Growth strategy 2030

In order to meet future growth challenges, the Gothenburg region has adopted a long-term strategy for sustainable growth. A proactive, comprehensive regional and oversight plan is now under way to realise the strategy.

The overall goal is to become an integrated commuter region and regional market with 1.75 million inhabitants by the year 2030, and to significantly raise the density of the region. All to meet the changing requirements of trade and industry and to strengthen the region's competitiveness.

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2030 goals for growth in the Gothenburg region:

The number of inhabitants to increase by 10,000 per year.
The Gothenburg region shall gain housing for 180,000 new inhabitants and 110,000 new jobs.
Central Gothenburg shall create 60,000* jobs and housing for 45,000* people.

*Included in overall regional goal.

Size is important

The region's strategy for sustainable growth is based on comprehensive knowledge development regarding the attractiveness and motivations attached to modern, large, urban regions. The linchpin is research on what is known as "the new economic geography" showing that the size of a region's markets and associated diversity are fundamental to efficient resource usage, innovation and growth. Put simply – size and diversity provide economies of scale.

Key conclusions for the Gothenburg region.

  • That global competition rests more and more on competition between growing urban regions. International trade, economic renewal and growth are concentrated on ever larger urban regions. Our region must stand out in this competitive landscape.
  • That access to a large market is a distinct localisation benefit for both small companies and large companies. A large, growing regional market is accompanied by increased diversity and dynamism.
  • That large, dense regions allow for large-scale energy conversion, public transport and other systems which provide significant environmental and climate-smart benefits.
  • That urban regions' attractiveness depends on the core city's – and thus the region core's – size, density and diversity.
  • That trade and industry and the labour market become ever more dependent on knowledge and that creative environments and regions are united by openness, tolerance and trust.

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