Last weekend, Distrita choose to visit Sweden’s second biggest city Gothenburg. A city with around 500 000 citizens, which sits on the west coast of Sweden. People rather go here because of a big amusement park in the middle of the city called Liseberg. The city is also well known for its food halls with cheaper food. In general, Gothenburg is a nice city to visit for Danish, Norwegian and Swedish people. But if you take tram lines 4, 8 and 9 to Angered Centrum. Now that shocked me a lot in both positive and negative ways.
Outskirts of Gothenburg
We could have made yet another touristic article about how great Gothenburg is, but I choose to go somewhere else in this city and I decided to visit Angered Centrum outside of Gothenburg. The trip shocked me so much that I had to take photos and write about it.
How to get there
Because of its location is quite far from the city center, the place is linked with 3 tram lines. These lines goes normally from city central station for a while with tracks sharing space with train tracks. At some point (after several minutes), before Hjällbo station. The tracks swaps sides from right to left driving. I never thought that I would see something like this.
From station named Hjällbo to Angered Centrum, the tram also changes to become a metro, where all of the stations have bigger platforms and have the looks of metro stations instead of tram station. On the route, there is even a station called Hammarkullen and this one is totally underground also.
It seems for me like the point just before Hjällbo where the tracks swaps left and right to Angered Centrum, is a place where mostly foreigners should stay. When I took the tram here, I noticed that 99% of all people on the tram had colored skin or talked Polish, Russian or even Chinese.
When I entered this mysterious end station. I didn’t expect to find a shopping center that had so many Halal restaurants, Turkish delights stores and Kebab places. I love to eat Kebabs here in Norway with Halal meat, so for me its not a problem eating this. I rather found this place interesting, because it had all of the world foods in one place.
At the end of this shopping center, I found ICA store and here I found some Swedish people. But mostly everywhere I went there was foreigners. They smiled and even talked to me in a friendly way. The shop owners gave me an good impression, but I left with several questions. Where is the foreigners in the city center of Gothenburg? Why is Angered Centrum almost empty of Swedish people? Have the government in Sweden made this to a place so that foreigners and Swedish people should live so far apart from each other that it would reduce conflicts?
Here in Oslo, we have some parts in the east that have the abilities to become ghetto alike places like in Gothenburg, Malmø or even Stockholm in Sweden. But here there are forces working for making these areas better for the foreigners. I feel that Norway haven’t done the same big mistakes as Sweden yet and I am glad for it.
When you do however put lots of foreigner people in places like Angered Centrum. It means that foreigners have less contact with Swedes and this can cause tentions. It means that these people sort of get pushed back from the society they really want to enter. Not all are bad people, but there are people creating gangs that is not good.
Distrita hopes that Sweden will try somehow to do a better job in putting their ghetto towns out of what they have become. I was really happy to go here and see with my own eyes that Angered Centrum have lots of potential, but when so little Swedish people go here. Where is the integration then?
Have the politicians in Sweden ignored this? It seems so to me.