Welcome to Goteborgio.se. On this site, you will find a brief introduction to the city of Gothenburg, an overview of its history and information about its architecture, infrastructure and industries, with a particular focus on the entertainment, casino and gambling sectors. You can also browse through our other pages for a more in-depth look at Gothenburg during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Gothenburg – A City Overview
As Sweden’s second city (the capital being Stockholm), Gothenburg currently has a population of around half-a-million people, with around double that number living across the city’s wider metropolitan area.
Thanks to its strategic position on the south-west coast of Sweden next to the Göta älv River, Gothenburg enjoys the status of being the largest and busiest port city within the Nordic region.
Today, the city is best known for its port area, its abundance of universities, the Neo-classic architecture dating back to the 18th century and the network of canals originally laid by the Dutch during the 18th century.
Tourism also makes up a significant part of Gothenburg’s income, with millions of Swedes and visitors from other European countries coming every year. Some of the top attractions here include amusement parks, museums, galleries, fairs, festivals, and parks.
Gothenburg’s History: From 1621
Gothenburg’s history can be dated back to 1621 when it was founded by Gustav II Adolf (King Gustavus Adolphus). After a succession of smaller towns in the same riverside area were repeatedly destroyed, the then-king Gustav decided the watery marshland on the banks of the river needed a proper settlement. This would eventually evolve into a thriving port and become the modern, cosmopolitan city of Gothenburg (or in Göteborg Swedish) that we know today.
Gustav’s plan to build Gothenburg and create a lasting infrastructure involved the Dutch, a country which, at the time, was well-known for its skilled and relatively cheap labourers, many of whom were immigrants.
As a result, the foundations of the city took on many Dutch-inspired features, such as a network of canals, architecture and a grid-like street system resembling that of Jakarta (which they had previously built).
Thanks to this influx of foreigners to the region, the city was actually under partial control by the Dutch for over two decades. Only when the Dutch members of the city’s political council started to die off – around midway through the 17th century – did the Swedes regain control of Gothenburg.
Throughout the 18th century, both fishing and trade thrived in Gothenburg, which cemented its place as one of the busiest port cities in Europe. Commodities like sugar and tobacco as well as iron and wood were traded through the port, with the Swedish East India Company, at the time, controlling much of the imports from the Asian region.
While the city grew significantly over the 18th century, housing was typically built from wood which would be prone to fires. Most of the city that we see today was actually constructed in the following century after the government had placed a ban on all wooden buildings, stipulating all housing within the city’s inner moat must be built using cement. This is when well-known neighborhoods like Lindholmen, Lundby, Brämaregården and Rambergsstaden were formed.
Today, modern Gothenburg is characterized by the manufacturing and industrial sectors, which have both steadily risen alongside the decline of foreign trade and fishing.
Goteborgbio.se – History of Casinos and Gambling in Gothenburg
Gambling and, in particular, casinos in Sweden have a long history dating back to the end of the 19th century. Throughout the 20th century, the Swedish government moved to legalize and regulate various different forms of gambling, including horse racing, lotteries, bingo, sports betting/pools, slots machines games and cards games – normally played in casinos. All of these forms of gambling are still legal in Sweden and Gothenburg today.
Online players in Gothenburg can also use online casinos based in any country around the world. The regulations on online gambling for Swedish players stipulates that they must use a Swedish bank account, have a registered address in the country, and also set a weekly limit in terms of how much money they can use in any single online casino. Roulette is a popular casino game in Sweden, and a number of roulette casinos are available to players from Sweden. Additional information on the regulation of casinos within Sweden can be found in the Casinos Act, published in 1999.
Although gambling in Sweden has a long history, the casino industry is fairly limited, in that there are not actually many fully-operational casinos around the country, and locals tend not to use them too often.
In fact, today there are only four land-based casinos in the country, all of which are branded ‘Casino Cosmopol’ and owned by Svenska Spel. That said, additional gaming rooms – normally containing a limited amount of slot machines or arcade-style games – can be found throughout Gothenburg and the rest of the country. While some of these might be branded as ‘casinos’, their casino status is not official.
One of these casinos is based in the city of Gothenburg, along with others located in Stockholm, Malmo and Sundsvall.
The Cosmopol Casino in Gothenburg opened in 2002, and provides a mix of video games, classic card table games such as blackjack and cash poker games.
Historically, locals in Gothenburg also partake in other forms of gambling outside of the casinos. The most popular ways to bet are on sports fixtures (most commonly football matches) and other international sporting events.
This city of Gothenburg also has its own horse racing track in which betting is allowed by both Swedes and international visitors.
Aside from this, video slot machine games or ‘fruit machines’ can be found throughout the city in various entertainment establishments. Most of these are standalone machines setup in pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels offering limited jackpots.