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  • Photographer: Jesper Anhede

Hjo - facts and figures

  • Around 9,000 people live in Hjo.
  • The closest large town is Skövde, with 55,000 inhabitants.
  • Skövde is approximately 30 minutes away by car, or 40 minutes by bus.
  • From Skövde it is 2 hours to Stockholm by train and 1 hour to Gothenburg.
  • The nearest airport is in Jönköping, around 1 hour away from Hjo by car.
  • Hjo is located in the region of Skaraborg, which has the highest cattle density in Sweden.
  • Hjo is on the shore of Lake Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden.
  • The route around Lake Vättern is approximately 300 km long.
  • Hjo is an ancient town, more than 600 years old.
  • In 1990, Hjo was awarded a prize from Europa Nostra for its well-preserved wooden town.
  • A famous historic person from Hjo is Estrid Ericson. She founded the company Firma Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm.
  • Hjo has the oldest annual ’art weekend’ in Sweden, always held around Whitsun.
  • In Hjo we like ice cream. That’s why we have three ice cream cafés and producers.

Finally, we want to share the old legend which explains where the name Hjo comes from.

It is said that in the Middle Ages, a monk stepped ashore in Hjo after a stormy voyage across Lake Vättern. He is supposed to have exclaimed: “Hic Jacet Otium” which means “Here lies the tranquility”. The initial letters of the Latin words formed the name H-J-O.

So do like the monk; feel the tranquility and enjoy your holiday.

Welcome to us, and welcome to Hjo!