Gothenburg | A better place to age in

The City of Gothenburg is aiming to become a better place to age in. Every göteborgare, should look forward to growing old in the city. An age-friendly city strives for having inclusive and accessible social and physical environments that promote health, participation and security for all people, and especially for older people.

In the journey to become a more age-friendly city, the participation of seniors and their diverse needs, experiences, knowledge and ideas must be at the centre of all planning, decision-making, organisation and development. In short, a city cannot become a better place to age in without the participation of seniors in the process. In using the knowledge of older persons today, Gothenburg aims to set the structures for a more inclusive and accessible community to age in for the next generations.

The cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hengelo, Greater Manchester, Nantes, Oslo and Zaragoza belong to a group of cities that are either already facing relatively high percentages of older people in their populations, or expect such high percentages in the near future. During the last years, these cities have undertaken action to improve quality of life for older people. Still, they have a knowledge need related to the following questions:

  • How do older people experience the daily life in the cities?
  • What do older people view as benefits and constraints associated with urban living?
  • How are the eight stakeholder cities responding to population ageing?
  • Which policies have been the most effective in developing age-friendly cities and how have they been implemented and which are the success factors?

ESPON ACPA has responded to these needs and resulted in good practices and policy recommendations based on case study research in the eight stakeholder cities. These insights have been combined in the ACPA synthesis report, main report and policy handbook.

The present report focuses on Gothenburg and portrays the state of affairs in the city in terms of:

  • Demographic trends and developments related to population ageing within the city;
  • The strategy and policies that the urban authorities, professionals and other stakeholders in Gothenburg pursue to cope with population ageing;
  • A selection of inspiring examples of how the ageing policy has been implemented;
  • Challenges and opportunities from the perspective of older people, interest groups and policy makers;
  • Policy recommendations for Gothenburg based on the insights that have emerged from ACPA.

Further information

This Case Study is part of the ESPON Targeted Analysis ACPA.

This Case Study is available below in EN and SE.

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ESPON ACPA_city report_Gothenburg.pdf

ESPON ACPA city report Goteborg_SE_new.pdf