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Skovde

Skövde

Skövde is a growing municipality, with 53,000 residents. The municipality is surrounded by great natural beauty and also enjoys cultural heritage and traditions. Skövde municipality has a long history of immigration from Europe and the Middle East.

At the end of the 1960s and the start of the 1970s, there was a great influx of foreign labour to industry, primarily from the Balkans. Later immigrants from Turkey and Lebanon established themselves as businessmen in Skövde. There are also immigrants here from Southeast Asia and from Somalia, the Congo and Afghanistan.

Location and connectivity

Skövde is located between Gothenburg and Stockholm, it takes an hour by train from Gothenburg and two hours from Stockholm. It is the chief town in the region of Skaraborg and is located centrally between the major lakes of Vänern and Vättern.

 

Professional/industry focus

Volvo is the largest employer in Skövde, with 5,000 employees. In addition, approximately 40% of Skövde’s tax revenue comes from small companies that owned by foreign background citizens and immigrant. It is a good city for you to startup your own business.

 

Education

Skövde has a well established school system, from preschool to university and adult education. For example, the waiting time to get a place at preschool is only around a couple of weeks. Most preschools are run by the municipality, but there are also options of privately run preschools. There are upper secondary schools with differing emphases.

For adult education, the University of Skövde is famous for computer game design courses and the game development programme. Besides, it has well developed system of municipal adult education with both theoretical and vocationally based courses.

 

Leisure & Culture

There is a large number of sports clubs and socializing associations with a large number of members. Handball and football are popular sports, and there are many other associations for everyone from young to old. People meet and make contact through associations.

Additionally, Skövde is known for its shopping. There are some large shopping centers in the municipality. It is easy to find some inexpensive furniture and household appliances in the second-hand shops here. You can easily find goods from the Middle East, Africa and Asia etc.  There is a community center located in the center with a library which has newspapers and other literature in many different languages. There is also an art gallery, a city museum and a municipal theatre. 

 

Facilities like hospitals, authorities

There is a wide range of civic services available. The municipality provides an integration unit for those newly arrived in Sweden. The Swedish labour agency, regional social insurance office and Tax Agency all have offices here. Moreover, most authorities are located near the city center and are within walking distance of one another.

Skaraborg Hospital in Skövde, with 1,500 employees, provides care to residents of the municipality and other neighbouring municipalities as well. The health care system access and treatment are good.