Home / Focus 2015: Created by and Including Young People
24 September 2020

Gothenburg has high amibitions to be a child and youth city and therefore the young perspective is particularly important for the city’s decision makers. A priority goal in the city’s budget is that “young citizens of Gothenburg should be given more opportunities to influence”. It was a wish in the idea gathering – the young people want greater influence.

During 2015, the anniversary work had extra focus on the young people’s initiatves and influence.

Three priorities issues during the year:

  • Strengthen the platforms for young people’s influence that already exist in the city.
  • Match young skills and initiatives with real need from companies.
  • Document and communicate the results.


Photo: Beatrice Törnros

Young reference group

During autumn 2014, a young reference group was formed. The group consists of 18 people between 15 and 30 years and comes from different parts of the city. The group does not only contribute with a young perspective, they also is a part of influencing and making their marks on the anniversary.

Summary of Focus 2015

  • Implementation begins. The feasibility studies are concluded and 20 anniversary initiatives are recommended to the City Executive Board for further development. Project owners are appointed to drive and develop the anniversary initiatives and more young people are invited to take part in the development of the city.
  • Space for Young Influence sets up pilot projects and organises a conference.
  • An outdoor pool in the city opens in Centenary Park.
  • The finish of the Volvo Ocean Race, with youth influence.
  • Start of Gothenburg City Triennial on social development in the city of the future.

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