Goteborg, Sweden’s second largest dty and largest port is situated on the Swedish west coast of the archipelago, a city from the 17th century surrounded by channels -a reminder of the Dutch architects who built the city. Goteborg’s close relationship to the sea and shipping can be traced as far back as the 10th century, when the Viking fleets habitually made the mouth of the Gota River their rendez-vous, as they set out on voyages of exploration. Stone Age remains have been discovered within the city boundaries revealing an even earlier settlement, but today’s city was founded by warrior King Gustavus Adolphus in 1621.
The city is now the principal port of Scandinavia, as well as one of the largest in Europe, playing an important role in the country’s export trading. Not only is it the home of Volvo, Sweden’s largest automobile manufacturer, but it is also the headquarters of the giant SKF ball bearing manufacturers and the country’s most important shipbuilding center. The famous Hasselblad ‘space’ camera is also manufactured here – right in the center of the city. But Goteborg is more than just a bustling port on the Kattegat, it is a garden city at the center of Sweden’s summer playground – at the southern end of the lovely, coastal province of Bohuslan with it’s 3000 islands and skerries. The total population is approximately 432,000.