Gothenburg Basics



Sweden is a large country, so when to comes to weather, what is true for one city, mat not be true for the other. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the climate is generally temperate. In Gothenburg the climate differences between summer and winter are not so extreme, due to the proximity of the sea. The winters are not that cold as one might imagine, rather about 0°C/32°F degrees, with the average winter climate actually being above this. The summers are not too hot either, about +20°C.

Crime & Safety

Crime rates in Gothenburg vary, but one can say that the city is moderately safe, as is the whole of Sweden. As Teleport reports, gun death rate is 1.47 per 100k annually, and taking Gothenburg's population into account, that means every 29 days, 11 hours, 4 minutes and 11 seconds there is a gun death. They even have an estimated countdown to the next death, creepy. So perhaps plan your trip sometime in the middle of these 29 days. All jokes aside, Gothenburg is a small city and the locals are rather friendly. However, you should take necessary precaution and be on the lookout for scammers, as anywhere else, simply because better safe than sorry. In case you need them, you can reach Gothenburg Police at 114 14 or 112.

Hospitals & Pharmacies

In case of an emergency, you should call 112. All info about Swedish healthcare you can find on, the official site, as well as call their number to receive instructions regarding your specific situation, whether it be pregnancy, children's health or anything else.

Get Connected: Internet & WiFi in Gothenburg 

There are a few spots in Gothenburg where you can get free Wi-Fi.  Göteborg Landvetter Airport has free Wi-Fi, but only 3 hours or a maximum of 100MB data. You can get free Wi-Fi on the Central Station, with no limits, as well as in Gothenburg Tourist Centre. If not, you can get free Wi-Fi in many restaurants and cafés.

Public toilets

Most public toilets in Gothenburg charge a fee in order to aintain optimal hygiene level, so it's best to have a few five and ten kronor coins with you.


Currency used in Sweden is Swedish Krona, (plural Kronor), and it's the only currency you can use in cash, since Sweden has not yet ratified the Euro treaty. Krona comes in coins (1, 2, 5 and 10 kronor) and in banknotes (20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kronor). You can pay with almost any credit card (with some exceptions for American Express) almost anywhere.

Can you drink the tap water

When it comes to tap water, you should know that the whole of Sweden has excellent water, and same goes for Gothenburg. So drink as much as you can while here, it's possibly better than bottled plus there's no unnecessary plastic.

Tourist Card: Gothenburg Pass

Gothenburg Pass is a useful thing to get when you arrive here, as it provides you with free entry to over 30 sights in the city. You can order the card online, and it will be sent to your phone, get it shipped, or just take it in Gothenburg. All info can be found on their website

Speaking Swedish

Even though the official language in Sweden is Swedish, most people here speak English, especialy the younger generations. However if you wish to learn a few words just in case, here are some of the most useful words and phrases:
“Hej” - “Hello”
“Hej då/Adjö” - “Goodbye”
“Förlåt/Ursäkta mig” - “Excuse me”
“Talar du engelska?” - “Do you speak English?”
“Ingång” - “Entrance”
“Utgång” - “Exit”
“Tack” - “Thank you”


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