Vännäs railway station in July 2005
|Coordinates: 63°55′N 19°45′E / 63.917°N 19.750°ECoordinates: 63°55′N 19°45′E / 63.917°N 19.750°E|
|• 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)|
The name of the village is known since 1535 (Wendenäs, ‘where the river changes its path’).
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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- "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.