Skövde has the vibrancy of a large city but the atmosphere of a small town. It is a rapidly growing city and is currently home to 55 729 residents and the main hub in the Skaraborg Region.
Skövde has a lot to offer within short range. You will find beautiful nature, prosperous companies, a first class University, Science Park and many interesting job opportunities here. Skövde offers comfortable living and a feeling of being home.
Location & connectivity
Skövde is centrally between Sweden’s two biggest lakes – Vänern and Vättern. It is easy to get here by car or train with frequent train connections to Stockholm and Gothenburg. It only takes just over one hour by train to Gothenburg and two hours to Stockholm. 150 kilometers of bike paths as well as good public transportation makes it easy to get around Skövde.
Business & Industry
Volvo Group Truck Operations and Volvo Cars Engine is combined the largest employer in Skövde, with 5,000 employees. In Skövde you can find strong clusters of and innovation environments in game development, automotive, manufacturing and fintech.
Science Park Skövde is an environment created for growth and innovation with the support of IT and technology. Development projects and collaborations between companies, academia and the public sector are essential for creating knowledge and competence development that strengthens the companies in the region and creating and creating one of Sweden’s most interesting environments for entrepreneurs.
The game development industry in Skövde is internationally recognized. Talented individuals end experienced developers flock here to study, build careers in studios and academics.
EDUCATION & RESEARCH
Skövde offers multiple choices of preschools and schools. Most schools are run by the municipality but there are also private alternatives. There are upper secondary schools with a variety of emphases.
For adults the municipality offers a well-developed system of both theoretical and vocationally based courses.
The University of Skövde is centrally located in Skövde and just a five-minute walk to the train station. The University offers educations in several different area and about 60 programs to choose from as well as a variety of separate courses.
The University of Skövde is one of the most specialized universities in Sweden. Research is conducted within five areas: Informatics, System Biology, Virtual Systems, Health and Learning, and Entreprises for the future. For example, the university have produced crash simulation software for the automotive industry, evolved computer games for the healthcare industry and developed an entirely new plant that can absorb and store arsenic in order to clean the earth and to save lives.
Leisure & Culture
Skövde is situated at the foot of the mountain Billingen, a flat-topped mountain with a height of 301 meters. We usually refer to it as a mountain of experiences as it offers a magnificent view over the city, amazing running and ski tracks, fishing lakes, outdoor swimming and a slalom slope along with much more.
The city has many sports clubs and socializing associations with a large number of members. Skövde is well-known to many handball fans thanks to both a ladies’ and a men’s team competing at elite level. Soccer is also a popular sport, and there are many other associations for young to old. People meet and make contact through associations.
Arena Skövde is a multiple facility for indoor sports, swimming, rehabilitation, fitness and wellness. At Arena Skövde you will find the awarded aqua park, but also several other activities. Arena Skövde also makes the city an attractive and dynamic center for events and concerts.
The cultural and entertainment scene in Skövde is highly varied and offers something for everyone. There is a community center located in the city center with a library which provides newspapers and other literature in many different languages. There is also an art gallery, a city museum and a municipal theatre.
In the city center you can stroll along pedestrian streets, enjoy a coffee at one of our many cafés or have a bite to eat at one of the various restaurants. Here you will find all the major retail stores mixed with small boutiques. Many other shopping facilities are also available just outside the city center.
On our regional map you’ll find examples of, and information on, housing areas that may suit your needs. You can also see where the region's universities, and international and bilingual schools and preschools are located.
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