Living in Tibro
Moving to Tibro
The regional center Tibro is a pronounced villa community with about 8,700 inhabitants. The townscape consists mainly of single-family homes and small apartment buildings in a garden town environment. Tibro has a well-appointed town center with grocery stores and other shopping, cafés and eateries, health centers, dental care, a pharmacy and other public services with the leafy city park and nature along the River Tidan within easy walking distance.
The emergence of modern Tibro was strongly influenced by the growth of furniture and interior design companies. Housing and furniture workshops emerged along the railroad at the end of the 19th century, and as furniture production expanded during the 20th century, the small business spirit so characteristic of today’s Tibro, blossomed and flourished. Today, Tibro is growing southward, toward Hörnebo.
Tibro is conveniently located close to the neighboring towns of Skövde, Karlsborg and Hjo, making it easy to commute to or from the town.
Hörnebo, located south of downtown Tibro, was a separate town with around 600 residents until 1975. In the middle of the 19th century, Hörnebo was the biggest town in the southern part of Tibro and it was here that the first cabinetmakers in the Tibro district set up shop.
Hörnebo’s built-up area extends from Kyrkefalla Church to the River Tidan. Today, it’s considered part of Tibro’s urban area, and Tibro municipality is making conscious efforts to connect Tibro and Hörnebo through the construction of several new subdivisions and the new Baggebo school for grades 1–6.
The town of Fagersanna and the old church village of Ransberg are beautifully located on the shore of Lake Örlen, about 10 kilometers from Tibro. The area is home to around 700 people. In recent years, a number of lakefront subdivisions have been built here, and the two towns have begun to merge.
A new sports hall and a new school for grades to 1–6 is being built in Ransberg and will open in 2024. Fagersanna is home to the Gläntan preschool, a 24-hour unmanned convenience store, the Fagervi sports field, tennis courts and a newly revamped jogging track. The Örlen area, which Fagersanna-Ransberg forms a natural part of, is also a popular summer tourist destination. There are several areas with summer cottages, a popular campsite, bathing areas and boat ramps. The area is characterized by the rolling forest landscape and the little farmsteads surrounding the lake.
Hönsa is a little rural village with fewer than 100 residents located around 7 kilometers north of Tibro and a stone's throw from Highway 201. The Hönsa landscape is slightly hilly with small clearings in the otherwise dense greenery. The town’s buildings are clustered around the River Tidan’s most striking waterfall, where there is a small hydroelectric plant. Most of the homes in the area were built between 1900 and the 1960s. The old road to Mariestad runs through the village via a bridge over Tidan.
Hönsa is a time-honored place. It used to be a thriving community with a school, local store, gas station, a mill and a sawmill. Helge from Hönsa was a legendary merchant, who ran the local store and its gas pump.
Working in Tibro
With the furniture and wood industries in its DNA, Tibro has developed into a robust and viable entrepreneurial town. There are many companies involved in furniture and furnishings, big specialized logistics companies, retail and service companies, and a burgeoning manufacturing industry with a focus on innovation and technology.
Among the well-known companies in Tibro are MIO, LGT Logistics, SA Möbler, Lundbergs Möbler, Smea, Graphic Packaging and Ljusgårda.
Furniture and logistics
Furniture, interior design and logistics have long been at the heart of commerce in Tibro. Most of Sweden’s furniture is warehoused and hauled from here. The manufacture of furniture and furnishings in Tibro is still a big deal today, and today there are around 40 companies in the industry, ranging from small carpentry shops and craftsmen to major factories. There’s a wide range of different occupations – product developers, designers project managers, salespeople, communicators and production personnel. Handicrafts, specialist knowledge and production on an industrial scale live side by side, contributing to each other’s success.
Manufacturing and innovation
Right now in Tibro, there are growing companies in innovation, automation and technology. We make LED lighting, special machines and robot cells for industry here. We develop new innovative materials and grow lettuce in huge indoor installations. And because all this technical equipment is top class, companies will need technically skilled personnel in the future.
Education in Tibro
Safety, joy and learning. These are the watchwords at Tibro municipality’s schools and preschools. An overarching goal is the creation of safe, inspiring environments to grow in.
Tibro has nine preschools, including an independent preschool with a Christian profile. The majority of the preschools are centrally located in Tibro, making them easy to reach by bike or car. One of the preschools, Gläntan, is located in Fagersanna. Because Tibro is growing, there are well advanced plans for another preschool in the regional center.
Tibro’s preschools focus on the joy of discovery, community and play. The goal is to give children opportunities to develop through play, creating and exploring on their own and with others. We consciously encourage their language development. Images and characters are used as additional support for the spoken language.
Schools, grades 1–9 + after-school center
Tibro has three schools for grades 1–6, Baggebo School, Häggetorp School and Ransberg School, and Nybo School for grades 7–9, which will move to new premises and change its name to Fågelvik School in the fall of 2023. The municipality’s special-education elementary school is Baggebo School.
Tibro’s schools, grades 1–9
In Tibro’s grade and middle schools, the focus of all work is on promoting the pupil’s development and lust for learning. For many years, the municipality has invested in providing all pupils with access to tablets and digital teaching materials and developing teaching methods in a way that allows as many pupils as possible to leave grade schools and middle schools with passing grades. We work pro-actively to foster a sense of security in a calm study environment.
In grade 1–6 schools there are municipal after-school centers for pupils between six and thirteen years of age who need care if their parents are working or studying.
Tibro municipality is currently making a major investment in new, modern school premises.
- Baggebo School, which was nominated Building of the Year 2021, opened in the fall of 2020. The school has an unconventional design with classrooms centered around a lightwell. The building is surrounded by an exciting schoolyard landscape aimed at encouraging students to get active and do fun things together.
- In Ransberg, a new rural school is being built on two levels, with classrooms and open common spaces. Both the design and location of the school were chosen to blend in with the beautiful surrounding landscape and to exploit the nearby forest as a play and teaching environment.
- Fågelvik School will be the municipality’s middle school from the fall of 2023. A new educational and activity center with a youth center, school of the arts, library and sports facilities will be built here to promote youth education and create new means for active and inspiring leisure time for the young people of Tibro.
High school and adult education
In August, the new Olins High School opened in Tibro. When fully built, the school will have a total of 240 students and offer a wide range of high school and vocational programs and a unique sports-oriented program, characterized by Tibro’s thriving associations. Tibro’s youth may also freely apply to all of the high schools in Skövde and other Skaraborg municipalities.
Tibro purchases all adult education from Skövde municipality. Skövde offers both middle school and high school programs, SFI and vocational education.
If you aim to work in the furniture and interior design industry, there are a number of exciting vocational high school programs to apply to in Tibro.
Tibro Handicrafts Academy is one of Sweden’s leading schools in furniture and interior handicraft. It offers handicraft-oriented programs and an education for people seeking to become project managers in the furniture and interior design industry. Tibro Wood Technology Center (TTC) runs vocational programs for specialist carpenters, CNC operators and surface treaters, and a vocational college program in production technology.
Things to do in Tibro
Tibro is the ideal place for anyone looking for active leisure time. There are a number of beautiful environments close to nature for outdoor activities, wellness, exercise and sports. Tibro has thriving associations that offer a wide range of leisure activities with many different things to do ranging from sports to culture.
Sports and outdoor activities
(phone) + 46 (0)504-180 00
SE-543 80 Tibro, SWEDEN