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Organisation

The City of Gothenburg is governed by politicians elected by the citizens. During the mandate period 2014-2018 the Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party govern the city and form a majority in both the City Executive Board and the City Council.

City of Gothenburg’s organisation in brief

The City of Gothenburg is an organisation comprised of administrations and companies. It has a total turnover of 34 billion Swedish kronor a year and more than 50,000 employees.

The municipality is divided into 10 city districts. The district councils are responsible for community services for the people living in the district.

Services include municipal pre-schools, compulsory schools, care of the elderly, libraries, and accounts for three-quarters of the municipality’s total budget.

Organisation

Election Committee

The Election Committee is responsible for organising and carrying out parliament, County Council, City Council and EU Parliament elections, along with any additional elections and referenda.

The City Audit Office

The City Audit Office examines and assesses the operations of the City Council, the committees and the company boards to ensure, for example, that the assignments the City Council have decided on are carried out efficiently and purposefully.

Politicians work in different committees

The City Council decides which committees to have and elects members to them. The committees are responsible for the day-to-day work in the municipality, they prepare matters to be decided by the City Council and implement decisions made by the Council.

The municipality owns several companies

The City of Gothenburg has both direct and indirect interests in a large number of companies which provide everything from apartments to cultural experiences. Some of the companies are wholly owned, others are partly owned. Göteborgs Stadshus AB is the City of Gothenburg’s Group company and, therefore, the owner of all City of Gothenburg companies.

The city district committees decide

The city district committees decide on issues regarding libraries, pre-schools, compulsory schools, individual and family care, leisure activities and social care for the elderly and those with disabilities.

The city  districts carry out the services

Gothenburg is divided into 10 city districts, each of which has its own city district committee. The district councils implement and carry out services relating to libraries, pre-schools, compulsory schools, individual and family care, leisure activities and social care for the elderly and those with disabilities. So each district council is responsible for running the district’s libraries, pre-schools, housing for the elderly and so on.

The specialist administrations provide services

The specialist administrations are responsible for carrying out the work decided by the committees. Each administration is governed by a committee or board appointed by the City Council. The City of Gothenburg’s specialist administrations provide services, primarily in the fields of technical provisioning, transport, leisure, the environment, real estate/housing, culture and education.

The municipality owns several companies

The City of Gothenburg has both direct and indirect interests in a large number of companies which provide everything from apartments to cultural experiences. Some of the companies are wholly owned, others are partly owned. Göteborgs Stadshus AB is the City of Gothenburg’s Group company and, therefore, the owner of all City of Gothenburg companies.

A major employer

Approximately 34,000 of the City’s 50,000 employees work in the district councils. 84% of them are women and 16% are men. The City of Gothenburg’s specialist administrations and municipal companies have the same number of employees, with 7,400 each. Within the specialist administrations, 57% of employees are women and 43% are men. In the municipal companies men are in the majority, with 62% compared with 38% women.

The average age of permanent employees in the administrations is 46.6 years. Employees born outside of Sweden account for 22% in the administrations. There are more than 2,100 managers working for the City of Gothenburg. Managers born outside of Sweden account for 7.3% in the administrations.

Photo: Peter Svenson