Why Gothenburg

Why Gothenburg

A hotspot for innovation AND entrepreneurship

Gothenburg is a hub for Swedish R&D, and an innovation leader in Europe, according to the European Commission. In recent years, locally-based companies including Ericsson, the Volvo Group, AstraZeneca, Saab, SKF and Volvo Cars have invested heavily in developing new products and services. 32% of Sweden's private R&D investments are made in Gothenburg's county, Västra Götaland and this has helped make the region leading within for example areas of automotive, life science, logistics, ICT and sustainable urban development.

The Gothenburg region is also in the middle of a historic period of urban development and is making space for 105,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs. With construction plans worth EUR 100 billion, Gothenburg offers one of Europe's biggest centrally located urban investment opportunities.

In short, the region’s business environment is flourishing. And with the developments taking place and the lifestyle it offers, Gothenburg is attracting people, companies and investors like never before.

Perfectly positioned
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With 70% of Scandinavia's population and industry located within 500km, Gothenburg is the ideal gateway to the Nordics

The choice of many

Geely, AstraZeneca, HCL Technologies, Fosun Pharma, General Electric, DB Schenker and Cerner are just a few of the brands that have invested, established or expanded operations in Gothenburg in recent years. Here is why American eHealth company Cerner chose to set up an office in Gothenburg.



“Gothenburg is a hotbed of innovation. There's a highly qualified workforce, other multinational companies on hand and good transportation. Most people speak English, you're part of the EU … yes, there are many very good reasons.”

- Steven Gallagher, Vice President Business Development & Political Affairs Europe at Cerner

Why Geely chose Gothenburg

The competence available in Sweden, the country's strong brands and its open-minded people were among the reasons why Geely invested in a development centre at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, explains Gang Wei, deputy CEO of CEVT. 

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Facts & Figures 2019 - report
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