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The village of Brännberg (formerly Johannesberg) is located 20 miles west of Boden, in the Alån valley at the foot of Brännberget. With roots in agriculture and forestry, the village grew up in connection with the construction of the Northern Main Line in the late 19th century. In the 1970s and 80s, families with children moved here and modern villas were built among older houses and farms. For a long time, the village had a shop and a school, but as these activities have been discontinued, the place has become a quiet village close to nature. Both retirees and families with children live here, but the trend is for younger people to move in. Many of the villagers commute to work in Boden, Luleå or Älvsbyn, but there are also a number of small businesses, including a berry company that runs premises for its seasonal employees. The village’s most appreciated assets are its proximity to fine woodlands and fishing lakes and the modernly equipped village hall. Brännberg is often described as a safe place with proximity to both nature and urban areas. In 2023, the village will have its own bus service to Boden.

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  • 1. Close to nature, peaceful and quiet Brännberg is close to the forest (mixed forest and pine heaths) and thus to berries and mushrooms.
    Fishing lakes are nearby, such as Vitträsk, Vändträsket and Alträsket.
  • 2. Community spirit Calm, pleasant and safe are words that recur when Brännberg residents describe their village. There is a genuine sense of community here and it is natural to help each other. The village association organizes annual activities such as spring and autumn dinners, a joint paltry dinner during the hunt, Christmas porridge and an evening café.
  • 3. City hall The former shop houses the village hall with a modern gym and bakery. Both the room and the bakery can be rented by the public. The activity is run by the village association Bärkraft.
  • 4. Snowmobile tracks Brännberg has fine snowmobile trails that dock with Älvsbyn, Boden, Bredåker, Degerbäcken, Degerträsk and other places. The tracks are laid on private initiative.
  • 5. Leisure time The village has a football pitch, tennis court and an elk shooting range run by the hunting teams. There is no bathing area, but some villagers like to take a dip in the Alån, which is also a fine river for fishing.

About the area

The early development of Brännberg took place through the so-called colonies. These were a way for the state to discourage emigration and stimulate the colonization of Norrbotten. The colonists were offered a home and a piece of farmland, often on a drained marsh. Several of these units were later transformed into small farms. The village was also home to sawmills, brickworks and a factory producing the so-called ‘Brännbergskojan’.

Another interesting aspect of the village’s history is the government experimental farm established in the early 1900s. At that time it was considered an important task for the state to find ways to cultivate marshland. The experimental farm was successful and attracted students from all over the country. The farmers at the colonies were also offered work here. In the late 1930s, the farm was transferred to the Agricultural College, which continued to operate the farm until 1957.

Today, it is the berry picking that characterizes the village. During July, many berry pickers come here to harvest cloudberries, blueberries and lingonberries.


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