History of Gothenburg
Favorite thing: Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by the Swedish king Gustaf II Adolf. It was then surrounded by Danish and Norwegian land areas, and was from the start an important area for Sweden with the possibilities to Swedish harbours and the trade that could be built from here.
The city was actually founded first already in 1603, by the then Swedish king Karl IX, but the Danish bastards burnt it down, so well that it was not until in the 1900s that they found some proof of the city.
When they rebuilt the city in 1621 they got a lot of help and inspiration from Holland, which is why the canales have a dutch touch in the design. Also the fortress, Älvsborgs fästning, was built with help from the Dutch. With a huge harbour in the city the international shipping was the most important thing, and there were a lot of seamen from all over Europé. Actually both english, dutch and german were seen as official languages together with swedish at that time.
British fashion soon became fashion also in Gothenburg, and the city is even today also known as ”Little London”.
Today there is a statue of the city founder, seen at "Gustaf Adolfs torg" in the center. He's pointing, and according to the legend says "here will we build the city".
Gothenburg is the second biggest city in Sweden, with about 880 000 inhabitants with the suburbs included. It's the fifth biggest city in the Nordic countries, no matter if one counts the suburbs or not. The city hosts wellknown companies like Volvo and SKF.
Late in the 1900s the shipyard industri went down, and with that also a lot of shipyard workers lost their jobs. Gothenburg has since then changed more into a city of events, with sport events and trade fairs as the most popular.
Gothenburg has hosted both the World Cup and European championships in football, as well as World- and European championships in Atletics, World Championship in ice hockey and handball. Every year there are also a lot of exhibitions at Svenska Mässan.Related to:
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Favorite thing: This tip isn't exclusive for Gothenburg, it's for several parts of Sweden. One of the main sources of energy are wind farms. This one is south of Gothenburg on the road to Halmstad but you will find them all over the place as you travel around Sweden
Where to buy the ticket for the football game
Favorite thing: Hardly any games, except maybe for the IFK Göteborg-Örgryte derby is sold out. But there could be important game, specially for IFK Göteborg, at the end of the season, and then Gamla Ullevi might be sold out.
Tickets you can buy in advance at the supporter-shop at Berzeligatan, the ticket office at Scandinavium, Ullevi or via internet www.ticnet.com
Same for Örgryte, except for the supportershop.
Gais, Häcken and Frölunda? Just go to the stadium, it’s never sold out.
Favorite thing: Child safety is highly stressed by the Volvo engineers. This weighted helmet was provided for us to try on. It simulates how heavy a baby's head is on it's neck compared to how heavy an adult's head is. That's why rear-facing child safety seats are so important!Related to:
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The Lay Of The Land
Favorite thing: Sweden is a country which finds itself divided into 21 Counties. One of those Counties is Västra Götaland; located on the west coast which is then divided further into 49 Municipalities. Göteborg is the largest of these Municipalities, which in turn is divided into 21 Boroughs.
Sweden is ruled by a Monarchy and run by a Prime Minister.
A Swede gets "rewarded" by paying less at the Dentist if they have perfect teeth, and "punished" by paying more for the same work if they had a cavity at age 4.
There's still the question of who truly invented the zipper; Swedes or Canadians.
The list goes on and on.
It can all get very confusing without a drink in your hand. You figure it out,...at least I've given you a chart for Christ's sake. ;)
Some helpful adresses
Favorite thing: So, of use to anyone going to Göteborg, may be the city's official homepage at www.goteborg.se
For tourism info you can mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number to the tourist offices:
+4631-61 25 00
There are two of them, one locates on Kungsportsplatsen where the big Avenue starts, and the other within the huge mall-complex of Nordstan.
Also, the official Swedish tourism web-site is:
go out on the town and meeet...
Favorite thing: go out on the town and meeet some locals
Fondest memory: I went out one night just planning on enjoying a local band and writting in my journal,as soon as the band started three local girls said I looked bored and forced me to dance with them.Throughout the night others joined us and it was just like being among friends back home.Everyone I met made me feel welcomed and most of them spoke great english.
This is busy and pleasent sea...
Favorite thing: This is busy and pleasent sea side city.
Fondest memory: Though it wasn't funny at the time, my fondest memory is getting lost while driving around trying to find the ferry terminal on the morning we departed for Harwich. Also the ferry crossing in a furious North Sea storm was kind of interesting. It was sort of funny watching drunk people in the ships disco trying to dance while waves were crashing over the bow.
Favorite thing: I really don't remember why this giant car seat was sitting there, but I just *had* to sit in it. Yeah.Related to:
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Fondest memory: The monument note:
THE PEOPLE OF SWEDEN ERECTED THIS MONUMENT
MEMORY OF THE FIRST SWEDISH SETTLEMENT
ON AMERICAN SOIL AND GAVE IT IN CUSTODY
OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE
Look the friendly people, and...
Favorite thing: Look the friendly people, and nice girls!
Fondest memory: The beautiful woman in the train... he borned in Goteburg... She's fun, and... I love her and Goteburg.. hehehe
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