May 13, 2024
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Sweden Public Holidays 2024

Eli McGarvie

In Sweden, there are 11 public holidays observed nationwide in 2024.

Public holidays in Sweden 2024

Date Holiday Local Name Day
January 1 New Year's Day Nyårsdagen Monday
January 6 Epiphany Trettondedag jul Saturday
April 29 Good Friday Långfredagen Friday
May 1 May Day Första maj Wednesday
June 6 National Day Nationaldagen Thursday
June 22 Midsummer Day Midsommardagen Saturday
November 2 All Saints' Day Alla helgons dag Saturday
December 25 Christmas Day Juldagen Wednesday
December 26 Boxing Day Annandag jul Thursday

Public holidays in Sweden 2025

Date Holiday Day
January 1 New Year's Day Wednesday
January 6 Epiphany Monday
April 18 Good Friday Friday
May 1 May Day Thursday
June 6 National Day Friday
June 21 Midsummer Day Saturday
November 1 All Saints' Day Saturday
December 25 Christmas Day Thursday
December 26 Boxing Day Friday

Informal holidays in Sweden

  • Fettisdagen (Shrove Tuesday): This occurs 47 days before Easter and is known for enjoying "semlor", a sweet bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream.
  • Sportlov: A week-long break typically in February or March, where families engage in winter sports like skiing.
  • Våffeldagen (Waffle Day): Celebrated on March 25th, Swedes enjoy heart-shaped waffles topped with various sweets.
  • Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Night): On April 30th, marking the arrival of spring with bonfires and singing.
  • Midsommar: Celebrated around June 25th, this major holiday involves dancing around maypoles and feasting.
  • Surströmming Day: Not a public holiday but a notable event, particularly in Northern Sweden, involving the consumption of a notoriously smelly fermented fish.
  • Alla Helgons Dag (All Saint's Day): On the Saturday closest to November 1st, Swedes visit cemeteries to honour deceased loved ones.
  • Gustav II Adolf’s Day: Celebrated on November 6th, particularly in Gothenburg, in memory of King Gustav II Adolf with cake featuring his figure.

Easter in Sweden

In Sweden, Easter is a vibrant blend of religious observance and festive traditions, observed from Good Friday through Easter Monday. In 2025, Easter celebrations begin on Good Friday, April 18th, and continue with Easter Sunday on April 20th, followed by Easter Monday on April 21st. This period, known for the children dressing up as Easter witches and going door-to-door for treats in some parts of the country, embodies a unique Swedish take on the holiday.

Public holidays by country

Country Public holidays
🇩🇪 Germany 9
🇦🇹 Austria 13
🇳🇱 Netherlands 7
🇬🇧 UK 12
🇨🇭 Switzerland 9
🇮🇪 Ireland 11
🏴 Scotland 9
🇫🇮 Finland 10
🇫🇷 France 11
🇪🇸 Spain 11
🇵🇹 Portugal 13
🇸🇪 Sweden 11
🇳🇴 Norway 12
🇮🇹 Italy 11

Sweden Public Holidays 2024

May 13, 2024
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