Gothenburg is the second biggest metropolis in Sweden and is located on the west coast. The urban area has a population of 549,839 while the metropolitan area has 982,360 inhabitants. Though it is frequently caught in Stockholm’s shadow, Gothenburg really has a better appeal to tourists and locals than the bustling capital.
Gothenburg was founded in 1621, and since then, trade, shipping and international contacts characterized the burgeoning metropolis. In the 1800’s, Gothenburg became more industrialized, thanks to the arrival of English and Scottish businessmen. At this time, the locals were engaged in huge trade over the North Sea with England. Many Scotsmen and Englishmen became very wealthy including Carnegie, Chapman, Chalmers, Dickson, Hall and Keiller. Most of them donated a portion of their fortune to the city and this resulted in the establishment of a university, library and hospital. These people made a huge impression on the city and it was later dubbed as "Little London."
Modern-day Gothenburg, with its spacious parks, wide boulevards and stone buildings, was gradually built towards the end of the 19th century. Progress led to the creation of bigger shipyards in the 20th century, but activities slowed down at the end of the 1970's and the trade centers have been converted to offices and residential areas.
The best way to experience the glitz and glamor of Gothenburg is having a Göteborg City Card as it gives the bearer free admission to lots of entertainment, excursions, museums, and venues like the Liseberg amusement park. Parking and travel with buses, boats and trams are included. The card owner also gets shopping booklets with discounts in selected shops.
Swedish women have been portrayed in U.S. media as blonde bombshells, but this is not really the case. What you’ll see are chubby white ladies who are fixated on the hipster culture and believe that donning Chucks 24/7 is acceptable. Most of the attractive Swedish women are found in elite clubs and they are always delimited by a social circle teeming with whimpering beta males. If you happen to be in the city for a short stint only, your chances of getting to them are close to nil. Your best shot is at Sticky Fingers which is a two-story rock venue with pretty decent Swedish women who are passionate about American men.
Gothenburg’s red-light district, Rosenlund, is no longer an active red-light district of the city and has been cleaned up. Today, the sex shops and strip joints share the street with bars, restaurants, designer stores and small business establishments. Rosenlund is located in Tranemo Municipality of Västra Götaland County. A new group of prostitutes, mostly from Nigeria, has emerged in the area. It is quite difficult to find Swedish blonds willing to trade sex for cash. Majority of the blond hookers are from countries in Eastern Europe, and most of the prostitutes have resorted to online advertising, so it is extremely rare to see street hookers these days.
Rosenlund has seen a revival, with several bars and restaurants now open. This is not surprising as Rosenlund is also renowned for its great food tradition which was started by the local fish market about 150 years ago. A popular destination is the Market, which is best known for serving KoMex, a mix of Korean and Mexican street food like coconut fish tacos and steamed buns stuffed with seared tuna and hoisin pork.
A large number of criminal offenses against tourists are considered as crimes of opportunity such as auto-theft, bicycle theft, auto vandalism and pick-pocketing. To ensure safety, watch your bag and/or wallet in crowded areas. Don’t leave valuables in a cloakroom or in your car. Bear in mind that there is no need to bring along a lot of cash since most shops and major taxi companies accept credit cards and debit cards. Be extra careful in downtown Gothenburg especially at night as the area is notorious for illegal taxi operators. The northern fringes of the metropolis (Angered, Bergsjön, Hammarkullen, Kortedala) and the suburbs of Hisingenare are also known for high crime rates. But generally speaking, the crime rate in the city is relatively low from a global perspective.
This picturesque city is known for its chic bars and clubs, as well as strip clubs for stag parties.
A female activist who strives to empower other women in Malmskillnadsgatan stated that there has been a noticeable change in the streets; Malmskillnadsgatan is the area of street prostitution in Stockholm. Majority of the women engaged in commercial sex trade nowadays are foreigners, as the number of Swedish girls involved in this line of work has gradually dwindled. Most of the women in Rosenlund and Malmskillnadsgatan are from Romania and Nigeria, and they don’t speak the local language.
Since most of the prostitutes have resorted to using online sites for advertising, finding street prostitutes in the city is uncommon nowadays.
Here is a list of the clubs, their contact details and other relevant information:
Prostitution has limited legality in Sweden. Selling sex is not considered a crime, but buying of sex is. This has been strictly enforced since 1999. Buyers face penalties of up to six months in jail. The acts of pimping, acquiring and running a brothel are also deemed illegal. Live sex shows have also been banned.
In January 1999, the controversial Sex Purchase Act was passed to show that prostitution is unacceptable in Swedish society. Those who pay for or offer to pay for sex face a criminal offense, which is punishable by fine of US$1000 -2000 or a maximum prison stay of six months. Sweden is distinguished as the only country in the world that prohibits the buying but not the selling of sex. It is quite apparent that the government considers prostitution as a form of violence against women and children. Men who engage in buying sex are charged while the female prostitutes are regarded as victims who need help.
Another important thing to note is that an individual who buys sex from minors (i.e. under 15 years old) can be convicted of child rape. This is in accordance to Chapter 6, Section 4 of the Penal Code. Moreover, a person who buys sex from a minor aged 15 to 18 can be convicted pursuant to Chapter 6, Section 9 of the Penal Code.
Specific Laws for Gays
The rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community in Sweden have been considered as some of the most progressive in Europe and the rest of the world. Authorities legalized same-sex sexual activity way back in 1944, while the age of consent was made equal in 1972. Seven years later, homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder. Sweden also made the headlines when it became the first country to permit transsexuals to change their legal gender following sex reassignment surgery and transvestism was declassified as a type of disease. In 2008, transsexuality was declassified as a mental disorder and a law permitting transsexuals to change their legal gender without sex reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy was passed in 2013. After authorizing same-sex couples to avail of partnership benefits in 1995, Sweden became the seventh country to allow same-sex marriage in 2009.
Discrimination on the ground of gender identity and sexual orientation has been banned since 1987. In addition, gay and lesbian couples were allowed to adopt children in 2003, and lesbian couples were afforded equal access to assisted insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF) since 2005. Sweden has earned the distinction of being one of the most socially liberal countries in the world, with the latest polls showing that a vast majority of Swedes support the rights of the LGBT community.
The nightlife is one of the primary reasons why Swedes regard Gothenburg as the most popular city in Sweden. During summer, the streets and public squares transform into large restaurants and outdoor bars. You can enjoy a gastronomic treat and sample food and various cuisines from across the globe, including of course Swedish specialties. You can also relish a drink in a small café, take your chances in a casino or go dancing all night in a club.
The large clubs are located along the main boulevard, more locally-known as Avenyn, and they often have bars and dance floors spread across several floors. However, if you are after a laid-back ambiance, you should try Andra Långgatan, Linnégatan, Magasinsgatan or Vasagatan. Nightclub shows are popular, and Pustervik and Sticky Fingers have pop and rock bands playing several nights a week. You may also try Nefertiti, which offers a wide range of concerts, including jazz.
In general, Gothenburg offers a niche nightclub setting. It has a smaller but more intimate crowd and there are lots of clubs, pubs and dining bars, and in case you feel like dancing the night away, simply go to Avenyn, and party through the night.
Gothenburg is the first Swedish city to have a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) council and West Pride is almost on its tenth year. It is a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender cultural festival that started in June 2007. The annual festivity is organized by the Västra Götaland region and the Gothenburg Municipality, in cooperation with the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL) and other LGBT groups. It takes place at the primary cultural institutions in the city like the Röhsska Museum, the Museum of World Culture and the Gothenburg City Theatre. The locals are certainly open-minded and happy to welcome everyone in their tolerant city which puts a premium on equal rights.
While the LGBT acceptance across Sweden is high, Gothenburg is one of the most sought after destinations by gay and lesbian tourists. The primary reasons behind this are the active LGBT community and the city’s organized gay life. There are a number of gay meeting sites in Gothenburg, including cafés, clubs and bars, making the city a popular venue for several gay events. The locals are very kind and friendly, so everyone will certainly feel welcome. Moreover, public display of affection is totally acceptable.
Dance Clubs for Gays
The only permanent daily operational gay bar in Gothenburg is Gretas, and just like the majority of gay bars in Sweden, it is mixed, with roughly 30 percent of the patrons being lesbians. During weekends, particularly on Saturdays, Lollypop is a popular night venue. Castro Club meets take place every other Saturday, while SLM leather events are scheduled once a month. Parties at the Gay Straight to Hell are much anticipated and occur on the first Saturday of each month. Queer is another huge party and is typically scheduled on the last Friday of the month.
Other Gay Clubs, Sauna's and Massage Parlors