Public holidays in SwedenThe 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 holidaysNon-statutory holidays are written in gray.
|Jan. 1st||New Year||Nyårsdagen|
|Jan. 6th||Epiphany||Trettondedag jul|
|Jan. 13th||Day 20 Knut||Tjugondedag Knut|
|Feb. 14th||Valentine's Day||Alla hjärtans dag|
|March 25th||Annunciation||Marie Bebådelsedag|
|April 30th||Walpurgis Evening||Valborgsmässoafton|
|May 1st||Labor Day||Valborg|
|June 6th||National holiday||National dag|
|Dec. 13th||Lucia festival||Luciadagen|
|Dec. 24th||Christmas Eve||Julafton|
|Dec. 25th||1st Christmas Holiday||Juldagen|
|Dec. 26th||2nd Christmas Holiday||Annandag jul|
|Dec. 31st||New Year's Eve||Nyårsafton|
Moving Holidays in Sweden
|Vasa run||Vasaloppet||March 4th||March 2nd||March 8th||March 7th||March 6th|
|Good Friday||Långfredagen||April 7th||March 29th||April 18th||April 3rd||March 26th|
|Easter Monday||Annandag påsk||April 10th||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th||March 29th|
|Ascension of Christ||Kristi himmelfärds dag||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th||May 6th|
|Whit Sunday||Pingstdag||May 28th||May 19th||June 8th||May 24th||May 16th|
|Mother's Day||Mors dag||May 28th||May 26th||May 25th||May 31st||May 30th|
|Whit Monday||Pingst annandad||May 29th||May 20th||June 9th||May 25th||May 17th|
|Midsummer evening||Midsommarafton||June 23rd||June 21st||June 20th||June 19th||June 25th|
|Midsummer Day||midsommar dag||June 24th||June 22nd||June 21st||June 20th||June 26th|
|Thanksgiving||Skördefest||Sept. 24th||Sept. 29th||Sept. 28th||Sept. 27th||Sept. 26th|
|All Saints' Day||Alla Helgons dag||Nov. 4th||Nov. 2nd||Nov. 1st||Nov. 7th||Nov. 6th|
|Father's Day||Fars dag||Nov. 12th||Nov. 10th||Nov. 9th||Nov. 8th||Nov. 14th|
Midsummer FestivalA 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.