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    Gothenburg – a brief overview

    Situated on the southwest coast of Sweden, where the Göta River meets the North Sea, Gothenburg combines student-fuelled vibrancy with quaint cobbled streets and a surprisingly large selection of things to see and do. Dominating it all is the largest harbour in Scandinavia and a captivating archipelago, so you’re never far from a picturesque view or, indeed,

    some of the finest shellfish you’ll ever eat. But there’s more to the city than quaint streets and seafood: with its strong local character, elegant architecture and a smorgasbord of cultural activities, Gothenburg is truly captivating, even during its long, harsh winter.

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    Södra Vägen 50
    400 20 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 335 6450
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2000 (late Jun-mid Aug)
    1000-1800 (mid Aug-late Jun)

    One of Gothenburg’s most popular museums, the Universeum is home to several huge and colourful aquariums, a faithfully recreated rainforest and a quirky exhibition dedicated to creatures that live in the dark.

    Skansen Kronan

    Skansberget, Linnéstaden
    402 33 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 711 3033
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1500

    A former royal fortress, Skansen Kronan was built in the 17th century and was, for a time, a prison, but now houses a fascinating military museum.


    Packhusplatsen 12
    411 13 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 105 950
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1800 (Jun-Aug)
    1100-1700 (May and Sep)
    1100-1600 (Apr)

    A floating maritime museum, Maritiman is home to no fewer than 19 ships of varying vintages, among them a lightship and the former Swedish Navy destroyer, Småland.


    Södra Vägen 54
    412 54 Gothenburg
    Tel: (010) 456 1200
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1700 (mid Jun-mid Aug)
    Tue-Fri 1200-1700
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (mid Aug-mid Jun)

    Set in a glass and steel structure designed by London architects Cécile Brisac and Edgar Gonzales, the Världskulturmuseet takes you on a tour of the world via a series of interactive exhibitions.

    Göteborgs Konstmuseet

    412 56 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 368 3500
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Tue and Thurs 1100-1800
    Wed 1100-2000
    Fri-Sun 1100-1700 (Jun-Aug)
    Tue and Thurs 1100-1800
    Wed 1100-2000
    Fri-Sun 1100-1700 (Sep-May)

    A fabulous place to get a taste of Nordic masters such as Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson and Edvard Munch, the Gothenburg Museum of Art is heaven for the culturally inclined.


    Rosenlundsvägen 411
    20 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 134 681
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat 1000-1500

    The name translates as ‘the Fish Church’ and for fans of seafood, Feskekörka truly is heavenly thanks to its bustling market stands and restaurants selling everything from cod to lobster.

    Röhsska Museum

    Vasagatan 37-39
    411 37 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 368 3150
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    Opening times:
    Tue 1200-2000
    Wed-Fri 1200-1700
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700

    Sweden is no stranger to style and this museum celebrates it all, whether fashion, design or handicrafts. Permanent exhibitions include a fascinating display of the history of Western interior design.

    Gothenburg Botanical Garden

    Carl Skottsbergs Gata 22A
    413 19 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 741 1100
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-sunset

    One of the largest gardens of its kind in Europe, the Gothenburg Botanical Garden covers 175 hectares (430 acres) and boasts an astonishing 16,000 species of plant.

    Kronhusbodarna and Kronhuset

    Postgatan 6-8
    411 13 Gothenburg
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 1100-1400

    The Kronhuset is the oldest building in Gothenburg and began life in 1654 as an arsenal. Today it is home to the Göteborg Wind Orchestra, a professional brass band and a craft centre.

    Röda Sten Kulturförening

    Röda Sten 1
    414 51 Gothenburg
    Tel: (031) 120 816
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Thurs-Sun 1200-1700
    Wed 1200-1900

    Appropriated by graffiti artists and ravers in the 1980s, Röda Sten, once an abandoned heating plant in a grotty industrial site, is now one of the best places to see contemporary art in Gothenburg.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Sweden is a land of incredible contrast. Home to a vast array of landscapes – from the dense pine forests and craggy mountains of the north, to the rolling hills and glossy golden beaches of the south – the gap widens even more when you take the country’s urban centres (home to 84% of the population) into account. The seven major cities, which include Malmö, Gothenburg

    and the capital, Stockholm – each have their own distinct character, compelling histories and wildly varying architectural styles. Despite these differences, urban Sweden tends to be stylish, modern and sophisticated, while the countryside offers simpler pleasures for those in search of peace and tranquillity.


    With a land mass totalling around 449,964 sq km (173,732 sq miles), Sweden is the fifth largest country in Europe and the largest of the Scandinavian bloc. Sharing land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast, the country also has 3,218km (2,000 miles) of coastline, much of it on the Baltic Sea. What remains faces the Gulf of Bothnia, a chilly stretch of sea shared with Finland. To the south, Denmark is another near neighbour and is directly linked to the southern Swedish port of Malmö via the Öresund Bridge. Along with Denmark, Sweden has maritime borders with Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. With a population of just over nine million, most of whom inhabit the cities and the south, the vast majority (78%) of Sweden’s enormous tracts of land

    are forested, while another 8% is covered in water. The largest lake is Vänern, with an area of 5,655 sq km (2,140 sq miles) and the highest peak is Kebnekaise, which stands 2,104m (6,903ft) above sea level and is part of the Scandinavian mountain chain on the Norwegian border. In the far north, Sweden’s portion of Lapland extends well into the Arctic Circle, with the northernmost outpost of Swedish civilisation to be found in the tiny Lappish town of Treriksröset on the three-way border between Finland, Norway and Sweden. The country’s southernmost point is the small fishing village of Smygehuk on the Baltic coast, close to the tiny city of Trelleborg in Skåne County.

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    Key facts

    Area: 449964 sq km (173732 sq miles).

    Population: 9.8 million (2015).

    Population density: 21.4 per sq km.

    Capital: Stockholm.

    Government: Constitutional monarchy.


    The main language is Swedish but Sámi (Lapp) is spoken by the Sámi population in the north. There are also Finnish, Meänkieli, Romani and Yiddish-speaking minorities. English is taught as the first foreign language from an early age.


    Swedish Krona (SEK; symbol kr) = 100 öre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of kr10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 öre.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin continental plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Flexible working hours are a widespread practice with lunch between 1200 and 1300. Normal office hours are 0800-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.


    Nyårsdagen (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Trettondedag jul (Epiphany): 6 January 2019
    Långfredagen (Good Friday): 19 April 2019
    Påsk (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Annandag påsk (Easter Monday): 22 April 2019
    Valborg (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Kristi himmelfärds dag (Ascension Day): 30 May 2019
    Sveriges nationaldag (National Day): 6 June 2019
    Pingstdagen (Whit Sunday): 9 June 2019
    Midsommardagen (Midsummer’s Day): 22 June 2019
    Juldagen (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019
    Annandag jul (Boxing Day): 26 December 2019


    Nyårsdagen (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Trettondedag jul (Epiphany): 6 January 2020
    Långfredagen (Good Friday): 10 April 2020
    Påsk (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Annandag påsk (Easter Monday): 13 April 2020
    Valborg (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Kristi himmelfärds dag (Ascension Day): 21 May 2020
    Pingstdagen (Whit Sunday): 31 May 2020
    Sveriges nationaldag (National Day): 6 June 2020
    Midsommardagen (Midsummer’s Day): 20 June 2020
    Juldagen (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020
    Annandag jul (Boxing Day): 26 December 2020

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Gothenburg’s main mode of public transport is the tram – a slow but inexpensive way to see the city. Buying tickets from drivers was banned in 2009, so all must be purchased beforehand. Although single fares are available, it’s usually easier to pick up a Västtrafik card which lasts for one, three or seven days and allows you unlimited travel. The same ticket also covers Gothenburg’s extensive bus network.


    Cabs are easy to pick up but are eye-wateringly expensive and unregulated which means, fare-wise, almost anything goes. Taxi Göteborg (tel: (031) 650 000; www.taxigoteborg.se) is the main provider.

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    Nightlife in Gothenburg


    Main boulevard Avenyn (full name: Kungsportsavenyn) is where most of the action happens, thanks to its huge array of bars, pubs and clubs.

    The Haga Old Town is also well worth a visit while the pretty Linné district boasts a selection of upmarket wine bars.

    Hey It’s Enrico Palazzo

    Sockerbruket 20‎
    414 51 Gothenburg
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    Despite the bizarre name, Hey It’s Enrico Palazzo does great cocktails and good live music.

    Sticky Fingers

    Kaserntorget 7
    411 18 Gothenburg
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    Give the death metal-dedicated bottom floor a miss and head up to the second floor instead.

    Bitter Bar & Matsal

    Linnégatan 59
    413 08 Gothenburg
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    The biggest selection of beers and spirits in Gothenburg and the longest bar to serve it from.


    Kungsparken 1
    411 36 Göteborg
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    Complete with a rooftop terrace and upmarket décor, Push is Gothenburg’s coolest club.

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    Restaurants in Gothenburg


    Thanks to its seaside setting, seafood tops the bill at the majority of Gothenburg’s restaurants and so it should – the langoustines are some of the best in the world.

    Elsewhere, fresh organic fare is a top priority although there are plenty of less high-minded pig-out spots should you be so inclined.


    Norra Hamngatan 10
    411 14 Gothenburg
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    Price: Expensive

    Scandinavian fusion with plenty of fish and a quirky little bar attached.

    Wasa Allé

    Vasagatan 24
    411 24 Gothenburg
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    Price: Expensive

    Beautifully presented seasonal fare with organic ingredients sourced from the local area.


    Viktoriagatan 12
    411 25 Gothenburg
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    Price: Moderate

    Once called Kock & Vin, now Koka: Traditional cooking from West Sweden served up with a dash of French flair.

    La Sombrita

    Linnégatan 23
    413 04 Gothenburg
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    Price: Moderate

    A lively and fun tapas restaurant with a convivial atmosphere.

    Joe Farelli's

    Kungsportsavenyen 12
    411 36 Gothenburg
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    Price: Cheap

    If you’ve had enough of organic treats, Joe Farelli’s burgers and pizzas will be just what you need.

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    Calendar of events

    Gothenburg International Film Festival

    25 January – 4 February 2019

    Venue: The festival takes place across 14 venues around Gothenburg

    Attracting a mix of directors, filmmakers, critics, producers and film fanatics, this annual event presents a great selection of non-mainstream films from around the world. Now over a week long, the festival also includes seminars and workshops, as well as the popular opening- and closing-night parties. The first Gothenburg Film Festival was held in 1979 and screened just 17 films to some 3,000 visitors. The event has since grown to become the biggest public film festival in Scandinavia and screens over 400 films and attracts more than 110,000 visitors.

    Gothenburg Boat Show

    2 – 10 February 2019

    Venue: Svenska Mässan

    The huge Gothenburg Boat Show takes over two floors of the Swedish Exhibition Centre with stalls flaunting the latest super yachts, motorboats, canoes, kayaks and inflatables. In keeping with the aquatic-based theme, there will be diving, fishing and water sports advisors onsite, as well as a host of activities from to radio-controlled boats and trial pools to a Treasure Island fun zone for children. The final of Sweden’s largest youth yacht race, Little Tjorn Around, will conclude here too.

    Gothenburg Basketball Festival

    30 May – 2 June 2019

    Venue: Various basketball courts around the city

    Each year, some 7,000 fresh-faced Michael Jordans from 20 countries make their way to Gothenburg for the world’s largest youth basketball tournament. Played on 30 courts across the city, this contest has been running for over three decades, with competitors all under 20 years old.

    Gothenburg International Book Fair

    26 – 29 September 2019

    Venue: Swedish Exhibition Centre

    The biggest event of its kind in Scandinavia, the annual Gothenburg International Book Fair attracts a mix of authors, publishers, agents, teachers, librarians and book lovers. Primarily a networking event for the publishing industry, the fair is nonetheless a delight for any literary enthusiast and provides a great opportunity to browse through the many books on display, including works by established writers as well as titles by new and emerging talents. There are also a number of seminars and readings led by some the world’s best-loved authors.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Gothenburg


    Central Gothenburg has a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, from boutique boltholes and fancy five-star sanctuaries to hip hostels and home stays.

    Pricier hotels are dotted around the Central Station with plenty more options across the other side of the Stora Hamn Canal.

    Clarion Hotel Post

    Drottningtorget 10
    411 03 Gothenburg
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    Category: Expensive

    A glamorous cream stucco edifice with vast, stylishly decorated rooms.


    Stora Badhusgatan 26
    411 21 Gothenburg
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    Category: Expensive

    Set over 12 floors, Riverton has incredible views of the harbour.

    Grand Hotel Opera

    Nils Ericsonsgatan 23
    411 03 Gothenburg
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    Category: Moderate

    Despite its historic exterior, Grand Hotel Opera is almost ludicrously sharp within.

    Hotel Barken Viking

    Lilla Bommens Torg 10
    411 04 Gothenburg
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    Category: Moderate

    A ‘Viking’ ship moored in Gothenburg harbour that has been turned into a 29-room hotel.

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    Climate and best time to visit Gothenburg

    Balmy in summer and icy in winter, Gothenburg is at its most lovely during the summer months when visitors can make the most of the many outdoor activities on offer, as well as the gorgeous Gothenburg archipelago. That’s not to say there’s nothing to do in the winter however: with scores of museums, shops galore and a beautiful Christmas market, Gothenburg really is a year-round destination.

    Climate & best time to visit Sweden

    Like neighbouring Finland and Norway, Sweden experiences extreme cold in the winter, particularly in arctic regions, and gentle heat in the summer with temperatures hitting highs of around 30 degrees celsius in the south. The bitter cold and long hours of winter darkness make travelling difficult; particularly if you’re planning outdoor activities, although one of the big upsides of the freezing weather is the myriad opportunities for getting involved in winter sports.

    Sweden’s cities, too, are great fun during winter, with glögg (mulled wine) sellers on every corner, while in the arctic north the winter months go hand in hand with the chance to see the Northern Lights. Coastal areas enjoy a gentler climate thanks to the temporising effects of the Gulf Stream but winters can still be unpleasantly cold and significantly rainier than in the north. The flipside is that southern summers are correspondingly hotter, which gives visitors the chance to really make the most of the wonderful beaches. Like Norway and Finland, summer days tend to be long in the extreme, with the midnight sun shining during northern summers. During winter, daylight hours are few, with total darkness reigning during the long arctic winter.


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    Telephone & Internet

    Country code: +46

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Gothenburg

    Key Areas

    Gothenburg’s main shopping area is Vallgraven, where you’ll find fashion galore, among them the ubiquitous European and American high-street chains. Along Vallgatan and Magasinsgatan nearby there are several design, furniture and arts and crafts shops as well as restaurants and cafés. Exclusive fashion shops and art galleries line the city’s main boulevard, Avenyn, and the Linné district just to the west of it, is the place to go for arts and crafts, antiques and vintage emporia.


    Kungstorget boasts a lively market square, which local vendors use as a base for selling fresh produce year round. The Feskekörkan (Fish church) is also well worth a visit.

    Shopping Centres

    Nordstan, with 200 stores, is to be found in Vallgraven, near to fashion mall, Arkaden. For a more upmarket experience, try department store NK.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed. It is customary for the guest to refrain from drinking until the host makes a toast. The guest should also thank the host for the meal by saying tack för maten (thank you for the food).

    Casual dress is acceptable for everyday occasions; smarter threads are worn for social occasions, exclusive restaurants and clubs. Evening wear (black tie) will usually be specified when required. Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Sweden is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from roadside stalls. In most cases, Swedish food tends to be safer than that produced in other countries, thanks to the Swedish National Food Administration’s tough rules on pesticides and additives. Sweden also enforces tough rules on misleading food marketing claims, which means – provided you can translate the Swedish text – that you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises when picking up food in supermarkets. Tap water is also safe, although drinking from streams, lakes and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation recommends vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis regardless of the destination. If you intend to participate in winter sports, make sure your travel insurance policy covers it as many will refuse to pay out should you take ‘unnecessary risks’ – under which heading come many of the country’s most popular winter sports; skiing and snowboarding included. While Sweden’s mild summers pose little risk for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, its arctic winters are a different story. With temperatures regularly dipping below zero (to as low as minus 30ºC in northern regions), care needs to be taken when participating in outdoor sports during the colder months. Extra layers, including thick woollen hats and gloves, are essential and it’s also worth carrying a small supply of food and fluids should you get into trouble.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Berlin , Klas Örjan
    Dalgangsliden 7
    SE-413 39 Möndal
    Tel. +46-31-3428252

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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