OPINION & ANALYSIS
Gothenburg: is the dream of a new city turning into a nightmare?
Sweden’s second city is the site of Scandinavia’s largest urban development project. But there is rising concern that the costs outweigh the benefits, says David Crouch
Published: 15 July 2022 13:22 CEST
The Karlatornet is now half-built but is running into problems. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT
Twelve things about Sweden that make me smile
With new Swedish citizens soon to be welcomed into the fold with National Day ceremonies across the country, Nordic editor Richard Orange runs through some of the things about their new country that warm his heart.
Published: 1 June 2023 06:07 CEST
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It’s not just Gothenburg. Such urban schemes are going on all over Sweden, especially in communes governed by the same type of politicians. They are ill-conceived, over budget and have long delayed completion dates. Investors and contractors leave in frustration. Ghettos proliferate. Little, and not so little, Muteborgs exist all over Sweden protected by the Swedish constitution which gives central government no planning, fiscal or audit powers over local government. It is Sweden’s achilles heel which everyone talks about in private conversation but no politician wants to tackle.