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Holidays and Flag Days to Know in Sweden 2020

Dates for public holidays and flag days in Sweden are important to know, both to understand when holidays are happening and when businesses might be closed. Our full list means you’ll always be in the know!

What is a flag day in Sweden?

Flag days are days that have been decreed as dates on which to the national flag. On flag days in Sweden, businesses are not closed nor are there special hours.

All national institutions must fly the flag on these dates, while private institutions and people are not obligated to do so (though many do). The flag must be raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset, and must never touch the ground while being taken to the flagpole.

The birthdays of adult royals are non-obligatory flag days. Some public holidays are also flag days, such as Easter, Christmas, and Midsummer’s Day.

 
 

What is a public holiday in Sweden?

Public holidays are national holidays when public offices, institutions, and administrative buildings are closed. Many restaurants, grocery stores, and shop are open, but exactly which ones change 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 Sweden 2020.

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January in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 January New Year’s Day: Nyårsdagen
5 January Twelfth Night: Trettondagsafton
6 January Epiphany: Trettondedag jul
24 January – 3 February Goteborg International Film Festival
28 January Name day of the King: Konungens namnsdag

 

 

February in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

3 – 9 February Stockholm Design Week
4 – 8 February Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

 
 

March in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

12 March Name day of the Crown Princess: Kronprinsessans namnsdag
20 March Spring equinox

 

 

April in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

9 April Maundy Thursday: Skärtorsdagen
10 April Good Friday: Långfredagen
12 April Easter Sunday: Påsk
13 April Easter Monday: Annandag påsk
23 April – 23 May Ramadan
30 April Walpurgis Night: Valborgsmässoafton
30 April Birthday of the King: Konungens födelsedag

 
 

May in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 May International Worker’s Day
21 May Ascension Day: Kristi himmelsfärds dag
22 May The Friday after Ascension Day: Himmelsfärdsdag fredag. (Not a holiday but maybe be given by some employers).
29 May Veterans Day: Veterandagen
30 May Stockholm Marathon
30 May Pentecost Eve: Helgdagar (Not an official public holiday. It is traditionally a non-working day, so many businesses are closed).
31 May Whit Sunday: Pingstdagen
31 May Mother’s Day: Mors dag

 

 

June in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 June Whit Monday: Annandag pingst. (Previously a holiday).
6 June National Day of Sweden: Sveriges nationaldag
19 June Midsummer Eve: Midsommarafton. (De facto holiday).
20 June Midsummer’s Day: Midsommardagen
20 June Summer solstice
23 June – 27 July Bergman Week
26 – 28 June Lollapalooza Festival

 
 

July in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

27 July – 2  August Stockholm Pride
14 July Birthday of the Crown Princess: Kronprinsessans födelsedag

 

 

August in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

8 August Name day of the Queen: Drottningens namnsdag
13 – 15 August Way Out West Festival

 
 

September in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

22 September Autumn equinox

 

 

October in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

24 October United Nations Day: FN-dagen
31 October Halloween

 
 

November in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 November All Saint’s Day: Alla helgons dag
6 November Gustavus Adolphus Day: Gustav Adolfsdagen
8 November Father’s Day: Fars dag
29 November First advent

 

 

December in Sweden

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

6 December Second advent
10 December Alfred Nobel Day: Nobeldagen
13 December St Lucy’s Day: Luciadag
20 December Third advent
21 December Winter solstice
23 December Birthday of the Queen: Drottningens födelsedag
24 December Christmas Eve: Julafton
25 December Christmas Day: Juldagen
26 December Second Day of Christmas: Annandag jul
31 December New Year’s Eve: Nyårsafton

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