Public Holidays

Public holidays in Sweden

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.

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 name20222023202420252026
Vasa runVasaloppetMarch 5thMarch 4thMarch 2ndMarch 8thMarch 7th
Good FridayLångfredagenApril 15thApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rd
Easter MondayAnnandag påskApril 18thApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6th
Ascension of ChristKristi himmelfärds dagMay 26thMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14th
Mother's DayMors dagMay 29thMay 28thMay 26thMay 25thMay 31st
Whit SundayPingstdagJune 5thMay 28thMay 19thJune 8thMay 24th
Whit MondayPingst annandadJune 6thMay 29thMay 20thJune 9thMay 25th
Midsummer eveningMidsommaraftonJune 24thJune 23rdJune 21stJune 20thJune 19th
Midsummer Daymidsommar dagJune 25thJune 24thJune 22ndJune 21stJune 20th
ThanksgivingSkördefestSept. 25thSept. 24thSept. 29thSept. 28thSept. 27th
All Saints' DayAlla Helgons dagNov. 5thNov. 4thNov. 2ndNov. 1stNov. 7th
Father's DayFars dagNov. 13thNov. 12thNov. 10thNov. 9thNov. 8th

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 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.
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