Gothenburg – Europe’s new one million region

On 28 March 2017 the number of people living in the Gothenburg region will surpass one million. The number has a strong symbolic value, according to Business Region Göteborg’s Henrik Einarsson.

Around 50 years ago Gothenburg had about 456,000 residents and a total of 682,000 people lived in the Gothenburg region. The city was a heavy industry and ship building city and Volvo’s Torslanda factory started producing the new Volvo 140.

In early spring 2017 we will reach a population of one million people, where of 556,000 people live in Gothenburg. The old industry city has become a centre for strong clusters within IT and life science, at Lindholmen’s old shipyard area lies an international business park, and Volvo Cars are now at the forefront of self-driving vehicles.

“The population has increased by 150,000 people since the year 2000,” says Henrik Einarsson, head of the establishment and investment department at Business Region Göteborg.

“All of the purchasing power, all of the jobs and all of the knowledge means a great deal for regions in the form of increased growth. This is one of the reasons why the Gothenburg region has lower unemployment than Stockholm.”

That we surpass one million has a strong symbolic value, according to Einarsson.

“The number is important as it further highlights that we are a growth region and more people understand how fast we are growing. We are actually one of the leading regions in Europe in terms of growth and employment.”

The increase hasn’t just happened. It’s the result of a conscious strategy the Gothenburg region’s 13 municipalities have worked with since the early 2000s. The strategy has focused on densifying the region’s central areas and expanding the region via better transport infrastructure.

Major investments worth a total of 100 billion euros are being made in infrastructure and urban development and this is leading to more commuting and a population influx. Already today the region’s labour market consists of 1.36 million people and this expected to grow to 1.75 million people by 2030.  



  • In 2016 the Gothenburg region’s population increased by 15,086 people.
  • 28 March 2017 is the approximate day when the Gothenburg region’s population will reach one million.
  • The Gothenburg region consists of 13 municipalities: Ale, Alingsås, Gothenburg, Härryda, Kungsbacka, Kungälv, Lerum, Lilla Edet, Mölndal, Partille, Stenungsund, Tjörn and Öckerö.


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