I arrived in Gothenburg last week and I have been feeling like a real local (easily finding my
way around the city and such) until today. Today I was able to leave class early due to an unexpected cancel of a guest speaker. So I made my way to Gothenburg Central Station and got on what I thought was my train home. I realized that it was delayed about 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time. After about 30 minutes without stopping to my usual stops, I realized I was NOT on my way home. As calmly as I could, I got up and found the nearest Swedish train employee. I explained to her my situation and she confirmed I was in fact on my way to Jönköping, a town 1.5 hours away from Gothenburg! But she was very kind and helpful and luckily spoke great English. I got directions home and found my way back.
I still have much to learn about this city, but the good news is 1. You will always find 1 or more Swedes that can speak English and 2. They are very helpful!