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Public holidays in Sweden

The public holidays in Sweden are strongly oriented towards Christianity — no wonder with a population that consists almost exclusively of Lutherans. As in many other countries, Easter Sunday and Whitsunday are not public holidays, as they fall on a Sunday anyway. Some holidays like All Saints' Day vary and always fall on a Saturday.

Since many holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday, some employees, such as civil servants, have a shortened working day before such holidays, where one may leave work after four to six hours.


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Non-floating holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

DateHolidayLocal name
Jan. 1stNew YearNyårsdagen
Jan. 6thEpiphanyTrettondedag jul
Jan. 13thDay 20 KnutTjugondedag Knut
Feb. 14thValentine's DayAlla hjärtans dag
March 25thAnnunciationMarie Bebådelsedag
April 30thWalpurgis EveningValborgsmässoafton
May 1stLabor DayValborg
June 6thNational holidayNational dag
Dec. 13thLucia festivalLuciadagen
Dec. 24thChristmas EveJulafton
Dec. 25th1st Christmas HolidayJuldagen
Dec. 26th2nd Christmas HolidayAnnandag jul
Dec. 31stNew Year's EveNyårsafton



Moving Holidays in Sweden

HolidayLocal name20232024202520262027
Vasa runVasaloppetMarch 4thMarch 2ndMarch 8thMarch 7thMarch 6th
Good FridayLångfredagenApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Easter MondayAnnandag påskApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6thMarch 29th
Ascension of ChristKristi himmelfärds dagMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Whit SundayPingstdagMay 28thMay 19thJune 8thMay 24thMay 16th
Mother's DayMors dagMay 28thMay 26thMay 25thMay 31stMay 30th
Whit MondayPingst annandadMay 29thMay 20thJune 9thMay 25thMay 17th
Midsummer eveningMidsommaraftonJune 23rdJune 21stJune 20thJune 19thJune 25th
Midsummer Daymidsommar dagJune 24thJune 22ndJune 21stJune 20thJune 26th
ThanksgivingSkördefestSept. 24thSept. 29thSept. 28thSept. 27thSept. 26th
All Saints' DayAlla Helgons dagNov. 4thNov. 2ndNov. 1stNov. 7thNov. 6th
Father's DayFars dagNov. 12thNov. 10thNov. 9thNov. 8thNov. 14th

Midsummer Festival

Public Holidays A special feature of the Swedish calendar is the midsummer festival. The day of the summer solstice is the longest day of the year and in the northern regions, the sun actually shines 24 hours a day. This is celebrated with the Midsommarfest on the following Saturday. If the solstice falls on a Sunday, it is also celebrated then and the Saturday before it is also declared a holiday.

After Midsummer's Day, there is a long period of work because until the celebration of All Saints' Day in the first week of November, there are no further work-free days. All Saints' Day also has a special feature in Sweden: "Alla helgons dag" is not always celebrated on November 1, but on the first Saturday in November. From 1772 to 1953, the day was even on the first Sunday of the month and thus never became a work-free day.

A long way to the national holiday

The Swedish national holiday, June 6, has a long history behind it. While almost every country has its own national holiday, the Swedes had to wait until 2005 to make it official. The 6/6 was already known as the day of the Swedish flag, but it was not a public holiday. The date is actually quite obvious: June 6th, 1523, Gustav Vasas was crowned king, which made Sweden independent from Denmark. And also, on June 6th — but in 1809 — the current constitution was adopted.
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