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 2020

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
9 AprilMaundy Thursday (Skärtorsdagen)Half-holiday
10 AprilGood Friday (Långfredag)Public holiday
11 AprilEaster Eve (Påskafton)Half-holiday
12 AprilEaster Sunday (Påskdagen)Public holiday
13 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
21 MayAscension Day (Kristihimmelsfärdsdag)Public holiday
30 MayWhit Sunday Eve / Pentecost (Pingstafton) Half-holiday
31 MayWhit Sunday Day / Pentecost (Pingstdagen)Public holiday
31 MayMother’s Day (Morsdag)Observance
6 JuneSweden’s National Day (Sveriges nationaldag)Public holiday
19 JuneMidsummer Eve (Midsommarafton)Half-holiday, major Swedish tradition
20 JuneMidsummer Day (Midsommardagen)Public holiday
30 Oct-oberAll Hallows’ Eve (Allhelgonaafton)Half-holiday
31 Oct-oberAll Saints’ Day (Alla helgons dag)Public holiday
8 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 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