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Title: Brännö  
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Language: English
Subject: Branno, Andalen, Björlanda, Kvisljungeby, Tumlehed
Collection: Islands of Västra Götaland County, Populated Places in Västra Götaland County, Southern Gothenburg Archipelago
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The field that is located close to the center of the island
The field that is located close to the center of the island
Brännö is located in Sweden
Country Sweden
Province Västergötland
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Göteborg Municipality
 • Total 0.87 km2 (0.34 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 708
 • Density 813/km2 (2,110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

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


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 Höskuld Dalakollson, during a fair on Brännö, in the 10th century.


  1. ^ a b c 2005 och 2010"2"Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km (in Swedish).  

External links

  • Note 1: The Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, the posthumous dictionary by Joseph Bosworth (1898), see bróc - brot
  • Note 2: (Swedish) Brännö History Local fan site dedicated to Brännö (in Swedish)

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