The present municipality wis formit in 1971 when the Ceety of Skövde wis amalgamatit wi five surroondin municipalities. The number o oreeginal entities (as o 1863) is nearly 30. They haed in 1952 been reducit tae sax.
University of Skövde is the lairgest university in the toun. It is rankit 21 in the naition's rankin. Informatics an computer science alang wi Bio-informatics an molecular biology are some o the chief internaitional students picks.