Not to brag but we can’t help but be proud of the fact that international companies are choosing to set up here, and that computer games produced in Skövde often top international bestseller lists. With Science Park Skövde, several innovation arenas and numerous creative start-ups, our business sector is at the cutting edge, challenging the old rules of the game, breaking new ground and driving the transition towards a sustainable future.
The University of Skövde offers several unique programmes and boasts research projects that are internationally recognized. For instance, you’ll find northern Europe’s biggest and Sweden’s broadest range of game development programmes. Games developed by Skövde companies and former students top global bestseller lists time after time and the university is part of Sweden Game Arena, a specific growth environment for computer game development. It also offers great programmes in computing/IT, economics, technology and pure engineering. Hardly surprising then that many of the students are recruited by companies immediately after graduation.
So what are you waiting for?
As the hub of Skaraborg – Sweden’s fourth largest labour market region – Skövde holds a strong position as a growth environment for innovation. By investing in international arenas for education, research and development Skövde has taken a leading international role within production technology, IT and game development. This is clearly evident from the number of growing companies, start-ups and new establishments. Did you know that several of the Nordic region’s biggest fintech companies can be found here in Skövde and that many successful game studios, with games topping global lists, have emerged here?
On Billingen, the mountain literally at the heart of the city, you’ll find mountain-biking trails, pump tracks, high rope courses, running tracks and hiking trails. When winter comes and the temperature drops, we up the tempo a little. Billingen is an official Vasaloppet centre, with over 35 kilometres of cross-country trails worthy of elite skiers.
Mountain – check! What else does Skövde have to offer? Well, if there were a competition for the number of nature reserves, we’d definitely be on the podium. There’s a host of different nature areas, offering magical forests, open pastures, mountain landscapes and entrancing views.
In Skövde you’re close to nature, culture and activities, so if you have half an hour to spare, you can easily enjoy a mountain-bike tour on Billingen, a brief shopping excursion in the city or a circuit on the ski track in winter. Most things are within easy reach, which makes life simpler. However, as essential as it is to have everything close at hand, it’s also good to be part of something bigger.
Skövde is part of Skaraborg, Sweden’s fourth biggest labour market region. Over 250,000 people live within a 50-km radius of Skövde. Almost 12,000 people commute into the city (equivalent to the population of Habo) and over 5,000 commutes to nearby towns every day. Skövde’s central location in Sweden, between Lakes Vänern and Vättern, makes it possible to find exciting career opportunities and live where you want. You can travel to Skövde from Stockholm in two hours, and from Gothenburg in one. It doesn’t get much better than that for a perfect starting point.