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International relations

International contacts, new influences and new people are, and always have been, a strength for Gothenburg. The city’s future and its growth depend entirely on us staying at the forefront and collaborating with players around the world who can think of new ways and create opportunities for Gothenburg and other cities to develop. By being open to the world and collaborating with other cities and countries, we share our knowledge and experiences, and learn from the best.

Gothenburgs international relations in brief

  • Strategic sister-city agreements with Lyon, Shanghai, Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela BayMunicipality) and Chicago. Traditionally twinned with Scandinavia’s second cities.
  • Well established EU-related working methods and networks.
  • EU representation office in Brussels.
  • Triple-helix cooperation with well-renowned international science parks as clusters of innovation. Johanneberg Science Park, Lindholmen Science Park and Sahlgrenska Science Park.
  • Several EU-projects within the Smart Cities Initiative
  • Strong regional cooperation through organisations The Scandinavian Arena and Gothenburg-Oslo cooperation
  • The city of Gothenburg is a member of the European Green Digital Charter. The Green Digital Charter promotes progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.
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