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Göteborg at a glance

16 October 2009, 11:27

Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg) is the second largest city in Sweden by population and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. It's a buzzing city with a large selection of hotels, Michelin star restaurants, a wealth of entertainment and attractive shops.

The ocean with splendid westerly breezes and a unique archipelago. Idyllic lakes, forests and wilderness.

Göteborg is Sweden's second biggest city. Many think it's just the right size. Home to its own culture, its own language and its own special character. In Göteborg, entertainment, nature and places of interest are never far away. Despite its cosmopolitan stamp though, it still has a typical small-town charm. 60 000 students at the two Universities adds a younger feeling to the city.
Göteborg has a proud maritime history as well as a long and successful tradition of trade and industry, and some of Scandinavia's best known corporations such as Volvo, SKF and ESAB - have their origins and head offices here. A significant proportion of Sweden's exports and imports pass through Göteborg's port, the largest in the Nordic region. Göteborg is the administrative capital of Västra Götaland county.

Just the facts

Area: 450 km2
Population: 500 085
Monetary Unit: Swedish Krona
Phone Code: 46 31
Time Zone: Standard Time: GMT +1, Summer Time: GMT +2
Average temperature: January -1.0˚Celsius, July + 18.8˚C
Electric: 230V 50HzHz 
Language: Swedish
Public Holidays:  New Year’s Day (1 January), Epiphany (6 January), Good Friday (April), Easter Sunday, Easter Monday (March/April), Ascension Day (May), Swedish National Day (6 June), Midsummer's Eve (23 June), Midsummer's Day (24 June), Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 Dececember). 
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