Public holidays in SwedenThe 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 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 5th||March 4th||March 2nd||March 8th||March 7th|
|Good Friday||Långfredagen||April 15th||April 7th||March 29th||April 18th||April 3rd|
|Easter Monday||Annandag påsk||April 18th||April 10th||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th|
|Ascension of Christ||Kristi himmelfärds dag||May 26th||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th|
|Mother's Day||Mors dag||May 29th||May 28th||May 26th||May 25th||May 31st|
|Whit Sunday||Pingstdag||June 5th||May 28th||May 19th||June 8th||May 24th|
|Whit Monday||Pingst annandad||June 6th||May 29th||May 20th||June 9th||May 25th|
|Midsummer evening||Midsommarafton||June 24th||June 23rd||June 21st||June 20th||June 19th|
|Midsummer Day||midsommar dag||June 25th||June 24th||June 22nd||June 21st||June 20th|
|Thanksgiving||Skördefest||Sept. 25th||Sept. 24th||Sept. 29th||Sept. 28th||Sept. 27th|
|All Saints' Day||Alla Helgons dag||Nov. 5th||Nov. 4th||Nov. 2nd||Nov. 1st||Nov. 7th|
|Father's Day||Fars dag||Nov. 13th||Nov. 12th||Nov. 10th||Nov. 9th||Nov. 8th|
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 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.