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Surte (Swedish pronunciation: [²sɵʈːɛ] (About this soundlisten))[2] is a locality situated in Ale Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 5,798 inhabitants in 2010.[1] Surte Church is in Surte.

Surte in September 2008
Surte in September 2008
Surte is located in Västra Götaland
Surte is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 57°49′N 12°01′E / 57.817°N 12.017°E / 57.817; 12.017Coordinates: 57°49′N 12°01′E / 57.817°N 12.017°E / 57.817; 12.017
and Bohuslän
CountyVästra Götaland County
MunicipalityAle Municipality
 • Total3.61 km2 (1.39 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total5,798
 • Density1,604/km2 (4,150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

It is a located some 15 kilometers north of Gothenburg. Surte became well-known for its glass works that started its production in 1862 and developed to one of the major mechanized glass works in Sweden. It was bought by PLM [sv] in 1960 and shut down in 1978.

Surte was the hometown of Alexander Samuelson. Although he was not the designer, he was the man named on the 1915 design patent for the legendary contour Coca-Cola bottle.[3]

The international Grand Master of chess Gideon Ståhlberg, one of the world's strongest players in the 1940s, was born and is buried in Surte.

Surte is home to the bandy club Surte BK. They built one of the first indoor bandy arenas in Sweden (and subsequently in the world), which was the first in Götaland.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 23.
  3. ^ Alexander Samuelson, "Design for a Bottle or Similar Object," U. S. Patent D48160, Nov. 1915.
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