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16 proud facts from Gothenburg

7 June 2023
Per Pixel Petersson
The time has come to really celebrate Gothenburg turning 400 years old 🥳 A city that continues to deliver and grow - both in quantity, in width and in height. For a decade, Gothenburg has been the region in Sweden with the strongest growth in jobs, economy and exports. We have world-leading innovation and research, we are open and always ready to collaborate - which has led us into the biggest leap forward in modern times. To celebrate the city, we offer 16 examples of success making us extra proud. A common thread running through everything is innovation, sustainability and cooperation – words that will certainly keep us in the lead for the upcoming 400 years. We give you Gothenburg, a hotspot for innovation, a frontrunner in sustainability and a master of collaboration.

1. Sweden's most attractive city for qualified labour

Talent City Index Sweden is the name of a new report showing that Gothenburg is Sweden's most attractive city to live and work in. The ranking is based on a survey of 2,136 professionally oriented Swedes under the age of 45, the group most likely to move. Gothenburg is most popular in almost all surveyed occupational categories – and also among the capital's residents. The city is highlighted as safe, welcoming and family-friendly with closeness to nature and affordable housing prices. Although Stockholm surpasses Gothenburg in terms of job opportunities, the differences are relatively small. Interestingly, all professional groups except social scientists prefer to work and live in Gothenburg.

Read the article here >>

2. The world's best rooftop bar

TaKeT, located on the 7th floor of the Comfort Hotel, was named the world's best party rooftop in the Rooftop Guide, not once, not twice, but as many as three times! But there is a lot more to choose from in Gothenburg, maybe we are simply the world's best at rooftop bars? Skanshof, Above, Moreno, Cuckoo On The Roof, Rubinen's rooftop bar, Hotel Dorsia, Atelier and Cielo are some good examples of amazing rooftop bars in Gothenburg. And soon two more will open that we are really curious about: Mei Rose at the top of Liseberg's Grand Curiosa Hotel and Rooftop Pool Club at Jacy's. Wow, this will be a summer to remember!

Top 10 Party Rooftops in the world >>

Rooftop bars in Gothenburg >>

3. Sweden's best logistics location

The fact that Scandinavia's largest port for import and export is located here is just one of the reasons why the Gothenburg region is such a prominent logistics hub. Here are a few other reasons:

  • Ocean-going direct lines to 130 destinations and several train shuttles for rail freight to Sweden and Norway
  • Short distances from the import port to the warehouse result in low logistics costs
  • New large logistics establishments
  • New large land assets for logistics, including at Hisingen and in Härryda at Landvetter airport
  • An advanced, rapidly growing transport infrastructure with the environment in focus
  • National centre for R&D in sustainable logistics solutions and transport

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4. The world's most sustainable destination

For the sixth year in a row, Gothenburg is the world's most sustainable destination. The international ranking Global Destination Sustainability Index has several times named Gothenburg as a world leader in sustainability. In 2020, we are not only ranked first in the Global Destination Sustainability Index we were also able to add another sustainability award to the list. Lonely Planet named Gothenburg the "Best Sustainable City Stay" among all the cities' in the world. A front-runner in sustainability!

Read all about it >>

5. Sweden's innovation powerhouse

Gothenburg is a hotspot for innovation. The companies' R&D expenditure is the highest in the country, also higher than in the capital region. It confirms how strong our companies are in producing world-leading innovations for a global market. The more companies invest in research and development, the greater the likelihood that innovations and new jobs will be created. Gothenburg being in the lead is no coincidence. Here we have the guts to test - we have more test beds than any other region in Sweden and we are also the master of collaboration. Just check out our Science Parks, things are really happening. For example, at Lindholmen Science Park there are close to 400 companies, working, testing and collaborating to make the bright innovative future of Gothenburg happen. 

All about testbeds >>

The way to become an innovation powerhouse >>

6. Scandinavia's largest port city

The Port of Gothenburg is the only Swedish port that can receive the world's largest oceangoing vessels. And in doing so also offer direct deep-sea services to many continents in the world. One million trucks and 6,000 ships is going in and out of the Port of Gothenburg every year. The Port of Gothenburg is an important player in the work to transform the transport sector. The Tranzero initiative is a collaboration is between the Volvo Group, Scania, Stena Line and the Port of Gothenburg, to bring about a significant reduction in carbon emissions linked to the largest port in Scandinavia. The aim is to cut emissions by 70 per cent by 2030. Gothenburg is also the centre for maritime development in Sweden with around 400 workplaces employing around 6,000 people. Right now, a major conversion of the region's maritime sector is underway with the goal to electrify part of the boating industry.

Deeper fairways - The Skandia gateway >>

7. World-leading mobility cluster - an international role model

Our mobility cluster is a world leader in electrification, safety and self-driving vehicles. The city is open to collaboration and this in combination with a complete vehicle manufacturing ecosystem, has placed us in a unique position. The transition to an electrified and connected transportation system is well underway. The region is home to Volvo Cars, AB Volvo, Geely, CEVT and NEVS, and many technology, design and service providers to the automotive industry. Northvolt and Volvo Cars chose to establish their new joint battery manufacturing here. In the Gothenburg factory, battery cells for half a million cars will be produced each year.

Electrified transports >>

Automotive and mobility >>

8. Sweden's best ice cream

In Gothenburg you can eat Sweden's best ice cream. When the Ice Cream Championship was decided earlier this year, the Gelateria on Grönsakstorget was crowned this year's Ice Cream Champion. The finalists competed in four different categories "Ice cream master's choice", "Arla Pro Cream Cheese 25%", "Pistachio ice cream with topping" and "Citrus sorbet". And even if you are not at Grönsakstorget, there are many good ice cream parlours in Gothenburg: Did you know, for example, that Triumfglass has been making and selling ice cream in Sävedalen since 1958? Lejonet & Björnen has been making ice cream since 1977 and Råda Gelato has quickly won the hearts of many Gothenburgers. We understand why. Summer is here and ice cream ftw!

Gothenburg's top ice cream spots >>

9. The companies in the Gothenburg region are the best at exporting

In 2022, the region's companies exported goods worth just over SEK 300 billion! The average annual growth rate of the region's exports is exceptional. In the last decade, the average annual rate has been 5.7 percent, which is twice as strong compared to the national average. In SEK per employee, the region's companies export the most in Sweden! In 2022, our companies exported a value equivalent to 764,000 SEK per employed person - that's a whopping 229,000 SEK more than the equivalent in the capital region.

Facts & Figures 2023 >>

10. World-class Life Science

Life science is one of the fastest growing industries in the Gothenburg region. We are home to one of Europe's largest university hospitals and one of AstraZeneca's three global strategic research and development centres. In the coming years, the life science cluster will strengthen even more as large investments are made in:

  • Sahlgrenska Life, which is a 115,000 m2 knowledge centre for research and development in life science, highly specialized healthcare, research, education and business development.
  • GoCo Health Innovation City, which with its 200,000 square meters next to one of Astra Zeneca's global research facilities, will become the Gothenburg region's new city centre within Life Science and Health Tech. GoCo's goal is 8,000 new jobs, space for 350 companies and 500 apartments by the year 2028. The signature building GoCo House, which is the heart of the area, offers offices, a restaurant, a cafe, conference spaces, co-working and a studio.

GoCo Health Innovation City >>

Sahlgrenska Science Park >>

11. Sweden's beer capital

According to international rankings, some of the world's best beers come from Gothenburg. Why, you wonder? Because here is a tradition around breweries ever since Gothenburg was founded in 1621 and during the days of the East India Company in the 18th century, much of the beer was exported to the world. The beginning of the 21st century was also start of the new era in the Gothenburg beer history, when the small-scale and local craft breweries began to take place and make noise. And the number is still increasing in the region. There are around 40 breweries in Gothenburg and the surrounding region and many of them also run restaurants, brewery pubs and tap rooms where you can try the local and freshly brewed beer.

Craft beer and breweries in Gothenburg >>

12. Sweden's growth engine

The Gothenburg region is Sweden's growth engine. Since 2009, our regional economy has been in overdrive. With an average growth rate of 4.3 percent during the period 2009 – 2021, the region is growing stronger than the capital region. To get a perspective on how strong the region's economic growth has been, it almost corresponds to China's economic growth since 2009. Another way to put it: the Gothenburg region's development lifts the entire Swedish economy.

Facts & Figures 2023 >>

13. The tallest building in Scandinavia

The Gothenburg skyline is changing! With 4 new buildings reaching heights over 100 meters. Karlatornet, being built on Lindholmen, is already the tallest building in the Nordics and in 2024, when completed, it will stretch 246 meters above the ground and become the tallest residential building in the EU. Citygate in Gårda is 144 meters and will be completed this year. It has already moved some tenants into the building, which is the Nordic region's tallest office building. Kineum, which is also located in Gårda, is 110 meters. Jacy'z hotel was recently inaugurated in the building which also houses offices. Hotel Draken is a new addition to the area around Järntorget. The building is over 100 meters and will be officially opened in 2023.

Project Karlatornet >>

14. Sweden's best UF company (Junior Achievement Company Program)

Gothenburg continues to shine in entrepreneurship and innovation. SOBB UF, consisting of Kristian Westfeldt, Taufeeq Saleh and Viktor Karlsson from Kitas Gymnasium, won the gold in the category "UF Company of the Year" during the Swedish Championship in Young Entrepreneurship. Their business idea is a free app that helps young people enter the labour market through summer jobs, and also helps companies find the right skills, which is one of business life's biggest challenges. The last time a UF company from Gothenburg qualified for the European Championship was in 1997. Now we keep our fingers crossed that SOBB UF brings home the international gold medal! Best of luck SOBB UF!

15. Most electric buses in the Nordics

In order to make sustainable travel even more sustainable and reach the city's climate goals, electrification of public transport is an important part. Since 2020, Västtrafik has had the most electric buses in the Nordics, and during 2023 another 160 new electric buses will start rolling in public transport. The quieter and cleaner buses will roll on the streets of Gothenburg, and surrounding municipalities. Thus, two out of three city buses in Västra Götaland run on electricity.

Electrifying the West of Sweden >>

16. Leading the way towards a transport system of the future

In recent years, news about how Gothenburg is leading the way towards more sustainable transport has come one after the other. By 2030 at the latest, the entire transport system must be electrified, fossil-free – and silent. The region's mobility cluster gives us a world-unique value chain and the city's broad investment attracts international attention. Not least with the Gothenburg Green City Zone, the world's first large-scale testbed for emission-free transport in an urban environment, where new technology in both vehicles and infrastructure is tested. This requires us to rethink, think new and think together – Gothenburg is a unique combination of a hotspot for innovation, frontrunner in sustainability and master of collaboration!

Gothenburg Green City Zone >>

Gothenburg Green City Zone leading the way >>

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