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The Alvsborg Bridge - Photo: Fluff (License-cc-by-sa-3.0)
The Alvsborg Bridge - Photo: Fluff (License-cc-by-sa-3.0)

The influence of the city's history is evident in Gothenburg's cultural life. The Liseberg amusement park is the largest leisure center in the city. Many of the cultural institutions, such as the Röhsska Museum, as well as hospitals and the university, were created thanks to donations from wealthy merchants and industrialists. The Gothenburg Industrial Exhibition of 1923 led to the creation of the art museum, among other cultural and sports institutions.

Gothenburg has an active music scene. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is the ultimate exponent of classical music in the city. Bands like Ace of Base and Soundtrack of Our Lives are representative of pop music. In addition to being a center of pop music, it also has a very active indie scene. The city is also known as the center of melodic death metal, a style typically used in Sweden, being the birthplace of bands like At The Gates, Dark Tranquility, The Haunted, In Flames, Soilwork and Arch Enemy.

There are several free-acting theater groups in the city, as well as institutions such as the Gothenburg Municipal Theater, the Backa Theater (for young people) and the Gothenburg Popular Theater. The city hosts the largest annual film festival in the country, the Gothenburg Film Festival.

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