Gothenburg and the west coast

Gothenburg is the largest city on the west coast of Sweden and the second largest city in the country. Gothenburg is the leading export city in Scandinavia given the large number of major companies with operations in the region. The city has an attractive city centre, a wonderful coastline and beautiful greenery both in the city centre and beyond.


Gothenburg has the strongest engineering sector in Scandinavia thanks to Chalmers Institute of Technology, which is located in the heart of the city and has 11,000 students a year. The Gothenburg region is also the leading export region in Scandinavia, which means an important role for the city’s airport and harbour. Gothenburg, like Sweden as a whole, has a healthy economy, with the creation of new jobs, while the number of lay-off notices is on the decline.

Business activity

Gothenburg is a shipping and industrial city and a hub for creative innovations spearheaded by Lindholmen Science Center. Major innovative companies are also located in the city. For instance, Volvo, SKF, SCA and Ericsson have their main offices in Gothenburg. A number of other internationally prominent companies in marketing, architecture, web design and film special effects also have their offices here.


Gothenburg is growing as a tourist city, and the capacity for bed-nights has expanded each year over the past ten years, with total growth of 30 per cent. Because Gothenburg is located on the coast, the large number of gourmet restaurants, many specialising in seafood, attract tourists to the city. There are four restaurants with Michelin stars.

Liseberg, the biggest amusement park in the Nordic countries, is located in Gothenburg and attracts some three million visitors each year. The city is also known for holding major concerts and events.

Göteborg Landvetter Airport 2017

  • West Swedens international airport
  • 6.8 million passengers (5.3 million of which were international)
  • 90 international destinations
  • About 3,500 employees in some 100 companies
  • Gothenburg and western Sweden are growing that places demands on increased access. We are therefore developing: expansion of the terminals, railway links, hotels, Airport City. This will create 10,000 new jobs