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Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg (also known as Göteborg) is a chilled, cosmopolitan port on the west coast of Sweden. It’s the country’s second-largest city, and it’s garnered a well-earned reputation for its highly proactive environmental work. Gothenburg can boast a long relationship with the Tall Ships Races – in 2016 it welcomed the fleet for the fifth time since 1968.

The port is nestled within the unique Kattegat – a beautiful body of water that’s shaped by the Jutlandic Peninsula and the Straits of Denmark. You can expect to come across several stunning, 17th-century canals in the city, along with boutique shops, neoclassical and modern art and architecture, and trendy cafes and bars.

In 2013, Forbes named Gothenburg as the 12th most inventive city in the world. It’s also known for hosting some of the biggest and most exciting annual events in Sweden – the Volvo Ocean Race will stop over again in 2017-18.

Gothenburg is committed to sustainability and the environment ­– the Port Authority has been a carbon-neutral company since 2015. The Port of Gothenburg is the largest in the Nordic countries. This makes its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of shipping and its dedication to sustainable transport all the more important.

“We are thrilled about hosting the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta in 2016. It is a great honour for Gothenburg to be able to give the extraordinary experience of a Tall Ships event to the passionate sailing fans in our part of the world.”
Max Markusson, Director of Events at Gothenburg & Co.