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Founding of the city

Gothenburg first started being built in 1619 on the initiative of King Gustaf II Adolf, and it received its city charter in 1621. The city was built and organised by the Dutch and Germans, and during the 18th century it developed into a prospering shipping and trading city, partly thanks to the Swedish East India Company. The company’s first ship set sail from Gothenburg port in 1732, and the last in 1806. The industrial city then developed in the 19th and 20th centuries with technology and expertise from England and Scotland, and the economy expanded through worker migration from countries like Italy, Greece, the former Yugoslavia and Finland.

Photo (grid): Carin Rothell
Photo: Peder Jacobsson

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