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Göteborg is the second-largest city in Sweden, with a large alternative music scene and underground party culture.
North towards Oslo
If you're still in the city-center, you can try getting a lift from the petrol station located close to this roundabout (near to Ullevi Narra, the big stadium) where cars are going in many directions, some of which might go to Oslo. However, most of the cars coming from the roundabout are going very very fast, and it's hard for them to stop on the street here. And, most cars at the petrol station next to it are just staying inside the city at this point. However, there is another service station, STIGS CENTER, just a few kilometers out farther (from where you enter the highway at this point), which is much much better for traffic & cars going towards Oslo. It is also larger and has a lot more room for cars to stop and pull over from the street. So, one possibility is to try asking drivers to drop you off at this service station (see location of here (marked as Q (or K?)). There are also a few busses which go there, one of which is "402 Alvangen". Could just ask the bus drivers which goes to Stigs center, and the bus stop is directly on the onramp to the highway so you just step off the bus and hitch!
A good day to get a ride to Oslo is probably a Sunday since many Swedes are home in Gothenburg over the weekend, and on Sundays head back to Oslo for work.
The "slow road" (E20) to Stockholm
This point may not look like much, but there is a lot of heavy traffic entering this on-ramp at all times. The reason why this exact spot works particularly well is because of a traffic light that naturally stops the vehicles that turn in here. If you stand just alongside where they're turning in, they'll have time to see you and pull out of line onto the tram tracks for a few seconds. Make sure to use a sign.
The E20 is not a fast or big highway, but an excellent route to truly see the Swedish countryside from.
I would recommend Munkebäcksmotet for a start and take a ride at least to Alingsås because the freeway ends there and you can continue hitchhiking on the road.To get the Munkebäcksmotet from The Central Station take bus number 513 or 515 to direction Polhemsplatsen(costs 16,50 SEK but it is possible to blackride as well).
South towards Malmö
There are trucks leaving to Malmö every night at 20.00 from DHL just next to the petrol station by the Nils Eriksson terminal (where the buses go from the central station). Best is to look up DHL at internet and call them.
Take the commuter train to Kållered, find IKEA and walk past it, here is a petrol station where you can ask people. Or continue walking south and hitch from the onramp to E6/E20, Once you get a ride, if they are not going much further than Kungsbacka, get off at the rest area "Sandsjöbacka"(about 5 km from IKEA), here you can usually find trucks and cars heading south. Try to get dropped off at similar rest areas and you will have no problems.
Take the bus ("grön express" recommended, stops by just a few meters from the trucks) to "Stigs center" north of Gothenburg. A lot of trucks stop by to pause here and there's a good chance you'll get a ride.
There are ferries going all the time to Denmark (Fredrikshavn) and Germany (Kiel) from the Stena Line terminal. Take tram 9, 3 or 11 to Masthuggstorget or just start from "Järntorget". From there walk towards the water and find the place where trucks and cars drive onto the ferries. Check-in starts 1.5 h before ferry departure, so be on time! (but drivers can still go in about 20 minutes before..). Have a sign with the country of destination on it. The best thing is that vehicles don't pay any extra for up to five passengers. There's about 4 ferries daily (seemingly more in summer) to Fredrikshavn and 1 to Kiel. Ask in the Stena Line office or check out the webpage http://www.stenaline.se/ or in English http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/ For your sign, write GRATIS under the DK. Most drivers won't know it's free to take another passenger.
On the ferry to Fredrikshavn, you have 2 hrs to find a ride (visit the truckers special area) south, at least to the excellent trucker terminal heaven of Padburg, on the Danish/German border.
Stena Line Ferries towards Kiel
For the ferries towards Kiel, Germany the drivers don't need to pay extra for you, but you have to book a cabin, which are available from 225 SEK upwards. The ferry is leaving every day at 7pm. If you hitchhike with a truckdriver you can get a special deal. The deal is basically that you pay approximately 250 SEK (I paid 253) and you get the following things included in the price. The crossing (710 SEK) Big all inclusive buffe (310 SEK) Big breakfast buffe (105 SEK) A small lunch-box to-go when you leave the ferry. (90 SEK) A cabin that is to be shared with your driver. Probably a fairly luxurious cabin.(prices for the most basic ones start at 740 for a 2 bed-cabin ( there are no cains with 1 bed) All in all you end up getting a 85-90% discount and a lot of superflous luxury. However it might be difficult too find a driver who let you go as his/her's second driver. You could try to convince the drivers when they wait to board the ferry. They board the ferry about 1-2 hours before departure.