Vännäs, from Wendenäs, ‘where the river changes it path’ is a locality that have 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. Vännäs was twinned with Cameri, a city in northern Italy in 2003 . Vännäs is also twinned with the Norwegian city Hemnes and the Finnish city Storkyro.