A new year, a new empty agenda! My agenda is never empty for very long as I begin to mark all the long weekends and school vacations. Knowing when it is a bank holiday or school vacation in Sweden is so handy when planning a trip. That’s why I set up this list for you with the dates of the official public holidays in Sweden. This way you can also choose your travel dates in function of certain festivities and you avoid only finding out when you’re there, that many things may be closed during your stay in Sweden because of a bank holiday.
Swedish (bank) holidays 2023
The official Swedish bank holidays are röda dagar (red days) in Sweden. These are the days when most of the Swedes do not have to work. I put them bold in the list below. Midsummer Eve and Christmas Eve are in bold and italic. Although no official holidays in Sweden, most of the Swedes take the day off or stop working earlier.
|1 January||Nyårsdagen||New year|
|6 January||Trettondedag Jul|
|13 January||Tjugondedag Jul (Knutsdagen)|
|14 February||Alla Hjärtans dag||Valentine’s day|
|10 April||Annandag Påsk||Easter monday|
|1 May||Första Maj|
|18 May||Kristi Himmelfärds dag|
|28 May||Mors dag||Mother’s day|
|6 June||Sveriges nationaldag||National holiday|
|29 May||Annandag Pingst|
|23 June||Midsommarafton||Midsummer eve|
|4 November||Alla Helgons dag (Skogskyrkogården)||All Saints|
|12 November||Fars dag||Father’s day|
|13 December||Luciadagen||St Lucia|
|24 December||Julafton||Christmas eve|
|25 December||Juldagen (Jul)||Christmas|
|26 December||Annandag Jul||Boxing Day|
Swedish school holidays 2023
The Swedish school holidays are sometimes spread, depending on the region.
Christmas holidays in Sweden are from December 22, 2023, till January 5, 2024.
Visiting Stockholm during Christmas season? Read this article!
In Sweden, the winter holiday is called ‘sportlov‘ or sports holidays. This holiday is spread between weeks 7 and 10, depending on the region. In Göteborg it is week 7, in Malmö week 8 and Stockholm had week 9.
If you would like to book a skiing holiday in Sweden, it may be useful to take these dates into account. Outside these periods, certain slopes can be closed or more (and cheaper) accommodation can be available.
Only Stockholm and Central Sweden have a full week of Easter Holidays. The other regions only have an extended Easter weekend.
The Summer Holidays in Sweden commence on June 14th and last until August 18, 2023 (depending on the region, this may differ a few days). Keep in mind that after this date touristic areas are a lot less busy and some attractions and facilities might be closed.
The autumn vacation also depend on the region: from 30 October to 3 November 2023.
Good to know when planning your vacation to Sweden
⭐️On the eve of a holiday, shops and museums often close a bit earlier. Midsummer can be compared to Christmas. Just about everything is closed and a lot of Swedes go to their sommarstuga or holiday home. Yes, the day before is often one of the busiest times on the roads!
⭐️ During the corona crisis, the Swedes seemed to have rediscovered their own country. So keep in mind that during the Swedish summer holidays it can be crowded in the popular places. It is best to book overnight stays in touristic regions in advance. Try to travel a little later if you can – in mid-August the Swedish summer holidays are over and things are quieter again. Do check that the addresses you want to visit are still open during the week, for example. Or avoid the more popular spots and explore lesser-known regions.
⭐️ Many holidays are special celebrations to experience in Sweden. I’m thinking of Valborg, midsummer,… Sometimes I really try to plan my trips around those events.
What are ‘flag days’ or flaggdagar?
Flaggdagar are days when you rise the flag. You fly the flag when you feel like it, usually on family occasions such as birthdays, weddings, etc. and of course also on general flag days established by the government. There are 17 national flag days and there can even be local flag days. Apart from days like New Year, Easter, the National Day,… also the ‘name days’ and the birthdays for the king, queen and crown princess are flag days.
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When does summer break start in Sweden?
The summer school holidays already start halfway June. Most people take a break shortly after midsummer. It is not unusual in Sweden to take several weeks off.