||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Swedish Wikipedia. (August 2012)|
Vännäs Train Station in July 2005
|• Total||3.28 km2 (1.27 sq mi)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,257/km2 (3,260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Vännäs, from Wendenäs, ‘where the river changes it path’ is a locality that has existed since 1539. Vännäs is the seat of Vännäs Municipality in Västerbotten County, Sweden and had 4,118 inhabitants in 2010.
Vännäs is the hometown of the hardcore-band Refused, with singer Dennis Lyxzéns family still living in Kolksele 1 mil (6 miles) from Vännäs köping. Other famous Vännäs locals are Sverker Olofsson; the former host of the popular TV show Plus.
The Vännäs TV Tower, a 323 metres tall partially manned broadcasting tower, is located in the vicinity of Vännäs.
The Italian Week
Vännäsdagarna is a three days long annual festival during the second weekend of July, which brings a mix of performers and street vendors to Vännäs every year. An estimated 58,000 visitors attend the festival each year, thus making Vännäsdagarna the biggels festival in Westrobothnia.
The Main Line Through Upper Norrland was built during the 19th century, and was for military reasons passing through Vännäs instead of the Westrobothnian capital Umeå. The railway made Vännäs an important rail junction, which facilitated the rapid growth of the locality.
Liljaskolan, the locality's only upper secondary school caters for 900 students, studying at ten national and two local programmes. Students at Liljaskolan can choose to study, among other things, floristry and snow-boarding.
Hammarskolan, caters for some 250 pupils in year 7-9 whereas younger students tend to attend Vännäsby skola which caters for year 0-9.
Famous people from Vännäs
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- "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.