Beautiful view of the sun setting over canal in Gothenburg.

Sweden - Gothenburg

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest populated city. This industrial city is situated on the west coast of the country and was founded by Gustavus Adolphus in 1621. Gothenburg is at the mouth of the river Göta älv, which leads into Kattegatt, an outlet of the North Sea.

This city is recognized as being home to extremely friendly inhabitants, and may be more welcoming than Stockholm. There are many free theatre ensembles and the city is a major location for sport.
About 78% of the population is ethnic Swedes and about 22% are immigrants, mainly of Middle Eastern origin.
The word Gothenburg was given as the city was named after the Geats (the inhabitants of Gothia which is now southern Sweden).

Nordstan is the largest shopping center in Scandinavia, which is located in Gothenburg.

Many parks and nature reserves are kept in the city, such as:
Kungsparken is the park that surrounds the canal which is around the city center, built between 1839 to 1869.
Trädgårdsföreningen is a park that was begun by the Swedish king Carl XIV Johan in 1842. It has a reputable rose garden with 4000 roses of 1900 species.

Slottsskogen (it is Castle Forest in English) which is the site of the Way Out West Festival and houses a free zoo (with various animals), mini golf course, an observatory and the Museum of Natural History. It was started by August KobbI in 1874.

The University of Gothenburg is one of the largest universities in Scandanavia. It began as a college founded by private donations in the 19th century and now has about 25 000 students. The other university in the city is Chalmers University of Technology.

The daylight hours in summer are 17 hours while in the depth of winter the daylight hours are 7 hours.
There is a recognized main restaurant street in Gothenburg, named Linnégatan that goes from Järntorget to Linnéplatse. A range of many low to moderately costing restaurants with reliable service and appetizing food are situated on the street.

The Volvo company (a manufacturer of buses, trucks, other vehicles and other construction equipment) was started in Gothenburg in 1927. There is an annual event in this city for Volvo enthusiasts called the VROM (Volvo Rendezvous for Owners &Members).

The city is also home to various museums, such as the Volvo Museum, Museum of World Culture and the Gothenburg Art Museum.

Many music festivals are held in the city throughout the year.
Way Out West Festival (held at Slottsskogen) began in 2007 and is a three day music festival that features popular electronic, rock, Indie rock, world music, alternative rock and hip pop music. It is scheduled during the month of August every year.

The Gothenburg Film Festival (which began in January 1979 and has been held in this city every year since then) is the main film festival in Scandinavia and attracts over 155 000 visitors each year.
Public transport is operated by Västtrafik and consists of trams, buses and ferries. Tickets are bought from Västtrafik's service centres, seven-eleven, Pressbyrån or some other stores and certainly not from bus or tram drivers.

Crime rates are low relative to other international areas. However the northern parts of the city and the outskirts of Hisingen have high crime rates. Illegal taxis are common at night and people are cautioned to be careful, especially women.