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Fly to Gothenburg for:
- music festivals
- great nightlife with many international students
- divine freshly caught seafood at the nearby villages
Located on the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg is the country's second-largest city with a population of more than half a million (more than a million when surrounding districts are also included).
A major sea port at the mouth of the Göta älv river, it was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adophus and developed rapidly in the late 19th century and early 20th century when it became the industrial and commercial powerhouse of Sweden.
The city's climate is mild by Nordic standards thanks to the influence of the sea - the sea influences everything here - but venture inland and things soon cool down, meaning you can easily go skiing or hiking inland then return to your cosy room in the city for the nightlife.
Swedish is of course the dominant language, but don't be surprised to hear many other languages being spoken on the streets of Gothenburg. Around one in five of the city's population are immigrants and there is also a large international student population.
See and do
After winning fame as a seaport and industrial centre - carmaker Volvo was founded here and is still the largest employer - Gothenburg has carved out a new niche is recent years as a must-visit destination for lovers of fine food, and particularly seafood.
The 6-day arts festival each August is the highlight of the cultural year but there is plenty more to keep you entertained and stimulated all the time with a major opera house and concert hall while kids love the Universeum hands-on science centre and the Liseberg amusement park.
All along the Bohuslän coastline you'll find small towns and fishing ports bringing in the freshest lobster, oysters, mussels and prawns you have ever tasted. The town of Fjallbacka is a paradise for seafood fans and many hotels and restaurants even offer 'lobster safaris' in which guests catch their own dinner.
Even if you don't have time for a journey along the coast, a trip to Gothenburg's own nineteenth-century fish market is a must, for the church-like building itself as much as the delicious sights and sounds inside it.
As well as food, the stunning coastline of granite rocks and 8,000 small islands provides a perfect setting for many water sports from kayaking and windsurfing to sailing.