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Skövde is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 58°23′N 13°51′E / 58.383°N 13.85°E / 58.383; 13.85Coordinates: 58°23′N 13°51′E / 58.383°N 13.85°E / 58.383; 13.85
Country Sweden
Province Västergötland
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Skövde Municipality
Area [1]
 - Total 19.78 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 33,119
 - Density 1,674/km2 (4,335.6/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Skövde is a locality and the seat of Skövde Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden with 33,119 inhabitants in 2005.[1]

Skövde is situated some 150 km northeast of Göteborg, between Sweden's two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern. It sits on the eastern slope of a low mountain ridge Billingen (299 m), which cuts through the plain between the lakes. The western main railway (Västra Stambanan) was located through Skövde in the 1890s, which dramatically gave the town an industrial and population boost.



Early history

Skövde traces its history back to the medieval age. On its city arms is the image of Saint Helena who allegedly was a pious woman from Skövde. She was born about 1101, and was canonized in 1165 by Pope Alexander III and Archbishop Stefan of Sweden.

Later history

Of the medieval houses nothing remains, as a fire in 1759 burnt down the entire city except for some houses called Helensgården. After the fire, the city was rebuilt according to the grid pattern. The city still only had a small population until the railroad between Stockholm and Gothenburg was laid through the city and leading to an industrial and population boost.


Volvo has a large industry in the city, with more than 5,000 workers. ABVolvo and Volvo Cars jointly operate one of the worlds largest automotive foundries in this city. The foundry is known world wide for producing the most industrial diesel engines in the world for ABVolvo and also for producing compact inline 5 cylinder petrol engines for Volvo Cars

There is also the Skövde Garrison, one of the country's largest regiments.


The armoured corps regiment Skaraborgs regemente (P4) and the logistics corps regiment Trängregementet (TrängR) are both located in Skövde. So is the Army Combat school.


  • The University College of Skövde [1] has over 8,000 students and six faculties. The University's current Vice-Chancellor is Leif Larsson.
  • SRTC, Swedish Rescue Training Centre [2] (earlier Räddningsskolan Skövde),offers a broad variety of education and exercises within the risk and safety sector.

See also


External links

Murkrona.svg Skövde is one of 133 places with the historical city status in Sweden.

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Skövde [1] is a city in Västergötland, Sweden.

Get in

By train

The main station lies directly in the city centre.

By bus

The bus station is connected to the rail station.

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