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A (very) brief history of Gothenburg

Trade, shipping and international contacts have characterised Gothenburg ever since it was grounded in 1621. In 1731, the Swedish East India Company began trading with the east. In the 19th century, Gothenburg became industrialised, largely due to the arrival of Scottish and English businessmen. Modern-day Gothenburg with its wide boulevards, parks and stone buildings was built towards the end of the 19th century. The shipyards grew large in the 20th century, but declined at the end of the 1970's and are now transformed into residential areas and offices for people to enjoy the harbour atmosphere.

More information about the city of Gothenburg can be found at:


Climate and weather

The climate in Gothenburg is varied, and each season brings its own charm! For weather forecasts closer to the time, please visit:



There are many hotels and hostels in Gothenburg, several are in very close proximity of the workshop site [see map].

We have negotiated special deals for the the participants of SemDial 2015: goDIAL at the following two hotels.

Quality Hotel Panorama, Eklandagatan 51-53, 412 61 Gothenburg, 875 SEK per night per room. To get this rate, please book **before 21 July** by phone +46317077044 or email reservation.q.panorama@choice.se and quote Gothenburg University and the following reservation number 2028R317416

Gothia Towers, Mässans gata 24, 402 26 Gothenburg, 1190 SEK per night per room. To get our conference rate, please use the following link to book: https://online.gothiatowers.com/reserve/e/promo/PROFLOV/2015-08-23/2015-08-24/avail

For other accommodation options, please visit www.goteborg.com/en/hotels/


Some nice restaurants located around the department are Tara’s (Turkish, http://restaurangtaras.se), Mr P (http://www.mr-p.se/Kontakt.htm), Pasquale (http://www.trattoriadapasquale.se/sv/kontakt), Mikado (http://www.mikadogoteborg.se/kontakt.html). Another option is to go to the district around Järntorget and Linnégatan where there are many bars and restaurants. For more tips, check out this guide http://www.goteborgnonstop.se/2013/06/25/48-hours-in-gothenburg-a-beginners-guide/

Travel to Gothenburg

Arriving by plane: You can take the airport coach from from Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Korsvägen, this takes approximately 25 minutes. The bus ticket costs 89 SEK, and you can purchase the ticket on the bus using a credit card or inside the airport terminal. Visit www.flygbussarna.se for more information.

A taxi from the airport costs 400–500 SEK. There are fixed fees to different parts of the town which is cheaper than going by the fare meter. Service is included in the price. Avoid unlicensed taxis.

Arriving by train: Look for train connections to Gothenburg either at www.sj.se or www.db.de. From Drottningtorget, right outside the central station, choose tram number 7 (towards Tynnered) and exit at Chalmers.

Arriving by boat: There is regular boat traffic to Gothenburg from Denmark and Germany, operated by Stena Line. For information about time schedules and prices visit www.stenaline.se

Arriving by car: E20 freeway northbound Stockholm/Oslo or southbound Malmö, or road 40 from Borås, or road 45 from Karlstad. Follow the signs to Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset.

Gothenburg has a compact city centre. Almost everything is within walking distance or easy to reach by tram, so you should plan to park your car. As you drive into Gothenburg electronic signs help you find a parking space and show how many spaces are available.

Travel in Gothenburg

Public transport

Trams 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 13 all stop at Korsvägen near the venue.

For more information see www.vasttrafik.se

You should buy a ticket in advance as you cannot pay with a foreign credit card or mobile phones on board. Trams have vending machines for cash. A single trip costs 25 SEK and is valid for 90 minutes from boarding. Travelling after midnight costs an additional 25 SEK. There are also different period cards.

You can buy tickets all over the city, including all Pressbyrån kiosks, and 7elevens.

Rent a bicycle

Gothenburg has a rental bike system called Styr & Ställ, with 60 stations around the city, including one just at Chalmers' main entrance. Buy a 3-day card for only 25 SEK. en.goteborgbikes.se/Subscription/3-day-Pass


There are several companies to choose from. You can phone for a taxi or hail one on the street. The driver should have a taxi ID card clearly displayed in the windshield. Service is included in the price. Avoid unlicensed taxis. We recommend:

Taxi Göteborg +46 (0)31–650 000
Minitaxi +46 (0)31–140 140
Taxi Kurir +46 (0)31–27 27 27

Page Manager: Monica Havström|Last update: 8/20/2015

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