Living in Hjo municipality
In Hjo we find it easy to free up time for more free time. We like to call it Hjotime! Being within easy commuting distance to the big cities and working regions of Skövde, Jönköping, Gothenburg and Stockholm, many of us choose to live in Hjo but work elsewhere. It’s easy to spend the day at work in Gothenburg, Skövde or Jönköping and get home in good time for a jog and a dip in the lake before dinner. More Hjotime, in other words!
People who live in Hjo are always close to the important things in life. The schools are within walking or cycling distance, and there are thriving associations and a wide range of cultural activities.
There are beautiful living environments in the middle of the historic wooden town that are close to the harbor area, the lake and the city park. Outside the town center there are charming little communities with mother nature and committed green entrepreneurs as neighbors.
Moving to Hjo
Ours is a little municipality where everyone is close to each other. In town you can easily reach exciting cultural offerings, unique little stores and the clear waters of Lake Vättern on foot or by bike.
To the north, south and west, Hjo is bordered by vibrant, thriving countryside. In the smaller communities of Grevbäck, Gate, Korsberga and Blikstorp there are exciting companies and rural residential settings. Green industry has a strong presence in the municipality and the well-managed farms set their stamp on the landscape. Many people realize their dreams of their own little farm in the country here, close to everything the town has to offer, and often with lake views.
Maybe you’d like to work in another town? In that case, Skövde, Tidaholm, Karlsborg, Tibro and Jönköping are all within commuting distance.
Working in Hjo
Did you just get a job in Hjo, or are you considering applying for one? The town and the business community are constantly looking for new talent. There is a broad business community with drive and commitment!
There are more than 1,200 companies in a variety of sectors; industry, green industries, contracting and construction companies, hospitality, retail, handicraft, services and culture. Most of the companies have fewer than 10 employees and almost all have fewer than 50. In all, the business community sustains no fewer than 1,800 jobs, equivalent to more than 50 percent of all jobs in the municipality. The biggest employers are Anva Hjo AB, Elektrobyrån Hjo AB and L. Magnussons Måleri i Hjo AB.
Schools in Hjo
In Hjo, the school is always close – to the heart and to home. Here, everyday life for our children and young people in preschool and school is characterized by safety, security and quiet study.
Hjo has ten preschools, six of which are run by the municipality. Hjo guarantees a preschool place in the municipality within three months. Four of Hjo’s municipal preschools are located in the town center; one is located in Korsberga and another in Gate.
Schools, grades 1–9
There are three elementary schools in the town, one of which has a high school. There are also two rural schools, one in Korsberga and one in Gate.
In 2022, around 180 students moved into the newly built Estrid Ericson School in the town of Hjo. The school’s watchwords are sustainability, literature and movement. The school’s design was inspi
ed by Hjo resident and founder of Svenskt Tenn, Estrid Ericson.
The grades 1–9 elementary school is located in the middle of town and has around 660 pupils. The junior high school uses health profiles and all pupils get their own computer for their studies. Hammarn school can be found next to the Hjo River Valley nature reserve and the Hammarnsjorden residential subdivision. It has around 180 students in grades 1–6.
The grades 1–6 schools Fågelås and Korsberga can be found outside town, each with around 60 pupils. The small schools are characterized by a strong sense of community. The buildings also have a preschool and after-school center. Student groups in the rural school comprise multiple grades who study to gather, and a few times every semester, students work in groups comprising all grades.
The municipality does not have its own high school, but Skövde is only 30 minutes away and has a wide range of high school programs at several different schools.
Olins High School will open a high school in the neighboring municipality of Tibro in the fall of 2023.
The Learning Center in Hjo provides courses at the elementary and high school levels; SFI and Komvux as special education. There’s also an IM program.
At Hjo adult education college, you can study courses in e.g. culture, nature and religion. The college is run by the Skara diocese of the Church of Sweden.
The nearest colleges and universities are located in Skövde, Jönkoping and Gothenburg.
Things to do in Hjo
There are lots of fun things to do in your free time here in Hjo. Experience nature and the beautiful wooden town, take a dip in Lake Vättern, enjoy music, art and design experiences, and relish the local food, especially the ice cream.
Thanks to our long tradition of active craftsmen and artists, art studios, handicraft stores and handicraft courses form a natural part of the townscape. Our annual art exhibitions bear witness to this.
Throughout the year, music is played in various locations, and one of the summer highlights is the Rock against Cancer music Festival, which takes place in Hjo Town Park. Another major musical event is the annual accordion meet, when the whole of Hjo is filled with accordion players. Or you can visit Hjo’s restaurants and churches, which offer musical performances throughout the year. There’s also live opera broadcasts, folk music and musical performances to enjoy at Kulturkvarteret. For people who prefer their music “al fresco”, there’s live jazz aboard the SS Trafik during the summer.
Visit Kulturkvarteret for exhibitions, a cinema, tourist information and the library, all under one roof.
If you’d like to learn about different types of art, dance and music, then Hjo School of the Arts is a great choice. There are courses for children and adults alike.
(phone) +46 (0)503-350 000
SE-544 30 Hjo, SWEDEN
SE-544 30 Hjo, SWEDEN