Public Holidays

Public holidays in Sweden 2021-2025

The public holidays of the Swedes are strongly oriented towards Christianity - no wonder with a population that consists almost exclusively of Lutherans. As in many other countries, Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday are not public holidays, as they fall on a free Sunday anyway. Some holidays like All Saints' Day are kept variable 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. Then one may already leave work after 4-6 hours and go home.

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Non-movable holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

holidayLocal namedate
New YearNyårsdagenJan, 1st
EpiphanyTrettondedag julJan, 6th
Day 20 KnutTjugondedag KnutJan, 13th
Valentine's DayAlla hjärtans dagFeb, 14th
AnnunciationMarie BebådelsedagMar, 25th
Walpurgis EveningValborgsmässoaftonApr, 30th
Labor DayValborgMay, 1st
National holidayNational dagJun, 6th
Lucia festivalLuciadagenDec, 13th
Christmas EveJulaftonDec, 24th
1st Christmas HolidayJuldagenDec, 25th
2nd Christmas HolidayAnnandag julDec, 26th
New Year's EveNyårsaftonDec, 31st

Moving Holidays in Sweden

holidayLocal name20212022202320242025
Vasa runVasaloppetMar, 6thMar, 5thMar, 4thMar, 2ndMar, 8th
Good FridayLångfredagenApr, 2ndApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29thApr, 18th
Easter MondayAnnandag påskApr, 5thApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1stApr, 21st
Ascension of ChristKristi himmelfärds dagMay, 13thMay, 26thMay, 18thMay, 9thMay, 29th
Whit SundayPingstdagMay, 23rdJun, 5thMay, 28thMay, 19thJun, 8th
Whit MondayPingst annandadMay, 24thJun, 6thMay, 29thMay, 20thJun, 9th
Mother's DayMors dagMay, 30thMay, 29thMay, 28thMay, 26thMay, 25th
Midsummer eveningMidsommaraftonJun, 25thJun, 24thJun, 23rdJun, 21stJun, 20th
Midsummer Daymidsommar dagJun, 26thJun, 25thJun, 24thJun, 22ndJun, 21st
ThanksgivingSkördefestSep, 26thSep, 25thSep, 24thSep, 29thSep, 28th
All Saints' DayAlla Helgons dagNov, 6thNov, 5thNov, 4thNov, 2ndNov, 1st
Father's DayFars dagNov, 14thNov, 13thNov, 12thNov, 10thNov, 9th

Midsummer Festival

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 purely and the Saturday before it is also declared a holiday.

After Midsummer's Day there is a long period of work. Because up to the celebration of the all saints' day in the first November week there are no further work-free days. And also All Saints' Day 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 a, June 6, has a long history behind it. While almost every country has its own national holiday, the Swedes have 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. But the date is actually quite obvious: June 6th 1523 Gustav Vasas was crowned king, which made Sweden independent from Denmark. And also on 6 June - but in 1809 - the current constitution was adopted.