Last updated: 2/12-2022

Welcome to the exciting world of Vännäs – welcoming, lively, innovative! Regardless of whether you’re looking for enjoyment, experiences, study opportunities or want to find a good place to live for your family, Vännäs is the place for you.

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Facts about the municipality

Population numbers


Size by area

554 km²

Vännäs is located in the middle of the region of Umeå which comprises 6 municipalities together, with Umeå as its natural centre. Vännäs is a commuter location which means we have very good communications to surrounding municipalities.

As a resident here you benefit from a full public service. Educational opportunities from preschools to universities and with a good quality of life, everything from the safe smaller community which suits families with children to the pulsating entertainment and cultural life in Umeå which attracts many people and students.


There are numerous housing options in Vännäs – right of tenancy, cooperative flats, existing private houses or new builds. If you are looking for private housing you can contact one of the property brokers in Västerbotten county. Vännäsbostäder, VÄBO, is a municipal housing company in Vännäs. It manages around 400 flats with the right of tenancy in Vännäs and surrounding neighbourhoods. In Vännäs municipality there are also a number of private landlords who rent out flats.

Language groups in the locality

Mother tongue teaching is currently provided in the following languages: Arabic, English, Finnish, Chinese, Meänkieli, Persian, Somalian, Spanish, South Sami, Thai, German and Ume Sami. Amongst adults who have moved here, other languages such as Tigrinya, Amharic and French are spoken.

Associations and organisations

In Vännäs there are around 150 active associations ranging from sport to culture. If you are looking for something specific, then please take a look at our register of associations. In Vännäs there are several congregations connected to the Church of Sweden. In Umeå, in addition to the Church of Sweden, there is also the association Swedish Muslims in Umeå and the Catholic church.

What is available in the immediate area

In the centre of Vännäs you will find, amongst other things, food shops, clothes shops, chemists, opticians, small second-hand shops, libraries, restaurants and cafés. Social services such as employment provision, social welfare offices and immigration coordinators can be found in the centre of the small but cosy community. For information about the municipality, you are welcome to visit the Vännäs municipality official website.

In Umeå you will find pretty much everything on offer in large towns, together with tax offices, social insurance offices and offices of the Swedish Migration Board. On the Umeå region's joint visitors' site you can find everything from an events calendar to cultural information, maps and activities you can take part in.


In Vännäs you and your child are offered good child care through a well-functioning network of preschools, after-school recreation centres and family day nurseries and a family centre with BVC, MVC, Open preschools and family advice. This is where you'll find preschools.

At open preschools you can be together with your child as you would be at home and allow the children to take part in teaching challenges available, together with preschool teachers.

Comprehensive and upper secondary schools

In Vännäs there are six municipal comprehensive schools and a private school. All F-6 pupils in the municipality enjoy after-school recreation centre activities. Lilja School, which is Vännäs' upper secondary school, is the second-largest upper secondary school in the whole of the Umeå region. Approximately 1,200 students study here, coming from across the entire region and even from different countries.

Education opportunities

Adult education including sfi is also offered at Lilja School. After sfi you can study Swedish or another language. Lilja School also has a number of other programmes, both vocational and theoretical. All pupils who study sfi have access to study and careers guidance. Strömbäcks Folk High School located 5 miles from Vännäs and Umeå University with its 36,000 students from all over the world, are located at a convenient distance in Umeå.

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Health and medical care

In Vännäs is located the county council's welfare centre and the national dental health service. There are also some private dentists. For serious illness and specialist care you are directed to NUS, Norrland's University Hospital.

Interpreter assistance

Interpreting assistance can be obtained whenever you make contact with the authorities.

Public transport

Trains and buses between Umeå and Vännäs leave regularly with up to 30 journeys per day on weekdays. The train takes 25 minutes and the bus takes 35 minutes and more depending on the route. Many routes go via Umeå C to NUS, Norrland's University Hospital.

The distance to Umeå Airport is approximately 3.5 miles, there are currently three airlines serving the Umeå - Stockholm route. It takes less than an hour to fly to Stockholm. In addition to this there are also many overseas flights to many places in Europe.

Work and entrepreneurship

In the municipality, or within commuting distance, there are many employers both large and small. The jobs available in the area can be found in the introduction to the presentation under the Vacant jobs tab. On the municipality's website there is information for anyone interested in starting their own company.