You neighbours will be both Swedish and immigrant families. There are flats to rent centrally located, at walking distance from shops and schools. There is no municipal housing company in the municipality, but instead several small private housing companies and one large one, Wennergrens.
Language groups in the locality
People from various parts of the world live in the municipality. Examples of langauges spoken are Arabic, Dari, Persian, Somali, Mongolian, Tigrinya, Thai, Dutch and English.
Associations and organisations
There are around 70 active associations in the municipality, such as sports clubs, art club, fishing and boating clubs, garden club and regional history associations. There are several churches in the town.
What is available in the immediate area
In Hjo, most of the things you need are within walking distance. Food is available from Ica and Netto. There are cafés, restaurants, food kiosks, and a gambling and sweet shop. The town also has a library where you can borrow books in various langauges, a social services office, pharmacy, cinema, an artificial grass football pitch, sports hall, tennis hall, gym, heated outdoor swimming pool with swimming lessons (open in the summer), bowling hall, electricity shop, clothes shops, a good value and popular home furnishings shop, hairdressers, paint shop, flower shops, banks, etc. There are two second-hand shops, Red Cross and Erikshjälpen, with furniture, clothes and household goods.
Social insurance and employment service have offices in Skövde. Employment service has an office in Hjo that is open one day per week. You can go there to hand in forms and get answers to simple questions. There are good bus communications between Hjo and Skövde.
The municipality has a labour market unit providing extra support to unemployed persons as well as a refugee unit that tries to help and guide in the best way.
Hjo has nine nursery schools and two family day-care centres for children aged 1–5 years. For children aged 6 to 12 years, who need looking after before and after school while parents work, there are after-school clubs.
The family centre Arken is an open nursery school to which parents and children are welcome together.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
There are schools in Hjo for children aged 6 up to and including 15 years old. There is also a youth leisure centre, open in the evenings for children aged from 11 to 18 years old.
Pupils who speak a language other than Swedish at home can get teaching in their own first language, first language teaching. The teaching helps the pupils to develop their language and to learn more about their own culture.
For young persons aged 16 and upwards, there are upper secondary schools in the towns around Hjo. Most attend upper secondary school in Skövde or Tibro.
Adults can study SfI (Swedish for Immigrants), komvux (upper secondary education for adults), särvux (special upper secondary education for adults) or at Hjo folk high school. At komvux you have several options to find a study format that suits you. You can combine studies at different levels and can combine studies with work. At the folk high school, there are courses within general subjects, preparatory police training, music and art.
The nearest city with a university is Skövde. Skövde College offers the course Korta vägen (“The Short Cut”) together with the employment service. The course is aimed at newly arrived persons with academic qualifications.
Health and medical care
Hjo has two medical centres: Hjo vårdcentral and Hälsocentralen. There is also one ante-natal clinic, two child healthcare clinics and a dental clinic. The nearest hospital with an accident and emergency department is in Skövde.
There is interpreter assistance for all languages via Tolkförmedling Väst.
There are several bus routes that stop in Hjo. Buses go from Hjo to Tibro, Tidaholm, Skövde and Brandstorp, where you can change to another bus for further travel. Västtrafik takes you by bus from Hjo to Skövde in around 35 minutes. From Skövde there are then trains all over the country with good connections to Göteborg, Stockholm and Jönköoing.
Work and entrepreneurship
Hjo’s largest employer is the municipality, with operations within many different areas. The county council is another large employer, offering work within healthcare. There are also a number of large and small companies in the municipality. Read more about the municipality’s business sector.
Hjo is also close to several towns with large workplaces.