Gothenburg

We will be talking quite a bit about Gothenburg in this blog. It is the second largest city of Sweden and the gateway to West Sweden. Gothenburg, or Goteborg as the locals call it, has a pulsing cosmopolitan vibe with top restaurants, shopping, nightlife and culture. But more on this later.

We found a promotional video on YouTube from Goteborg.com which gives a pretty comprehensive first look at the city. Enjoy!

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Daniel Forrester, Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Daniel Forrester, Volvo Ocean Race

It’s been called the Everest of Sailing, the Volvo Ocean Race, is a test of endurance for the bold sailors who during nine months cross the most demanding seas around the globe. Fortunately they are allowed to get ashore now and then and the 10th of June the boats will arrive at the picturesque Marstrand Island just outside Gothenburg.

Apart from being a center for sailing, the tiny island holds restaurants and hotels as well as a medieval street grid, the mythical Carlsten fortress from 1658 and grand buildings from the brilliant epoch in the late 1800s when the Swedish King Oscar II spent his summers here.

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West Sweden Defined

So what do we actually mean when we talk about “West Sweden”?

Well,  technically speaking the region consists of three areas: Dalsland, Bohuslan and Vastergotland. The busy coastal city of Gothenburg is the main gateway with half a million inhabitants and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. We’ll get into more details as we continue to explore!

Let’s start by taking a look at the map below to get a feeling of where we are! Also, if you click on the map it will bring you to WestSweden.com where you can browse the map interactively to find out more about sights, accomodation, events and fun stuf!

Please click on the map to explore more!

Please click on the map to explore more!

Welcome

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Dear Reader,

You have stumbled upon a brand new blog intended to raise awareness about West Sweden, a region that sits just southeast of Norway and northeast of Denmark.

We will try to unearth a bounty of culture, nature, gastronomy, adventure and history so that perhaps we can whet your appetite and curiosity about a hidden pearl in northern Europe.