As the time started to tick 5 PM (17:00 hours) on New Year’s Eve, many Gothenburgers started to assembly on the riverside of the city especially at Sten Piren and Gothenburg’s Opera by the River Göta. Thousands of Gothenburgers, tourists and those from the surrounding areas of the city had gathered to witness the annual display of fireworks organized by the newspaper Göteborgs Posten (GP). The moment it was 5 PM fireworks exploded with a musical thud and the skyline was adorned with lights forming different shapes and in different hues.
Happy New Year 2020!
For many people who have gathered to witness the explosion of fireworks on the eve of the New Year 2020, it is not the first time. Some have been coming here for more than a decade and some for the last couple of years. Agneta a resident of Västra Götaland Region tries to visit Gothenburg every year during the New Year’s Eve if the weather is nice (not rainy, not snowy) because of the festive atmosphere.
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“It is lovely. I love my friends. The fireworks were fantastic, absolutely. It is lot of fun,” Anton Johannsson said. “The laws with fireworks are strict, it is hard for someone to put fireworks on a large scale.”
So many people gather here also because one cannot light fireworks these days because of the rules and that is why so many people gather here noted Clara Dunér. She said, “The fireworks here are often more beautiful than the fireworks put up by the private people. Gothenburg usually has more money than the most people have. And the government organises it very well.”
Another visitor to the riverside by Gothenburg Opera to see the fireworks said, “It is nice to meet people here, and talk and have fun.”
According to Goteborg.com the official visitor guide of Gothenburg aka Göteborg, and part of City of Gothenburg (Göteborgs Stad): “Every New Year’s Eve, the local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten offers a colourful fireworks display.”
An expat in Gothenburg noted that the fireworks looked exactly similar to last year probably the organisers had the same stock or the same programme running for this year’s new year’s eve.