History of the Swedish East India Company

The Swedish East India Company, one of the most successful brands in Swedish history, was founded in 1731. The company carried out 132 expeditions in the 18th and 19th centuries to East Asia and China. These trade expeditions created tremendous prosperity for merchants and the nation as a whole and form an important part of Swedish history.

The Swedish Ship Götheborg stands as a symbol of bravery, entrepreneurship and innovation – and Sweden’s largest trade venture ever.

The ship

The Swedish Ship Götheborg is the world’s largest, active, wooden sailing ship. The ship is a replica of the East Indiaman of the same name (Götheborg), which made three adventurous voyages to China before it ran aground and sank outside the Fortress of Älvsborg in 1745.

The Swedish Ship Götheborg is built as accurate to the original ship as possible, in accordance with the original methods and using the original materials. 1,000 oak logs and 50 kilometres of pinewood combine to materialize as a 58.5-meter long and 11-meter wide ship – an East Indiaman. At the same time, the ship is equipped to fulfil today's security requirements.

The construction of the replica ship began in 1995. Eight years later the ship was launched on the Swedish National Day, June 6, 2003.

The dream became a reality and a story worth telling.


The Swedish Ship Götheborg’s first expedition was the historical route to China and lasted from October 2005 to June 2007. The success became bigger than anyone had ever dared to hope for. After the China expedition, the ship has sailed in Scandinavia and Europe and has so far completed a total of nine expeditions. Thousands of people have sailed the Swedish Ship Götheborg on its voyages, and more than a million visitors have been aboard to experience the ship.

Contact ship & maintenance

Joakim Severinson

Joakim Severinson

Master Shipwright

Erik Palholmen

Chief Engineer

Marie-Louise Edholm

Marie-Louise Edholm

Rigg and Maintenance Manager