Facebook glitch relocates Gothenburg to Edinburgh

All Gothenburg residents on Facebook were relocated to Edinburgh. Picture: Wiki Commons

All Gothenburg residents on Facebook were relocated to Edinburgh. Picture: Wiki Commons

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A bizarre glitch relocated all Gothenburg-based Facebook users to a new hometown - the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.

Local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reported that all Gothenburgers on the social networking site were listed as living in the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston.

The RHC, a concert and events venue, will host the Scottish Breeds Canine Show later this month, and will welcome UB40 and Status Quo in August.

The fault has now been rectified, with no reason for the relocation given, although the Gothenburg Hotel is located in Rosyth, with Prestonpans home to the Gothenburg Pub.

West Lothian town Whitburn also has a convenience store named Gothenburg.

Gothenburg residents took to Twitter to point out the mistake, with Sara de Nero, a student, tweeting: “Someone has re-christened Gothenburg to Royal Highland Centre on FB, so that now all Gothenburgers appear to live there.”

Gothenburg's new address. Picture: Contributed

Gothenburg's new address. Picture: Contributed

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city, with a population of around 541,000.

Founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus, the city was greatly influenced by Scots, Germans and Dutch settlers.

William Chalmers, son of a Scottish immigrant, donated funds to set up what later became Chalmers tekniska högskola (Chalmers University of Technology) while in 1841, fellow Scot Alexander Keiller founded the Götaverken shipbuilding firm.

Keiller’s son James donated Keiller Park to Gothenburg in 1906.

Gothenburg’s Nya Ullevi stadium was also the setting for Aberdeen’s European Cup Winners’ Cup win in 1983.

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