Vännäs railway station in July 2005
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
Country Sweden
Province Västerbotten
County Västerbotten County
Municipality Vännäs Municipality
  Total 3.28 km2 (1.27 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
  Total 4,118
  Density 1,257/km2 (3,260/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Vännäs 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, ‘where the river changes its path’).

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

Johannes Church

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

The Italian Week

Each year, in conjunction with the National Days of Sweden and Italy a festival takes place in Vännäs, in honour of the similarities and differences between Sweden and Italy.


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.


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 School which caters for year 0-9.

Notable people from Vännäs






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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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