If you go to visit Göteborg and bring your own, quality bike, don't even think to leave it on the street even for a short time either locked or unlocked, while you go to some shop or somewhere else, for it most probably won't wait you there. It just happened to my boyfriend, in front of the window at the Chalmers University where he works. In the middle of the day. Just like that. The bike was in the yard, locked to the fence, not more than 7 meters away from him, when it got stolen. And he just started to enjoy riding to work every day. His new metallic titanium blue Kona Hoss is no more. Sad ... :(
Normally it’s very safe to see football in Göteborg. Although IFK Göteborg has the biggest group of hooligans in Sweden, you should be very unlucky to get in their way. The group is called “Wisemen” and has as a codex to not fight anyone who isn’t a hooligan.
But the codex isn't always followed by everyone, so if you come as an away supporter to one of their biggest rivals it might be a good idea to be a bit careful. Specially when IFK meets a team from Stockholm or Helsingborg it’s quite common with fights between two different groups of hooligans.
Almost never inside the stadium though. The Swedish hooligans normally decide before the matchday, a place where they can meet at have their fight. There have been examples of fights that have occurred in a total different city than there the game actually is to be played.
Also Gais and Örgryte have some problems with hooligan-groups, although they aren’t as many as the Wisemen.
But in 99,5 percent of the games in Göteborg it’s totally safe to go the stadium.
And if you go to a Häcken- or Frölunda-game it’s 110 percent safe… ;)
Another interesting fact we learned at the Volvo safety center:
Two couples were going out for a drive in one car. Of the couple in the back seat, the man did not want to wear his seatbelt. He didn't think they did anything to help. So they went out driving and, unfortunately, were in a horrible accident. Investigators determined that if each person had been wearing a seatbelt, they all would have survived.
Sadly, because the man in the backseat wasn't wearing his seatbelt, his flailing arms broke his wife's neck, and she died.
Don't forget to buckle up, okay?
If you happen to be there during some big political event or let's say, George W. Bush decides to come back (muhahaha), watch out for demonstrators! In 2001, during the EU top meeting, there were big protests, and unfortunately some led to big riots. Some people are just there to mess it up for others. Most demonstrations start at Göteplatsen/Avenyn, so stay clear of it if you don't wanna join them yourself. But nothing to worry about really, it doesn't happen so often.
JP Silke during the very 1st night there ... believe me or not I was sitting beside the bed with my shorts !!!!!!
So do not believe if anybody tells you Sweden is so cold ... JP Silke cannot be a trustable source :-)
Göteborg is pretty safe place, but take the usual care against pickpockets.
Central shopping area is somewhat unpleasant place to walk late in the evening when all shops are closed and streets almost deserted.
Also take a look of certain attractions at Liseberg amusement park BEFORE you buy a ticket for the ride since they have the tendency of turning the people upside-down.
This is a sign you will expect to see at some car parks, but not all. Make sure you don't park here, handicapped people might not be able to get about as well as some.
Lakerol is a trademark of wonderful gummy candies ... but ... but ... what u see in this pic is a flavour that nobody with a minimum taste can bear :-)
Please avoid awful Salmiak !!!!!
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