Gothenburg, Sweden: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Gothenburg, Sweden? If you're planning to go to Gothenburg, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Gothenburg, Sweden

Based on the climate and weather in Gothenburg, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Gothenburg, Sweden by month

January

If you go to Gothenburg in January, you will notice that it is frosty. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Standard footwear

February

February in Gothenburg is frosty. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens

March

March in this region is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens

April

April in Gothenburg is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat

May

If you are traveling to Gothenburg in May, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans

June

Traveling to Gothenburg in June, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella

July

July in Gothenburg is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

August

If you visit Gothenburg during August, you are likely to find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

September

In September, Gothenburg is crisp. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and a bit less than half of the time jump into the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Gothenburg, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 80%. Additionally, it is breezy.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans

October

If you are traveling to Gothenburg in October, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat

November

If you vacation in Gothenburg during November, you are likely to find that it is brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces

December

If you go to Gothenburg in December, you will notice that it is frigid. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Gothenburg, Sweden

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Gothenburg, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Gothenburg
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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