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Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary

Färgglad illustration för Göteborgs 400 års jubileum

Gothenburg’s Jubilee celebrations kick off with a big Jubilee Festival June 2 – 5 at Frihamnspiren and continue all summer until September 3. The city will be filled with music and dance, food experiences, historical walks, innovations, experiences for young and old and much, much more.

When Gothenburg’s 400th birthday fell, in the middle of the pandemic in 2021, it was celebrated with a live official ceremony. Now it’s finally time to celebrate the anniversary together!

Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration in 2023 (

Montage of some highlights from Gothenburg's Jubilee celebrations 2 June - 3 September.

The City of Gothenburg decided early on that the 400th anniversary should be a catalyst and a milestone in the city’s development, where processes are set in motion to strengthen and contribute to making Gothenburg an even better city – to live and work in, and to visit.

Gothenburg 400 years is one of Gothenburg’s most essential vision missions. The work is based on a vision that is about making Gothenburg internationally known as a courageous role model for sustainable growth. A city that is innovative and open, an inclusive city where all residents feel meaning and participation.

A summary of what has happened so far

In 2009, Göteborg & Co was instructed to lead, co-ordinate, publicise and monitor the preparations for Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary. In 2011, the idea-gathering phase led to 1,680 ideas and suggestions from residents of Gothenburg. In 2013–2014, feasibility studies were carried out on a number of these ideas, and in 2015 the anniversary organisation recommended 20 anniversary initiatives to the City Executive Board for further development. Each anniversary initiative has a project owner in the city who is responsible for progressing the initiative. The city also welcomes outside initiatives in addition to its anniversary initiatives. The anniversary organisation regularly meets residents, companies, associations and other stakeholders in various contexts. This ensures that the process remains open and dynamic.

About Gothenburg’s 400th Anniversary (

Therese Brusberg

Director Gotheburg´s 400th Anniversary
+46 31 368 40 00