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Gothenburg business facts

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Gothenburg's 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 automotive and mobility, ICT, life science, transportation and logistics, and maritime.

  • 130 K

    business establishments

  • 180 BN


  • 577 k

    people employed

  • 33 %

    Sweden's private R&D investments

  • 61 %

    Sweden's private R&D investments in automotive

  • 1.4 m

    residents in Gothenburg's labour market

Competitive on the international stage 

Gothenburg regularly scores highly in European and global comparisons on everything from innovation and sustainability to human capital and lifestyle. One example is when Gothenburg was ranked as a European innovation leader among 239 regions by the European Commission 2023. Below are a few other examples: 

  • 1 ST

    Most sustainable destination in the world (Global Destination Sustainability Index, 2023)

  • 1 ST

    Most attractive city in Sweden for talent (Talent City Sweden Index, 2024)

  • 1 st

    best logistics location in Sweden (Intelligent Logistics, 2023)

  • 3 RD

    Most liveable city in the world for European expats (ECA International, 2021)

  • 4 TH

    Best for human capital and lifestyle among large European cities (fDi, 2023)

  • 1 ST

    Most international county in Sweden (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, 2020)

  • 1 ST

    Winner of the European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2020 (European Committee of the Regions, European Union)

  • 1 st

    Best Sustainable City Stay (Lonely Planet, 2021)

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. 

  • 17 %

    of Sweden's exports

  • 13 %

    of Sweden's imports

  • 2.3 K

    foreign owned companies

  • + 5 M

    commercial guest nights

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.

  • #1

    highest concentration of engineers and natural scientists among Swedish metropolitan regions

  • 65 K

    university students

  • 13 th

    best science and technology cluster in the world by intensity (GII, 2023)

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