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Hamngatan in Hjo
Hamngatan in Hjo
Hjo is located in Sweden
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 name[edit]

The place is named after Hjoån 'Hjo river'. The meaning of the river name Hjo is probably 'muddy'.


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).


  1. ^ a b c "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.