Gothenburg, as the second largest city in Sweden, is well-known for being a friendly place that welcoming everybody. Furthermore, there is the largest university in Scandinavia in Gothenburg. That's why this city is a home to many students. Gothenburg is also famous for hosting the largest annual event in Scandinavia — Gothenburg Film Festival.
largest city in Sweden
largest city in Scandinavia
most inventive city in the world, according to Forbes
In Gothenburg, as in the whole country, health care system is available for everybody. Here is the list of the best hospitals in Gothenburg. There is one interesting fact that the maximum cost for visits to a doctor is SEK 1,100 for a year (so if it is more, you don't have to pay).
Medications are provided by pharmacies in Gothenburg. The maximum cost for prescription medication is SEK 2,200 for a year.
Public insurance is compulsory in Sweden for providing equal access to healthcare services. Private insurance is quite low in the country with 10% of the population covered. But this percent is becoming higher every year because the average waiting time for specialist treatment (due to public insurance) is near 35 days. More information here.
Higher education is free of charge for Swedish, EU/EEA, and Swiss citizens. From 2007 higher education became divided into three levels:
Before entering the university everybody has to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in Swedish and English. Here's the link where you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Gothenburg.
Gothenburg, as a city with oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild weather. Summers are warm and not hot, winters are cold and windy. July is the hottest month in Gothenburg with an average temperature of 16°C (61°F) and the coldest is December at 0°C (32°F). In Gothenburg snows occurs from December to March.
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Gothenburg, as a European city, is safe. Residents and travelers don’t have to consider any safety issues here. Gothenburg has a safety level of 59% safe according to Numbeo’s rating. Crimes rates in this relatively small city are very low. Furthermore, residents are always ready to help rather than do anything criminal in Gothenburg.
Numbeo Safety Index
Gothenburg, as a city with high-tech industries, is considered as the 12th-most inventive city in the world. There is a port in Gothenburg, which is the largest in Scandinavia. Furthermore, Gothenburg is a major industrial city. That's why a lot of expats move here from all over the world.
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