Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre

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Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre

The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre (Swedish: Svenska Mässan) is an exhibition and convention centre in Gothenburg, Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest assembly points, which attracts around 1.8 million visitors a year.[1] It is one of Europe's largest, fully integrated hotel and congress facilities, owned and run by a nonprofit foundation, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Foundation.[2]

A third tower was built in 2011–2014, making the venue one of the five largest in Europe, with a room capacity of over 1,200. The third tower is the tallest building (100 m (330 ft)) in Gothenburg and the fourth tallest in Sweden.[3]


In the early 20th century a variety of Swedish companies arranged fairs in order to promote Swedish industry. Hence emerged the idea of a congress centre, and on 8 July 1918 the official Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre was opened.[4]

Svenska Mässan wanted to expand further. During the 1970s, they started organizing courses and conferences, thus conference and congress facilities were built.[5]


The congress hall

The centre has nine exhibition halls, 60 meeting rooms (from 2 to 8,800 guests), a congress hall for 1,500 people, eight restaurants, five bars and Scandinavia's largest hotel, Hotel Gothia Towers. The centre has an area of 41,000 m2 (440,000 sq ft) for exhibitions and congresses, and each year about 30 exhibitions are held with 8,000 exhibitors. Festivities and banquets are held at the venue with up to 8,000 guests.[6]

Hotel Gothia Towers[edit]

Hotel Gothia Towers is the largest hotel in the Nordic countries.[3] It has 1,200 rooms and eleven suites and offers a variety of restaurants and bars.[7] In 2014, the Upper House was inaugurated in the second tower, a five-star hotel within the hotel. The Upper House has an awarded restaurant and an exclusive 3-floor spa with an outdoor glass bottom pool on the 19th floor. Also inaugurated in 2014, was the show arena the Theatre.[8]

The first tower was built in 1984 and the second in 2001. The third tower was built between 2011–2014.

Heaven 23[edit]

Heaven 23 is a bar and restaurant located on the 23rd floor. It was opened in connection with the second tower. The restaurant and bar have a total of 178 restaurant and bar seats.[9]


The location of the Congress Centre was decided by different trade commissions and industry corporations when Svenska Mässan was established. The location is efficient since it is in the middle of Scandinavia, equidistant to the three capitals of Sweden, Denmark and Norway – Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.[10] The central location also places the venue within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, pubs, shopping malls and theatres.[11]


The arena was among one of the four potential candidate venues to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[12] In the end, the Malmö Arena was chosen to host the contest.


  1. ^ "About us - The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre". Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Svenska Mässan - en global mötesplats i hjärtat av Göteborg". svenskamassan.se (in Swedish). Svenska Mässan. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Europe's largest fully integrated venue is now opening – in Gothenburg". www.traveldailynews.com. Travel Daily News. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Bergendahl, Erik. "En Modern Institution Med Gammal Tradition". Wezäta, 1947, p. 8-10.
  5. ^ "Historik&Framtid". gothiatowers.com. Gothia Towers. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gothia Towers blir nordens största hotell". www.hotellorestaurang.se. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ett av nordens största". gothiatowers.com. Gothia Towers. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Upper House är bäst i Sverige". www.gothiatowers.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Fakta om Heaven 23". heaven23.se. Heaven23. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Bergendahl, Erik. "En Modern Institution Med Gammal Tradition". Wezäta, 1947, p. 79.
  11. ^ "Nordens effektivaste mötesplats". svenskamassan.se. Svenska Mässan. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  12. ^ Gustavsson, Rikard (28 May 2012). "The bidding has started!". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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Coordinates: 57°41′51″N 11°59′19″E / 57.69750°N 11.98861°E / 57.69750; 11.98861