🇸🇪 Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and capital of the Västra Götaland County. It is situated by Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, and forms the core of the wider metropolitan area. The city has been ranked as the 12th most inventive city in the world by Forbes.
Economy Due to Gothenburg's advantageous location in the centre of Scandinavia, trade and shipping have always played a major role in the city's economic history, and they continue to do so. Gothenburg port has come to be the largest harbour in Scandinavia.
Apart from trade, the second pillar of Gothenburg has traditionally been manufacturing and industry, which significantly contributes to the city's wealth. Major companies operating plants in the area include SKF, Volvo (both cars and trucks), and Ericsson. Volvo Cars is the largest employer in Gothenburg, not including jobs in supply companies. The blue-collar industries which have dominated the city for long are still important factors in the city's economy, but they are being gradually replaced by high-tech industries.
Banking and finance are also important, as well as the event and tourist industry. Gothenburg is the terminus of the Valdemar-Göteborg gas pipeline, which brings natural gas from the North Sea fields to Sweden, through Denmark.
Gothenburg is rated Gamma by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Gothenburg is ranked #135 and rated D+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. D+ cities are strong regional hub cities. Gothenburg was ranked #205 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Gothenburg has a population of over 581,822 people. Gothenburg also forms the centre of the wider Gothenburg metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,041,850 people. Gothenburg is the #107 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.3177 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Gothenburg is ranked #171 for startups with a score of 3.075.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Gothenburg is twinned with: 🇳🇴 Oslo, Norway; 🇩🇰 Aarhus, Denmark; 🇺🇸 Chicago, United States; 🇫🇮 Turku, Finland; 🇪🇪 Tallinn, Estonia; 🇷🇺 St Petersburg, Russia; 🇳🇴 Bergen, Norway; 🇵🇱 Kraków, Poland; 🇩🇪 Rostock, Germany; 🇪🇸 Badalona, Spain; 🇿🇦 Port Elizabeth, South Africa.