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Vännäs railway station in July 2005
Vännäs railway station in July 2005
Vännäs is located in Västerbotten
Vännäs is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 63°55′N 19°45′E / 63.917°N 19.750°E / 63.917; 19.750Coordinates: 63°55′N 19°45′E / 63.917°N 19.750°E / 63.917; 19.750
CountyVästerbotten County
MunicipalityVännäs Municipality
 • Total3.28 km2 (1.27 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total4,118
 • Density1,257/km2 (3,260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Vännäs (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈvɛnːɛs])[2] is a locality in Västerbotten County in northern Sweden. Vännäs is the seat of Vännäs Municipality and had 4,118 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

The name of the village is known since 1535 (Wendenäs, ‘The place where a person walking down the western shoreline of the Vindel river must change her path’[3].

Vännäs is the hometown of the hardcore-band Refused. The Vännäs TV Tower, a 323 metres tall partially manned broadcasting mast, is located in the vicinity of Vännäs.

Twinned municipalities[edit]

Johannes Church

Vännäs Municipality is twinned with Cameri, Italy (since 2003), Hemnes, Norway and Storkyro, Finland.


Vännäsdagarna ("The Vännäs Days") 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 biggest festival in Västerbotten County.[citation needed]


The Main Line Through Upper Norrland was built during the 19th century, and was for military reasons[citation needed] 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 1100 students, studying at eleven programmes. Students at Liljaskolan can choose to study, among other things, transportation and tourism.

Hammarskolan caters for some 250 pupils in year 7-9, whereas younger students attend Vegaskolan which caters for year 0-9.[citation needed]

Notable people from Vännäs[edit]





  • Pär Hansson


  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 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 28.
  3. ^ Lundberg, Tyko & Nilsson, Tore Vännäs kommuns historia. Utgiven 1984

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