Gothenburg is among the top 15 most inventive cities in the world. Each year around 1/3 of Sweden's total R&D investments within the private sector are made in Gothenburg's county, Västra Götaland.
Competitive on the international stage
Gothenburg reguarly scores highly in European and global comparisons on everything from innovation and connectivity to lifestyle and growth potential. Here are just a few examples:
A RICH EXCHANGE WITH THE WORLD
Gothenburg is an important hub for Swedish imports and exports, with established trade routes to all major markets. Meanwhile, every fifth employee in the region works for a foreign-owned company and every fifth resident is foreign-born. More and more people are also visiting the city for meetings, events and leisure.
A Highly skilled workforce
With high quality universities and world-class companies, Gothenburg is a popular place to live, work and study. Our residents are relatively young and more highly educated than the national average. Gothenburg and West Sweden also rank highly in international comparisons on human capital and lifestyle.
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