Gothenburg named one of the world’s greatest places

Time Magazine has released its rankings for the world’s best places of 2021, and this year, its attention turned to a Swedish city on the west coast: Gothenburg.

Gothenburg named one of the world's greatest places
Trams in Gothenburg. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

The third edition of Time Magazine’s list of The World’s Greatest Places considered the difficulties faced by the travel and tourism industries during the pandemic and is a “tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate”.

Time’s reason for choosing Gothenburg included the events and exhibits held this year to mark the city’s 400th anniversary. It will include interviews with 100 locals about life in Gothenburg and will be displayed in a public square during September. It also highlighted the new developments in Gothenburg such as expanding its waterfront park Jubileumsparken (Centenary Park).

“More than a dozen new restaurants and bars have also opened over the past year, including Monopolet, with its five-course street-food menu, and Dugges Pils, a beer bar that serves everything from jackfruit tacos to wings with Korean ketchup,” wrote Michelle Tchea of Time.

It is the first time a Swedish city has been placed on the list, despite some nods to Swedish locations such as the Ice Hotel and the Tree Hotel in previous years.

“It is of course especially fun that both Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary and the investments being made in sustainability are included,” Peter Grönberg, CEO at Göteborg & Co, said in a press release.

Hisingbron (the bridge to the Hisingen island), which opened in 2021 was also mentioned by Time. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Several Nordic neighbours such as Helsinki in Finland and Oslo in Norway were also placed on the list, which is chosen through nominations from Time’s correspondents around the world.

“While it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore,” Time writes on their website.

For the full list, see Time Magazine’s list of The World’s Greatest Places 2021.

Why is everyone called Glenn in Gothenburg? Listen to the first episode of The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast (June 12th) to find out:

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The sun will now not set in northern Sweden until mid-July

It's the season of the midnight sun (midnattssol) when the sun remains fully above the horizon around the clock.

The sun will now not set in northern Sweden until mid-July

At 38 minutes after midnight on Monday, the sun rose in Karesuando, Sweden’s most northerly settlement, and will not now set until mid-July.

The midnight sun first arrived at the Swedish border on Saturday, and will now move slowly south towards the Arctic Circle until the summer solstice on June 21st, with the ski resort of Riksgränsen getting it on May 25th, and Kiruna, Sweden’s most northerly city on May 28th. 

Even if you do not live in an area that gets the midnight sun in Sweden, the days are still growing longer. Down in Stockholm, the sun is currently up for almost three-quarters of the day (more than 17 hours), and the same is true in Gothenburg, with Malmö getting more than 16 hours of sunlight each day.

The summer solstice, when the day is at its longest and the night at its shortest, is on June 21st.

Do you live in northern Sweden? Please send your photos of the midnight sun to [email protected], with ‘Midnight sun’ as the subject line.