Gothenburg Municipality

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Gothenburg Municipality
Göteborgs kommun
Coat of arms of Gothenburg Municipality
Göteborg Municipality in Västra Götaland County.png
Coordinates: 57°42′N 11°56′E / 57.700°N 11.933°E / 57.700; 11.933Coordinates: 57°42′N 11°56′E / 57.700°N 11.933°E / 57.700; 11.933
CountyVästra Götaland County
 • MayorAxel Josefson (M)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
 (November 11th, 2019)[1]
 • Total578,327
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceVästergötland and Bohuslän
Municipal code1480
Gothenburg fish market

Gothenburg Municipality (Göteborgs kommun or Göteborgs stad) is a municipality in Västra Götaland County in western Sweden. Its seat is located in the city of Gothenburg.

The major part of the Gothenburg urban area (Göteborgs tätort) is situated within the municipality, but there are also some other localities as well as rural areas.

When the first Swedish local government acts were implemented in 1863 the City of Gothenburg, founded and chartered in 1621, became a city municipality with an elected city council (stadsfullmäktige). Its territory has since then been added through amalgamations in 1868, 1906, 1922, 1931, 1945, 1948, 1967 and 1974. The local government reform of 1971 made the city a unitary municipality, like all others in the country. The municipality prefers, however, to style itself Göteborgs stad (City of Göteborg[3]), whenever legally possible.

In March 2018 it was reported that the municipality and municipality-owned companies had 236 employees working with public relations (Swedish: kommunikation), more than Stockholm, to a cost of 400 000 SEK daily or 151 million SEK annually.[4][5]


Politics and government[edit]

The municipality has a municipal assembly (kommunfullmäktige), consisting of 81 members, elected for four years. There are ten political parties represented in the council elected in 2018:[6]

Name Ideologies
Political alliance Seats +/-
S Swedish Social Democratic Party


Social democracy
17 / 81
DEM Democrats


Centrism, Liberalism[7]
14 / 81
M Moderate Party


Liberal conservatism Alliance
12 / 81
V Left Party


Socialism Red-green-pink Coalition
11 / 81
SD Sweden Democrats


Right-wing populism
7 / 81
L Liberals


Liberalism Alliance
6 / 81
MP Green Party


Green politics Red-green-pink Coalition
6 / 81
C Centre Party


Liberalism, Agrarianism Alliance
3 / 81
KD Christian Democrats


Christian democracy Alliance
3 / 81
FI Feminist Initiative

Feministiskt Initiativ

Radical feminism Red-green-pink Coalition
2 / 81

Following the 2018 municipal elections, neither traditional coalition of parties (the Alliance and the Red-Greens) was able to obtain a majority in the municipal assembly. The newly-formed Democrats party, whose primary campaign promise is to stop the construction of the West Link, obtained 14 seats in the assembly, making it the second-largest party. The Green Party and the Left Party announced on 6 November that they would draft their own municipal budget together, along with Feminist Initiative - thus abandoning their traditional cooperation with the Social Democrats. This has been recognized as the three parties forming a local political alliance which has been referred to as the Red-green-pink coalition.[8]

The municipal executive committee (kommunstyrelsen) has 13 members, representing the six parties from the two major political coalitions who have seats in the assembly.

The chairwoman of the municipal assembly is Åse-Lill Törnquist (MP) and the chairman of the municipal executive committee (sometimes titled mayor) is Axel Josefson from the Moderate Party.

List of mayors[edit]


In 1990 the municipality was subdivided into 21 stadsdelsnämnder (district boards), sometimes translated to boroughs, which they really are not. In 2009 the two district boards of Frölunda and Högsbo were joined together. It has been decided that from the start of 2011 many more will be joined together leaving 10 new district boards. The boards carry responsibility for primary school, social, leisure, and cultural services within their respective areas. In the election of 1998 three boroughs (Askim, Torslanda and Älvsborg) held local referendums on forming their own municipalities, but their petitions were rejected by the government of Sweden.


International cooperation[edit]

The cooperation with the South African Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (established in 1998) is a partnership fostering development of common fields of interest such as solid waste management, public libraries, sport and tourism. Gothenburg had signed an agreement with Shanghai in 1986 which was upgraded in 2003 to include exchanges in culture, economics, trade and sport. However, the agreement was allowed to lapse in 2020.[9]

See also[edit]


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  1. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 30 september 2019 och befolkningsförändringar 1 juli–30 september 2019. Totalt".
  2. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  3. ^ Göteborgs Stads designprogram Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine (in Swedish)
  4. ^ Nyheter, SVT (2018-03-30). "Publicering kring kommunikatörer upprör – SVT svarar på kritiken". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  5. ^ Nyheter, SVT (2018-03-27). "Göteborgarnas nota: Nästan en halv miljon – om dagen". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  6. ^ "Valresultat för Kommunvalet: Göteborg". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  7. ^ ""Demokraterna kan orsaka politiskt kaos"". (in Swedish). 23 June 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  8. ^ TT. "S ställs utanför nya blocket i Göteborg | SvD". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  9. ^ "Gothenburg axes twin city agreement with Shanghai as Sweden closes all Confucius Institutes". 24 April 2020.

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