Nordstan (English: North town) is a shopping centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the second largest shopping centre in Scandinavia(with Sandvika Storsenter as the largest one, with approximately 180 shops and 150 offices, and Europe's most visited shopping centre with more than 35 million visitors in 2008. The shopping centre's total area is about 320,000 square metres divided into nine interconnected buildings, where retail and restaurant floor space makes up around 70,000 square metres. The covered streets and squares comprise 8,000 square metres. The companies housed in Nordstan employ in total six thousand people and their total annual turnover is in excess of 3,5 billion kronor.
The construction of Nordstan began in 1967, over a part of the city previously neglected. Most of the current Nordstan was finished by 1972. At its time, the construction of the shopping centre was Sweden's largest ever city renovation project. In the last few years Nordstan has gone through a major renovation to make it more attractive.
Nordstan is located in Gothenburg's city centre, connected to the Gothenburg Central Station and the Nils Ericson Terminal by an underground pedestrian tunnel, and to the Lilla Bommen marina and the Gothenburg Opera house by sheltered walkways. The shopping centre also offers parking space to 2,700 cars. Just outside Nordstan are three different tram stops on three sides of the shopping center, making it easy to reach Nordstan by public transportation. A majority of the visitors use public transportation. If almost all of the vistors had used cars (as it is for many shopping centres outside city centres), around 8,000 parking places would be needed and this would need more parking space area than shop area.