10 Interesting Facts About Gothenburg

Facts About Gothenburg

Facts About Gothenburg

  1. Gothenburg is the second-largest Swedish city, after Stockholm.
  2. Gothenburg city hosts the Gothia Cup, the world’s largest youth football tournament, and the Göteborg Basketball Festival, Europe’s largest youth basketball tournament.
  3. Gothenburg was founded as a heavily fortified, primarily Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus.
  4. The city was named Göteborg in the city’s charter in 1621 and simultaneously given the German and English name Gothenburg. The Swedish name was given after the Göta älv, called Göta River in English, and other cities ending in -borg.
  5. In 2009, the city council launched a new logotype for Gothenburg. Since the name “Göteborg” contains the Swedish letter “ö”, they planned to make the name more international and “up to date” by turning the “ö” sideways. As of 2015, the name is spelled “Go:teborg” on a large number of signs in the city.
  6. The Gothenburg coat of arms was based on the lion of the coat of arms of Sweden, symbolically holding a shield with the national emblem, the Three Crowns, to defend the city against its enemies.
  7. Gothenburg is twinned with: Oslo, Norway; Aarhus, Denmark; Chicago, United States; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Turku, Finland; Bergen, Norway; Kraków, Poland; Rostock, Germany; Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa.
  8. Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf.
  9. The first officially registered resident of Gothenburg was actually a Dutchman.
  10. The Population of Gothenburg is 581,822, as of 2020. 
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Facts About Gothenburg
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