Welcome to Sweden and to Gothenburg 2010!
On behalf of the 2010 World Library and Information Congress' National Committee and the Swedish Library Association, we are honoured and happy to welcome you all to Sweden and Gothenburg. Thank you for entrusting us with the challenge of organising the 2010 World Library and Information Congress: the 76th IFLA Conference and General Assembly. The National Committee and the Swedish Library Association are working with great enthusiasm and with wonderful support from all over the world. We are sure we will offer you a conference and a visit you'll remember for a long time.
The Swedish Library Association is advocating, together with Swedish libraries of all kinds, the value of open access to knowledge throughout lifelong learning. Libraries are essential parts for promoting sustainable progress in a society and in this global world.
You'll experience many examples of the libraries taking part in the development of our multicultural country, well-known - not only for IKEA, VOLVO and ABBA - but also for its work with sustainable environment and gender equality.
Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city with 600 000 inhabitants. It is situated at the west coast of Sweden - not more than 3 - 4 hours away by train from the capitals of Norway, Denmark and Sweden and with 45 direct flights from European destinations.
In Gothenburg you will find - within 10 minutes walk from the Convention Centre - a large number of museums and libraries. Most of the hotels are also located within walking distance. In the middle of the City you will find the two universities, including twelve libraries and our City Library with its 25 branches.
When you come to Gothenburg, take a break from the conference and visit for example Liseberg, the largest amusement park in northern Europe, situated across the street from the Convention Centre. It is not only an amusement park; it also offers a wonderful garden and beautiful surroundings. Gothenburg has two Botanical Gardens, one with a famous Rock Garden, which has received three stars in Guide Michelin. The magnificent archipelago and deep forests are only a tram ride away. Or why not just take a stroll along the main street - our Avenue - passing by museums and shopping malls down to the river and our beautiful Opera House. And you must not miss our fish market or try a seafood dinner with fish as fresh as you can get, without wetting your feet! We can assure you - you won't regret it!
Gothenburg has a reputation for being clean, safe and green, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The National Committee together with the library community of Sweden are busy making your 2010 World Library and Information Congress both memorable and exciting. We want you to bring home new inspiration and professional relations as well as a good taste of Sweden, Swedish culture and some salty spirits from Gothenburg.
Our theme: Open access to knowledge: promoting sustainable progress will of course also be the theme for all the fun and the social activities in Gothenburg. Come, experience and see for yourself!
See you in Sweden and Gothenburg 2010!
President of the Swedish Library Association
Chair of the IFLA 2010 WLIC National Committee
Last update: 13 April 2010