Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg, pronounced “Yutebori”) is the second largest city in Sweden with approximately 500,000 inhabitants (2011) in the municipality. It is situated on Sweden’s West coast at the outlet of the Göta river. With over 60,000 students Gothenburg is the largest university city in the whole Nordic region. Gothenburg has a reputation of being a friendly place, even more welcoming than the Swedish capital Stockholm. With its location beside the Göta River and its fantastic island archipelago, Gothenburg has close links with water. The small ferries make it easy to travel between the islands, which offer enchanting natural surroundings and delightful walks at any time of year.
Gothenburg is a city founded in the beginning of the 17th century by the Swedish King, Gustav II Adolf. It was once the center of the Swedish ship-building industry but with rising competition from foreign ship wharves, many of the dry docks had to close down. Much of the inner harbor area has changed from industrial ship building to high technology and education, representative of the general change in the city. Today Gothenburg has both international sporting events, concerts, and conventions at the same time as offering a small town feel.