Brännö is an island in the Southern Göteborg Archipelago and a locality situated in Göteborg Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 708 inhabitants in 2010.[1] and belongs to the parish of Styrsö within Gothenburg Municipality.

A field close to the center of the island
A field close to the center of the island
Brännö is located in Västra Götaland
Brännö is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 57°39′N 11°47′E / 57.650°N 11.783°E / 57.650; 11.783Coordinates: 57°39′N 11°47′E / 57.650°N 11.783°E / 57.650; 11.783
CountyVästra Götaland County
MunicipalityGothenburg Municipality
 • Total0.87 km2 (0.34 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total708
 • Density813/km2 (2,110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)


Due to its geographical location, Brännö has throughout the centuries been a strategic location for seafarers and chieftains, from both Sweden and the adjacent Norway and Denmark.

It is believed that its inhabitants are the same as the Brondings who are referred to in the Anglo-Saxon poems Beowulf and Widsith. Beowulf, England's national epic, relates that Breca the Bronding was the childhood friend of the hero Beowulf and Widsith tells that Breca later was the lord of the Brondings.[1]

Brännö is mentioned in the icelandic Sagas as the location of several important thing assemblies in the Viking Age and later.[2] The Laxdæla saga relates that the beautiful Irish princess Melkorka was sold as a thrall to the Icelandic chieftain Hoskuld Dala-Kollsson, during a fair on Brännö, in the 10th century.

The jetty on the island is also mentioned in the song De' ä' dans på Brännö brygga.


  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.

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