For other uses, see Hjo (disambiguation).

Hamngatan in Hjo
Coordinates: 58°18′N 14°17′E / 58.300°N 14.283°E / 58.300; 14.283Coordinates: 58°18′N 14°17′E / 58.300°N 14.283°E / 58.300; 14.283
Country Sweden
Province Västergötland
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Hjo Municipality
  Total 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
  Total 6,094
  Density 1,343/km2 (3,480/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Hjo is a locality and the seat of Hjo Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden It had 6,094 inhabitants in 2010.[1] The town is located on the west coast of Vättern.

The name

The place is named after Hjoån 'Hjo river'. The meaning of the river name Hjo is probably 'muddy'. The way the name is spelled have been changed many times. Some of the previous ways of spelling the name has been Hyo, Hio, Hiyo and Hioo.


Hjo is known to have had a charter as early as 1413. Hjo is, despite its small population, for historical reasons normally still referred to as a city. Statistics Sweden, however, only counts localities with more than 10,000 inhabitants as cities.

Many wooden towns have suffered fires, but Hjo has been relatively spared, apart from when the church and some adjacent houses burnt down in 1794. The city structure is therefore almost exactly the same as in medieval times.

Hjo works together with the cities of Eksjö and Nora to develop wooden towns as tourist attractions, under the joint name "Three wooden towns" (Tre trästäder).

In the year 2013, the city celebrated that the town's 600th anniversary.

Tourist attractions

The steamship S/S Trafik is one of the oldest steamships in Sweden. In the summer, it goes on small trips, such as trips to Visingsö, the biggest island in Vättern.

Guldkroksbadet is a free entry outdoor bath containing 3 pools, the largest one measures 50 by 25 meters. There is also two smaller ones for children. Guldkroksbadet also has a beach where you can swim in the lake.


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  1. 1 2 3 "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.

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