Abbreviation for Gothenburg, Sweden


For the vast majority of Norwegians, Gothenburg will be the closest metropolitan destination outside Norway’s borders. Gothenburg has been among the favorite cities of the family’s youngest members for over eighty years. Not least thanks to Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, Liseberg, in the middle of the city. But Gothenburg can also offer a beautiful archipelago and idyllic canals, large green spaces, numerous and excellent restaurants, a dozen museums and an enchanting nightlife.

With only three hours drive from the border, Gothenburg is an excellent choice for a weekend trip from the Oslo area at any time of the year. Here, everything from families with children who are looking for fun and fun, couples who are looking for romance and friendships on lifts will find what they are looking for.

Gothenburg is, like Scandinavian cities, the most pleasant outdoors in the spring, summer and early autumn. Indoors, Gothenburg is a really cozy place all year round.

Get to know Gothenburg

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and is located on the west coast of the Västra Götaland region, and the city is divided into two by the Göte River and the Göta Canal. Gothenburg is a relatively young city. It was founded by King Gustav Adolf in 1621. With the help of Dutch city planners who had experience with constructions of canals and wetlands, Gothenburg became one of Northern Europe’s best-fortified cities, with a wide moat, solid city walls and fortifications. Gothenburg quickly became one of Scandinavia’s most important and largest port cities, a position it still holds.

In the 1900s, Gothenburg became one of Sweden’s leading industrial cities, not least because of the fact that large companies such as Volvo set up their headquarters here.

Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s largest university city, with over 60000 students, and thus the city also has a very lively and varied nightlife. Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is also held here every year.

Gothenburg and Acronyms


City Profile

  • Abbreviation: GOT
  • Country: Sweden

Nordstaden in Gothenburg

We can start from the district that represents for most visitors the first meeting with Gothenburg. In Nordstaden is the city’s railway station, Central Station. Outside the main entrance is Drottningtorget and many hotels, including SAS Radisson Scandinavia and the old Hotel Eggers. Next to the Central Station is the bus terminal, which was also designed by the Norwegian architect Nils Torp, and received the Swedish Kasper Salin Prize in 1996. The airport buses from both airports end here.

Just west of the bus terminal is the city’s largest department store, Nordstan, with over 180 shops and eateries. Here is also one of Gothenburg’s tourist offices, which helps you with both hotel reservations and general information. In the western part of the Northern City are some of the city’s oldest buildings.

Gothenburg founder Gustav Adolf stands on the shelf in the middle of the square that bears his name, surrounded by institutions such as the Exchange and City Hall. Also nearby are Gothenburg Opera, Tingsrätten, Kronhuset, Tyska Kyrkan and Gothenburg City Museum.

Inside the Vallgraven in Gothenburg

The northern city is bounded on the south by the Stora Hamn Canal, and below this lies Gothenburg’s core area Inom Vallgraven. The district, of course, got its name because it was within the moat that surrounded the town’s fortifications in the 1600s. The most important thoroughfare is Östra Hamngatan, which extends south to Kungsportplatsen, where it crosses into Avenyn. In this district you will find Gothenburg’s foremost shopping streets such as Kungsgatan, with the magnificent Cathedral, Fredsgatan and Korsgatan. In the southwest, between the Rosenlund Canal and Rosenlundsgatan, lies Gothenburg’s market hall for fish and shellfish, from 1874. Due to the building’s similarity to a church, it is called the Fish Church.

Haga in Gothenburg

On the other side of the canal is one of Gothenburg’s oldest districts. Haga was the first planned district outside the city walls, and was long regarded as a working neighborhood with low housing standards and simple pubs for workers, hippies and bohemians. Today, the area has become one of the city’s most sought-after residential areas, a popular shopping area and an attraction in itself. Many of the original old houses were demolished in the 1980s, but the restoration has tried to retain the old 19th century style. If you remember the TV series about scrap dealers Albert & Herbert, you already have a certain impression of Haga.

Vasastaden in Gothenburg

East of Haga lies Vasastaden, centered around the wide Vasagatan and its alley with a walkway in the middle and several nice eateries. Vasagatan eventually ends up in Gothenburg’s parade street Kungsportavenyen, which hardly anyone calls for anything other than Avenyn. Here it always buzzes with life from restaurants, cafes, pubs and nightclubs. At the southern end is Götaplatsen, with its beautiful Poseidon fountain. Around this, the city’s cultural life, represented by the Stadsteatern, the Concert Hall, the City Library and the Art Museum, dominates with the Hasselblad Center.

East of Avenyn in Gothenburg

In the areas east of Avenyn are the places that are perhaps best known to Norwegians. Here are the Gamla Ullevi and Ullevi stadiums. The latter was built for the Soccer World Cup in 1958. Here, some of Sweden’s football teams play, and artists such as U2, Rolling Stones, AC / DC, Robbie Williams, Pink Floyd and Metallica have held concerts here. South of Ullevi is the Norwegian sailor’s church, Scandinavium, an indoor sports and concert arena (where Bobbysocks won the Melodi Grand Prix in 1985), the Swedish Exhibition and Convention Center and the last but not least the amusement park Liseberg.

Gothenburg Facts

Gothenburg – Sweden’s second largest city.


Around 490000

Official languages


Control Form

Constitutional monarchy


Lutheran (87%)

Time Difference



Swedish kroner. 100 SEK equals around 85 Norwegian kroner. ATMs can be found everywhere, and the use of credit cards is as widespread as in Norway.


Around 10% is common if you are satisfied with food and service


Norway has a Consulate General in Skånegatan 16, with telephone 031-180509


Kungsportplatsen, and in Nordstans Shopping Center






220V as in Norway.

Holidays and Holidays

1 January, 06 January, Good Friday, 1st and 2nd Easter Day, Valborgsmässoafton, 1st Pentecost, Crisis Day, 06 June (National Day), Midsummer Eve, 1st and 2nd Christmas Day


Norwegian citizens do not need a passport or a visa to travel to Sweden


Nothing is required. Sweden has a good health care system, and Norwegian citizens are entitled to the same treatment as Swedish citizens in case of acute illness and injury.


The water can be drunk straight from the tap

Nearest major cities

Uddevalla, Trollhättan, Borås, Halmstad


Sweden is considered a safe country to travel in as a tourist, and can in many ways be compared to Norway. But as in all major cities, precautions should also be taken in Stockholm to prevent pocket theft.

GOT: Gothenburg, Sweden - Landvetter

List of Gothenburg Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Gothenburg is GOT which stands for Gothenburg. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Gothenburg, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

Abbreviation Meanings
GIBBS Gothenburg International Bioscience Business School
GSO Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
GOT Gothenburg, Sweden – Landvetter
GORE Gothenburg-Oslo Rail Express