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Providing equal living standards

In a growing city there are also often major differences between the haves and have-nots, and this is evident in Gothenburg too. For most people Gothenburg is a good city to live in – but the differences in people’s living standards are increasing. More and more people have a high level of education, a good job and income, and good health. At the same time, however, an increasing number of residents have little education, uncertain employment, high unemployment, low income and poor health.

Reducing the gap and striving for greater equality in living standards to create a more socially sustainable city is a focus area for the whole city, politicians and officials alike. As Gothenburg grows, there are increasing demands on a long-term dialogue with residents to create a shared idea of how the city will develop. Collaboration with the business sector and other players is also crucial. All of us who live and work in Gothenburg have a shared responsibility to contribute to a fairer, more sustainable city and world – economically, socially and environmentally.

Gothenburg is also a Fair Trade City, which means that Gothenburg is committed to fair trade and actively working to increase the proportion of ethically labelled products. Twitter @ftcgoteborg.