Frequently asked questions

Göta canal is mostly associated with sun, boats and lots of visitors in marinas and along the tramways. But what do we actually do in the winter? We have collected some of the most common questions we receive. If you have a question that you can not find the answer, please feel free to send it to us.


When the summer is over and the fairway closes, our winter work season starts. That means that we start our annual maintenance of the canal. It can be antying from swithcing an almost 200 year old lock gate, to building a brand new dock. We also conduct a real estate business where a lot of renovation and new construction needs to be done continuously. In our work, we duduce from our customers´viewn on the canal experience, and sonstantly try to develop the Göta Canal into an even better vistors destination. 


Why do we spend so much time and money renovating the Göta Canal?
Göta Canal is one of Sweden's largest tourist destinations and constructions. This is something both our owners, the state and the Swedish people want to preserve for the future. Göta Canal attracts approximately three million visitors each year and is thus a major engine in the Swedish tourism industry. We think that is an important thing to spend time and energy on.


How much does a new lock gate cost?
A completely new lock gate with cast iron details costs about one milion SEK to buid an put in place. Inte that figure, everything from production of the gate itself, to freight and crane lifts of both the old and new gate is included. 


Are you also responsible for the maintenance of the bridges across the Göta Canal?
Both yes and no. Göta kanalbolag owns some of the bridges across Göta Canal and is also responsible for the maintenance of them. However, both the Swedish Transport Administration and various municipalities also own bridges crossing the Göta Canal, and for those bridges they themselves are responsible for maintenance. During the summer, however, Göta kanalbolag is responsible to open and close the bridges for boat traffic.