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Holidays and Flag Days to Know in Finland 2020

What are the public holidays, flag days, and just good-to-know days of Finland in 2020? From the days where offices are closed to important festivals, we have your full list here so you don’t miss out on anything!

 

What is a flag day in Finland?

Flag days are days that have been decreed as dates on which to fly a specific flag – usually the national flag. On flag days in Denmark, businesses are not closed nor are there special hours. You’ll see flags flying from the front of buses across the country.

All national institutions must fly the flag on these dates, while private institutions and people are not obligated to do so (though many do).

There are many unofficial flag days when it is nevertheless customary to fly the flag; these have been noted in the calendar below. Many of these days are culturally important and celebrate both an institution (e.g. “Finnish music”) on the birthday of a major contributor to that institution (e.g. composer Jean Sibelius).

Unlike in most other Nordic countries, Easter and Christmas are not flag days. Finnish people are welcome to fly the flag privately on any day they deem important, including family birthdays and weddings.

 

What is a public holiday in Finland?

Public holidays are national holidays when public offices, institutions, and administrative buildings are closed. Some private businesses were also closed while others stay open, including a fair number of restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. This changes year-to-year so check individual websites for holiday opening hours if you’re not sure.

Here are the public holidays, flag days, and important dates to know in Finland 2020.

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January in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 January New Year’s Day: Uudenvuodenpäivä
6 Jan Epiphany: Loppiainen

 

 

February in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

5 February Birthday of national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg: Runebergin päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
28 February Day of Finnish Culture: Kalevala

 
 

March in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

19 March Day of Equality: tasa-arvon päivä
Birthday of playwright Minna Canth: Minna Canth päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)

 

 

April in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

9 April Day of the Finnish Language: suomen kielen päivää
Mikael Agricolan Day: Mikael Agricolan päivää
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
10 April Good Friday: Pitkäperjantai
12 April Easter Sunday: Pääsiäispäivä
13 April Easter Monday: 2. pääsiäispäivä
22 – 26 April April Jazz
23 April – 23 May Ramadan
27 April National War Veteran’s Day: Kansallinen veteraanipäivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)

 
 

May in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 May Walpurgis: Vappu
9 May Europe Day: Eurooppa-päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
10 May Mother’s Day: Äitien päivä
12 May Day of Finnish Identity: suomalaisuuden päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
16 May Helsinki Marathon
17 May Commemoration Day of Fallen Soldiers: Kaatuneitten muistopäivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
21 May Ascension Day: helatorstai
31 May Whit Sunday / Pentecost: Helluntaipäivä

 

 

June in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 June Whit Monday
4 June Day of Finnish Defense Forces: Puolustusvoimain lippujuhlan päivä
19 June Midsummer’s Eve: Juhannusaatto
(An unofficial holiday but shops remain open)
20 June Midsummer: Juhannuspäivä
Day of the Finnish Flag: Suomen lipun päivä
22 – 28 June Helsinki Pride

 
 

July in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

6 July Celebration of poetry and summer: Runon ja suven päivä
Birthday of poet Eino Leino: Eino Leinon päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
10 – 14  July Full Moon Dance Festival

 

 

August in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

14 – 16 August Flow Festival
20 August – 6 September Helsinki Festival

 
 

September in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

3 – 13 September Helsinki Design Week

 

 

October in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

10 October Day of Finnish Literature: suomalaisen kirjallisuuden päivä
Birthday of national writer Aleksis Kivi: Aleksis Kiven päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
24 October Day of the United Nations: Yhdistyneiden kansakuntien päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
31 October Halloween

 
 

November in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 November All Saint’s Day: Pyhäinpäivä
6 November Finnish Swedish Heritage Day: Ruotsalaisuuden päivä
Gustavus Adolphus Day: Gustavus Adolphuksen päivä
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
8 November Father’s Day: Isänpäivä
29 November First advent

 

 

December in Finland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

6 December Finnish Independence Day: Itsenäisyyspäivä
6 December Second advent
8 December Day of Finnish Music: Suomalaisen musiikin päivä
Birthday of composer Jean Sibelius: Jean Sibeliuksen päivää
(Unofficial but customary flag day)
13 December Third advent
13 December St Lucy’s Day: Lucian päivä
20 December Fourth advent
24 December Christmas Eve: Jouluaatto
(An unofficial holiday, included in most collective business agreements)
25 December Christmas Day: Joulupäivä
26 December Second Day of Christmas: 2. joulupäivä or Tapaninpäivä
31 December New Year’s Eve: Uudenvuodenaatto

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