Public Holidays in Sweden

Swedes love holidays because it combines family and friends, often outside, with a good smorgasbord (Swedish-style buffet) and traditional songs.

In fact, Midsummer in Sweden is the second most important holiday after Christmas, celebrated by every Swedes. If you want to get to know Sweden from its warmest side, this is your perfect chance.

Public Holidays and Observances in 2021

1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day (Nyårsdagen)Public holiday
5 JanuaryTwelfth Night (Trettondagsafton)Half-holiday
6 JanuaryEpiphany (Trettondedag jul)Public holiday
14 Feb-ruaryValentine’s Day (Alla hjärtans dag)Observance
1 AprilMaundy Thursday (Skärtorsdagen)Half-holiday
2 AprilGood Friday (Långfredag)Public holiday
3 AprilEaster Eve (Påskafton)Half-holiday
4 AprilEaster Sunday (Påskdagen)Public holiday
5 AprilEaster Monday (Annandag Påsk)Public holiday
30 AprilWalpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton)Half-holiday, major Swedish tradition
1 MayMay Day / International Workers’ Day (Första maj)Public holiday
13 MayAscension Day (Kristihimmelsfärdsdag)Public holiday
22 MayWhit Sunday Eve / Pentecost (Pingstafton) Half-holiday
23 MayWhit Sunday Day / Pentecost (Pingstdagen)Public holiday
30 MayMother’s Day (Morsdag)Observance
6 JuneSweden’s National Day (Sveriges nationaldag)Public holiday
25 JuneMidsummer Eve (Midsommarafton)Half-holiday, major Swedish tradition
26 JuneMidsummer Day (Midsommardagen)Public holiday
5 Nov-emberAll Hallows’ Eve (Allhelgonaafton)Half-holiday
6 Nov-emberAll Saints’ Day (Alla helgons dag)Public holiday
14 Nov-emberFather’s Day (Farsdag)Observance
13 Dec-emberSaint Lucia (Lucia)Observance, major Swedish tradition
24 Dec-emberChristmas Eve (Julafton)Half-holiday
25 Dec-emberChristmas Day (Juldagen)Public holiday
26 Dec-ember2nd Day of Christmas (Annandag jul)Public holiday
31 Dec-emberNew Year’s Eve (Nyårsafton)Half-holiday

Public Holidays and Observances in 2022

1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day (Nyårsdagen)Public holiday
5 JanuaryTwelfth Night (Trettondagsafton)Half-holiday
6 JanuaryEpiphany (Trettondedag jul)Public holiday
14 Feb-ruaryValentine’s Day (Alla hjärtans dag)Observance
14 AprilMaundy Thursday (Skärtorsdagen)Half-holiday
15 AprilGood Friday (Långfredag)Public holiday
16 AprilEaster Eve (Påskafton)Half-holiday
17 AprilEaster Sunday (Påskdagen)Public holiday
18 AprilEaster Monday (Annandag Påsk)Public holiday
30 AprilWalpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton)Half-holiday, major Swedish tradition
1 MayMay Day / International Workers’ Day (Första maj)Public holiday
26 MayAscension Day (Kristihimmelsfärdsdag)Public holiday
4 JuneWhit Sunday Eve / Pentecost (Pingstafton) Half-holiday
5 JuneWhit Sunday Day / Pentecost (Pingstdagen)Public holiday
29 MayMother’s Day (Morsdag)Observance
6 JuneSweden’s National Day (Sveriges nationaldag)Public holiday
24 JuneMidsummer Eve (Midsommarafton)Half-holiday, major Swedish tradition
25 JuneMidsummer Day (Midsommardagen)Public holiday
4 Nov-emberAll Hallows’ Eve (Allhelgonaafton)Half-holiday
5 Nov-ember All Saints’ Day (Alla helgons dag)Public holiday
13 Nov-emberFather’s Day (Farsdag)Observance
13 Dec-emberSaint Lucia (Lucia)Observance, major Swedish tradition
24 Dec-emberChristmas Eve (Julafton)Half-holiday
25 Dec-emberChristmas Day (Juldagen)Public holiday
26 Dec-ember2nd Day of Christmas (Annandag jul)Public holiday
31 Dec-emberNew Year’s Eve (Nyårsafton)Half-holiday