A new year, a new empty agenda! If it depends on me, that agenda is never empty for very long and I begin to mark all the long weekends and vacations. Knowing when the holidays and vacations fall seem to be handy. That’s why I set up a list for you with the dates of the holidays in Sweden. This way you can not only avoid the fact that many things are closed during your stay, but you can also choose your travel dates in function of certain festivities.
Swedish Holidays 2019
The official Swedish holidays are also called holiday days or röda dagen (red days). These are the days when most of Sweden 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 holiday, most of the Swedish 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|
|22 April||Annandag Påsk||Easter monday|
|1 May||Första Maj|
|30 May||Kristi Himmelfärds dag|
|26 May||Mors dag||Mother’s day|
|6 June||Sveriges nationaldag||National holiday|
|10 June||Annandag Pingst|
|21 June||Midsommarafton||Midsummer eve|
|2 November||Alla Helgons dag||All Saints|
|10 November||Fars dag||Father’s day|
|13 December||Luciadagen||St Lucia|
|24 December||Julafton||Christmas eve|
|26 December||Annandag Jul||Boxing Day|
Swedish school holidays 2019
The Swedish school holidays are sometimes spread, depending on the region.
The Christmas holiday run for everyone from December 22, 2018, till January 8, 2019. Next year the Christmas holiday in Sweden will start on 22 December 2019, till January 6, 2020.
Visiting Stockholm during Christmas season? Be sure to read this article!
In Swedish, they call the winter holiday ‘sportlov’ or sports holiday. This holiday is spread between weeks 7 and 11. The regions of Gävleborg, Dalarna, Örebro, Uppsala, Värmland and Västmanland have a holiday of 11 February, till February 15th. For Stockholm sportlov is from 25 February till March 1st. For Jämtland, that is from 4 till 8th of March. The other regions are free from 18 till February 22nd.
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 off. The other regions only have an extended Easter weekend.
The Summer Holidays in Sweden commence on June 12th, and last until August 18, 2019.
The autumn vacation is also the same for all regions: from 28 October to 3 November.