A world-class growth region

The Gothenburg region is a world-class growth region. Several comparisons rank the region high internationally in terms of competitiveness and future potential. Initiatives in areas such as infrastructure aim to strengthen our position as a sustainable region in which to live and work.
Growth region

There are many examples illustrating the Gothenburg region's positive development. Since 2000, the population has increased by 152,000 people and is expected to pass the million mark in 2017. Parallel to this, more than 102,000 new job opportunities have been created and today the region has a broad spectrum of trade and industry encompassing more than 750 different industries.

Strategy for growth

In order to meet trade and industry's changing needs and to strengthen the region's competitiveness, the Gothenburg region has adopted a strategy for sustainable growth. By 2030, the local labour market shall encompass 1.75 million inhabitants. Housing and offices are to be built and public transport is to be strengthened through infrastructure initiatives. Billions of Swedish kronor are to be invested in, for example, the West Swedish Agreement, which will link all of Western Sweden, and a high-speed rail link between Borås and Gothenburg.

Rankings in different comparisons:

Number one in Sweden: During the period 2000–2015, annual growth in gross pay was strongest in the Gothenburg region at just over three percent per year.  An increase in gross pay indicates, for instance, that more people are in employment and that companies are paying higher wages.
Tenth place: When the research institute BAK Basel compared Europe's metropolitan regions, the Gothenburg region was ranked tenth out of 117 as regards future growth potential.
Sixth place: The Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index 2014 ranks the region sixth out of 125 regions. This means great potential for developing new ideas and companies.
Ninth place: Among European cities and regions, Gothenburg is ranked ninth out of 468 when it comes to the best IT and logistics infrastructure.
Twelfth place: In the World's Most Inventive Cities ranking, Gothenburg came twelfth out of 250 cities.


Did you know that…

…the Gothenburg region's economic development has grown 30 percent in the 2000s? Parallel to this, the population has increased thirteen percent while our carbon dioxide emissions have remained unchanged.
…61 percent of Sweden's total investments in R&D in the automotive industry are made by companies in the Gothenburg region?
…at least 40 percent of journeys in the Gothenburg region are to be made by public transport come 2025?
…the Gothenburg region shall gain 105,000 new homes for 240,000 inhabitants and 110,000 new workplaces by 2035?
Source: Business Region Göteborg


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