Information & Facts
Gothenburg has an Oceanic climate with moderately cool weather
in summer and comparatively cool winter weather. Temperatures are
quite mild yet warmer than places further south due to the
moderating influence of the warm Gulf Stream. Summer daylight hours
extend to 17 hours, but last only around 7 hours in late December.
Summers are warm with average high temperatures of 72°F (22°C) and
lows of 55°F (13°C), but temperatures of around 77°F - 86 °F (25°C
to 30°C) can occur. Winters are cold and windy with average
temperatures around freezing, rarely dropping below 14°F (minus
The compact city is easily navigated by foot, but a bus and tram
network also covers the city and is easy to use. The Älvsnabben
ferry provides services along the harbour and Padden boats tour the
canals. All public transport tickets are interchangeable and there
are a variety of travel cards available. There are extensive
parking facilities and motorists are advised to find a parking
space and explore the city on foot or public transport. The
Gothenburg City Pass is the most cost effective way of getting
around Gothenburg and of visiting the city's hot spots, offering
free travel on public buses and trams along with special discounts
and free entry to many museums and parks.
Swedish is the main language, with Lapp being spoken by
the Sami population in the north. Most Swedes speak and understand
English. Many also speak German and French.
The Swedish monetary unit is the Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK),
which is divided into 100 öre. Banks exchange money during business
hours from Monday to Friday. At other times money can be changed at
airports, ferry terminals, post offices and Forex exchange offices,
which are open daily. There are numerous ATMs throughout the
country, most of which accept MasterCard and Visa. Travellers
cheques and most major credit cards are widely accepted for payment
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last
Sunday in October).