Skövde

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Skövde is a locality and the seat of Skövde Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden with 33119 inhabitants in 2005.[1]

Skövde is situated some 150 km northeast of Göteborg, between Sweden's two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern. It sits on the eastern slope of a low mountain ridge Billingen (299 m), which cuts through the plain between the lakes. The western main railway (Västra Stambanan) was located through Skövde in the 1890s, which dramatically gave the town an industrial and population boost.

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History

Skövde traces its history back to the medieval age. On its city arms is the image of Saint Helena who allegedly was a pious woman from Skövde. She was born about 1101, and was canonized in 1165 by Pope Alexander III and Archbishop Stefan of Sweden.

Of the medieval houses nothing remains, as a fire in 1759 burnt down the entire city except for some houses called Helensgården. After the fire, the city was rebuilt according to the grid pattern. The city still only had a small population until the railroad between Stockholm and Gothenburg was laid through the city and leading to an industrial and population boost.

Industry

Volvo has a large industry in the city, with more than 5,000 workers. AB Volvo and Volvo Cars jointly operate one of the world’s largest automotive foundries in this city. The foundry is known world wide for producing the most industrial diesel engines in the world for AB Volvo and also for producing compact inline 5 cylinder petrol engines for Volvo Cars.

There is also the Skövde Garrison, one of the country's largest regiments.

Military

The armoured corps regiment Skaraborgs regemente (P4) and the logistics corps regiment Trängregementet (TrängR) are both located in Skövde, as is the Army Combat school.

Education

  • The Skövde University College has over 8,000 students and six faculties.
  • SRTC, Swedish Rescue Training Centre [1] (earlier Räddningsverkets övningsfält),offers a broad variety of education and exercises within the risk and safety sector.

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