Gothenburg is the largest non-capital in the Nordics and located on the beautiful west coast of Sweden, famous for Volvo, magical islands and some of the best seafood in the world.
It´s an open and accessible city which offers almost everything you would expect of a cosmopolitan city – within walking distance. All you need is right in the city and you can get everywhere on foot – from the Central Station to your hotel, to the arenas, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
But it’s not just close to everything; it’s also easy to get here. Both international airports are just 20 minutes from the city centre and you can get direct flights here from more than 65 European cities.
How to get here: https://www.goteborg.com/en/good-to-know/getting-to-gothenburg/
You can read more about the wonders of Gothenburg here: https://www.goteborg.com/en/
Good to know before you go!
Four important things if you want to be popular in Sweden:
- Show up on time
- Queue in an orderly fashion
- If you visit someones home, take of your shoes
- Learn the secret rules about ”Fika”
WATER STRAIGHT FROM THE TAP
The water in the tap is safe and drinkable, so there is no need to purchase bottled water while in Sweden.
CASH IS NOT KING
You rarely need cash, most cards are accepted everywhere.
From July 2019, smoking is prohibited at outdoor serving areas (like bars and restaurants where you can sit outside), bus stops, train platforms and playgrounds (and a few more places). The idea behind the law is to help Sweden become free from smoking and a more healthy society.
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
Dial 112 in case of an emergency to reach an ambulance, the police or the fire brigade. Everyone is entitled to emergency healthcare and EU citizens (with an EU insurance card) pay the same subsidised cost as Swedish residents. Non-EU residents pay full fees and should make sure they are covered by their health insurance while in Sweden.
Sweden in numbers and fast facts
- 10.2 million inhabitants
- 1,574 kilometres long from south to north
- Around 300,000–400,000 elks roam the Swedish forests
- Form of government: constitutional monarchy, with parliamentary democracy
- National day: June 6
- Biggest lake: Vänern
- Currency: SEK (Swedish krona/kronor)
- Calling code: +46
*According to statistics from Euromonitor, 2013
You can find more interesting facts about Sweden here: https://visitsweden.com/