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Facts about Goteborg

Göteborg - Facts


Here follows some different facts about Gothenburg.


Inhabitants
close to 900 000 in the so called Large-Gothenburg (incl some small areas outside the centre). Otherwise approx 500 000.

Were is the second largest city in Sweden located?
Gothenburg is located on the west coast on both sides of the river Göta Älv - at the bay Kattegatt.

Gothenburg

Founded
Gothenburg was founded year 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf.

Currency Swedish krona (SEK)

Language
Swedish


Public holidays and other enjoyable occasion in Sweden
Below we present public holidays and other enjoyable occasions that are celebrated in Sweden.

Jan Jan 1: New Year´s Day
  Jan 6: Twelfthday/ Epiphany
  Jan 13: 20th day, St. Knut's Day
April April 30: Valborg´s Eve, The King´s birthday
  Easter (different each year)
  Ascension Day (40 days after Easter, always on a Monday)
May Pentecost (every year in May or June, 50 days after Easter)
  May 1: (Since 1889 an international day for demonstration by workers and since 1939 the only "public holiday" in Sweden without any connection to the church.)
  Mother´s Day (last Sunday in May)
June June 6: Swedish National Day and the Swedish Flag Day.
  Midsummer (Midsummer Day, John the Baptist Day, is celebrated the Saturday between June 20-26th. The day before is Midsummer Eve, celebrating the summer solstice)
Nov Nov 1: All Saint´s Day
  Nov 6: Gustav Adolf´s Day
  Fathers Day: second Sunday in November
  Nov 10: Mårten´s Eve
Dec Dec 10: The Nobel Day
  Dec 13: Lucia
  Dec 24: Christmas Eve
  Dec 25: Christmas Day
  Dec 26: Boxing Day
  Dec 31: New Year´s Eve



Airports
Landvetter Airport - the airport is located 15 miles east of Gothenburg.


Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer - to Goteborg City Center.


To go from the airports to the city centre, you can take the bus or a taxi.
Bus - timetable Göteborg Landvetter Airport

Emergency
Call 112 when you need acute help and when it is danger for life, property or environment. Emergency number 112 is for you that need help immediately by the police, rescueteam or ambulance.

114 14 is the number you shall call when you have got an errand to the Police that isn´t acute. From abroad you can call +46 77 114 14 00.



Göteborgs Tourist informationTourist information
One good thing to do when you arrive in Goteborg, is to get some maps or other material of what is going on in town.

See addresses below:


Gothenburg´s Tourist office: Kungsportsplatsen 2,
Tel: 031-61 25 00
(Automatic Tourist Guide - 24 hours service)

 

Gothenburg´s Tourist office Nordstan, Nordstadstorget, Göteborg.
Tel: 031-61 25 00



Internet
Access to internet for free you will find at the Goteborg City Library at the top end of Avenyn, beside Götaplatsen. Other places with internet in town is for example: the Central Station, but also at some MC´Donalds and 7-eleven stores.

Some other internet places in town:
IT-Grottan, Chalmersgatan 27.
Game4You, Ånäsvägen 19-21
IT-Palatset, Ekelundsgatan 11

Smoking
Smoking is forbidden in public places like buses, trams, cinemas, stores, restaurants and bars. If you don´t know please ask somebody there you are.

Göteborg - Lilla LondonFun facts

Why is Gothenburg called "Little London"?

In the 1800´s Gothenburg started to become more industrial and this was a great deal to the many Scottish and English businessmen that had moved to Gothenburg. At this time we had big trade over the North Sea with Great Britain.

Many Englishmen and Scotsmen became very wealty as among other: Carnegie, Chalmers, Chapman, Dickson, Hall and Keiller. They donated some of their fortune to Gothenburg and this ended in that the city got it´s Library, University and Hospital. These persons made a good impression on the town and so for that reason, the name "Little London".
 


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