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Gothenburg UNESCO City of Literature

Gothenburg as a literary field

Gothenburg is developing as a city where we read to our children, energize artistic freedom and safeguard freedom of expression and meet in intercultural exchanges – with literature as a key to social sustainability. By joining forces and gaining international recognition, we are strengthening Gothenburg and West Sweden as a place where it is good to be–and to become–a reader and a writer.


Gothenburg designated as UNESCO City of Literature

Publicerad 8 november 2021
Today, Gothenburg was designated as UNESCO City of Literature. The designation makes Gothenburg Sweden’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

Gothenburg stands up for Freedom of Expression

Publicerad 7 oktober 2021
Gothenburg's literary actors are collaborating to bolster free speech. Bidding to become an UNESCO City of Literature is a way to further strengthen this collaboration.

Manhole Cover Poem 2021 unveiled

Publicerad 28 september 2021
At Gothenburg Book Fair, Malte Persson presented his specially written poem, which is now published on manhole covers. 50 covers will be placed in the streets of Gothenburg to be read for the next hundred years.