Gothenburg in Sweden and in USA! And, Gutenberg in Germany


Gothenburg in Sweden and in USA!

And, Gutenberg in Germany

Gothenburg aka Göteborg is the second largest city in Sweden, and a popular destination for education, business & commerce, and tourism in Northern Europe (among the Nordic and Scandinavian countries).

The city is also a maritime town, and the remnants of maritime activity of the earlier centuries still reflect in the harbour part of the town. It is known as a trading and manufacturing city as well with its well-established infrastructure. The city is posed to have a cable car/gondolas as one of the means of transport in three years.

The city is located on Sweden’s west coast in the southwest lapped by North Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. Gothenburg is the only city in Sweden to have an international name otherwise its local name is Göteborg.

Gothenburg is a riparian city: at the mouth of the Göta River that embowels into the North Sea’s Kattegatt.

Gothenburg is the heart of Gothenburg region and the region is in the heart of Scandinavia and Baltic states. According to the city officials, the region is the gateway to a market of 190 million people. 70% of Scandinavia’s total industrial capacity is located within a 500 kilometeres radius of the Gothenburg region and 30% of Swedish trade passes through its port.

Gothenburg is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2021. Founded in 1621, today the city has more than half a million people. The city officials project the population to reach (from 533,000 to) 700,000 by 2035. The city has put plans in action to make it greener, cleaner and environmentally sustainable.

Gothenburg in the USA

Gothenburg is also the name of a small town in the USA located in Dawson country of Nebraska – one of the 50 constituent states (Hawaii and Alaska are not contiguous with the mainland of the USA). As the name of the town suggests, the town has Swedish heritage, and today has less than 4000 residents. It was founded by the Swedish emigrant Olof Bergstrom in 1882 who migrated to the USA in 1881.

While the American Gothenburg has registered negative population growth the Swedish Gothenburg is growing and rising: vertically and horizontally. A blogger blogged: “I am cocksure they were unaware there is a place name in the US called Gothenburg. But it is insignificant tiny town where nothing much happens, nor in anyone’s have-to-go-there list.”

Gutenberg in Germany!

The Mark Zuckerberg of 15th century was Johannes Gutenberg aka Johann Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (born in 14th century at Mainz in Germany – probably died on 3 February 1468 at his birthplace) was the inventor of the printing press.

Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, Project Gutenberg endeavours to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. It has over 56,000 free eBooks: a treasure trove of stories and histories. This project runs with the help of thousands of volunteers who also proofread the texts.