Traditional festivities and public holidays

Traditional festivities

Festivities Dates and Swedish translation

Valentine's Day

Alla Hjärtans Dag (14 February)

The Vasa Ski Race

Vasaloppet (first Sunday in March)


Påsk (March or April)

April 1, Fool's Day

Första april (1 April)

Walpurgis Night and May Day

Valborgsmässoafton (30 April) Första maj (1 May)

Mother's Day 

Mors dag (Last Sunday in May)

Midsummer Eve 

Midsommarafton (Friday between
19–25 June)

Crayfish party

Kräftskiva (mid-August)

The surströmming premiere

Surströmmingspremiär (mid-August)


Halloween (31 October)

Father's Day 

Fars dag (Second Sunday in November)


Advent (last four Sundays before Christmas)

Nobel Prize Day 

Nobeldagen (10 December)

Santa Lucia 

Lucia (13 December)

Christmas Eve 

Julafton (24 December)

New Year's Eve 

Nyårsafton (31 December)


Public holidays

The majority of establishments in Sweden are closed on Midsummer’s Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This applies to shops, banks, museums and restaurants.

For the rest of the year Sunday hours apply to public holidays. A few restaurants are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Museums have their busiest days on public holidays – with the above exceptions.

Public holidays in SwedenSwedish translation of public holidays

New Year's Day

Nyårsdagen (1 January)


Trettondedag jul ( 6 January)

Good Friday

Långfredagen (The Friday before Easter)

Easter Sunday


Easter Monday

Annandag Påsk

1 May

Första Maj

Ascension Day

Kristi Himmelsfärdsdag (39th day after Easter)

Whit Sunday


Sweden´s National Day

Nationaldagen (6 June)

Midsummer Day

Midsommardagen (Saturday between 20-26 June )

All Saints Day

Alla helgons dag (Saturday between 31 Oct-6 Nov)

Christmas Eve

Julafton (24 Dec) the main celebration day

Christmas Day

Juldagen (25 Dec)

Boxing Day

Annandag jul (26 Dec)