Move to Gothenburg

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Students sitting on wooden seating area at Lindholmen

​On the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg is a perfectly sized ‘big little city’, with a population of around 570,000. It’s a contemporary and outgoing city, known for its friendly atmosphere and international vibe. Here’s plenty of cultural activities, a lively nightlife, and miles of natural green space, with forests, lakes, and a beautiful collection of islands, all within easy distance of the centre.

Chalmers’ two campuses, Johanneberg and Lindholmen, are right in the heart of Gothenburg, one on either side of the river, making the university well embedded into the life of the city. The friendly, welcoming attitude here will ensure you quickly feel at home – Gothenburg has previously been voted ‘the world’s most sociable city’. And the locals speak excellent English, so everyday life is usually pretty straightforward here.

It’s easy to get around, with the famous blue and white trams covering the whole city. And with more than 800 kilometres of bike lanes, cycling is also a popular and safe option. Known for its musical and artistic history, the city hosts many major events every year, including Scandinavia’s largest film festival, its largest book fair, and even the world’s biggest football tournament – the Gothia Cup.

Move to Gothenburg

Get information about what makes the region attractive, along with events and practical advice to facilitate your move to Gothenburg.

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The Swedish way

​Moving to a new country can be a great experience, and Sweden and the city of Gothenburg offer great opportunities for a life that is both safe and exciting. There is a lot to explore off campus and we’ll help you discover what’s available. Sweden is world-famous for its beautiful and clean nature, its modern and digital society, and its relaxed and tolerant way of life. Here, it’s easy for you and your family to make yourself a rich and comfortable life.

When working at Chalmers, you’ll experience the Swedish way of doing things. Sweden is known for its open, progressive thinking, its commitment to equality and inclusivity, and for its innovative approach to business and technology. Sweden has a unique business culture, which yields impressive results. Despite a small population of just over 10 million,

it is home to an impressive number of globally recognised companies, including Ericsson, IKEA, Spotify, and H&M. The working culture is very open, and non-hierarchical. This is as true at Chalmers as it is in Sweden overall. Sweden’s way of doing business has seen it ranked 2nd in the Global Innovation index 2020, and 9th in the Global Competitiveness index 2019.

But it’s not all about work. Balance is important here. When you work at Chalmers, you’ll see how seriously Swedes take their fun, how they value their social lives just as much as their work, and – what’s more – you’ll discover the true meaning of a Swedish fika.

Welcome to Sweden

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