City Member


Gothenburg Sweden


Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden with a population of 550 000. It is an attractive and multicultural city.

Its dynamic economy is supported by good infrastructures, international connections with two airports and one of the largest ports in the Nordic countries.

Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.

The city is also known for hosting some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia. Among others Gothenburg Film Festival is hold every year
in January and has now a reputation.



The municipality is responsible for

  • street lighting
  • decorative and architectural lighting
  • lighting for sports facilities
  • lighting for parks
  • festive lighting

The maintenance of the public lighting is devided into three areas in the city and outsourced through three 5-year contracts.

All activities are outsourced except the overall management for which the Urban Transport Administration is responsible.



Lighting master plan

The ligting policy “Stadens ljus” has been finalised in January 2014 and defines is nine different categories among which: squares,
façade and landmarks, streets, walking and bike lanes, event lighting, etc.
We are now in a process of producing a draft masterplan for one of the largest residential areas in Gothenburg.
A LED experimentation has also been implemented for bicycle lanes. 11 different LED luminaires (10 pieces of each) to find out which ones are
the most suitable for the city with criteria like energy efficiency performances, economy and design.

Some recently implemented lighting projects

  • Götaplatsen: a square in the city-center dedicated to cultural activities in Gothenburg. The main purpose of this lighting
    project was to find solutions to enhance the welcoming atmosphere of the place. The objective was to improve the lighting of the facades and enhance the diversity of the architecture of buildings.
  • Bockkranen: a symbol from the time when Gothenburg was a shipbuilding city. This lighting lighting project was reawarded with the LUCI / PHILIPS city.people.light third prize in 2009.

Perspectives for the future

The developing for lighting in Gothenburg is a long term process with the aim to make all new installed luminaires integrated in an intelligent control system in order to increase energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs since monitoring opens up for a lot of options.



  • Number of lighting points: 95 000
  • Total power used for public lighting (kW): 9 000

Camembert Gothenburg



Christmas town is an annual event held in December for the past ten years. This event lighting project attracts each year many residents and visitors.







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