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Important dates and holidays in Sweden 2019

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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)
5 March Fettisdagen
14 February Alla Hjärtans dag Valentine’s day
18 April Skärtorsdagen
19 April Långfredagen
21 April Påskdagen Easter
22 April Annandag Påsk Easter monday
30 April Valborgsmässoafton Walpurgis
1 May Första Maj
30 May Kristi Himmelfärds dag
26 May Mors dag Mother’s day
6 June Sveriges nationaldag National holiday
9 June Pingstdagen
10 June Annandag Pingst
21 June Midsommarafton Midsummer eve
22 June Midsommaren Midsummer
2 November Alla Helgons dag All Saints
10 November Fars dag Father’s day
13 December Luciadagen St Lucia
24 December Julafton Christmas eve
25 December Juldagen Christmas
26 December Annandag Jul  Boxing Day

Swedish school holidays 2019

The Swedish school holidays are sometimes spread, depending on the region.

Christmas Holidays

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!

Winter Holidays

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.

Easter Holidays

Only Stockholm and Central Sweden have a full week off. The other regions only have an extended Easter weekend.

Summer Holiday

The Summer Holidays in Sweden commence on June 12th, and last until August 18, 2019.

Autumn Holiday

The autumn vacation is also the same for all regions: from 28 October to 3 November.

Elections in Sweden

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This website is mostly about travel information and inspiration on Sweden. For those who want to get to know the country and its culture a bit better, I sometimes write about ‘typical Swedish stuff‘. On this election day (today, September 9, 2018, the Swedes have to vote for a new parliament) I thought it was interesting to zoom in on Swedish politics, the elections and the political parties in Sweden.

Sveriges Riksdag - elections sweden politics

Elections in Sweden

Sweden is, just like Belgium and the Netherlands, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The king has a rather symbolic function and the government and parliament govern the country. The government and riksdagen (parliament) carry the legislative power. Riksdagen consists of only 1 chamber with 349 elected representatives. In 29 electoral districts they choose 310 members of parliament on the basis of proportional representation. The remaining 39 seats are distributed among the elected parties. Twenty-four ministers are in the government.

Elections are held every 4 years. A Speaker is appointed. In Sweden a government can also come to power without a majority, as long as the majority of the parliament does not vote against it. After compiling the government, the parliament also votes on the budget. If they reject the budget, this can lead to early elections.

The Swedes have voting rights from the age of 18 (but no voting duty). Over the past few weeks I have seen a lot of calls on Swedish social media to vote. This year the elections for the municipal councils and the provincial councils coincide with those for the Swedish parliament. The parliament is housed in riksdagshuset, at Helgeandsholmen – part of Gamla Stan and close to the royal palace in Stockholm. In addition to the elections, there are also referendums. For example, in 1955 the Swedish population was allowed to vote on which side of the road they would be driving. More recently, there were also referendums on whether or not to join the euro.

Swedish government and parliament 2014-2018

For the past 4 years, Sweden had a minority center left government, led by the Social Democrats, along with the green party. Stefan Löfven was the prime minister. In his Council of Ministers he had to deal with various scandals and ministers that were replaced.

Local politics

The city council is elected every 3 years. Every year a chairman is elected to the city council that takes on the role of what we know as mayor. The provincial constituencies correspond to the ‘län’ (= Swedish province). Here too, they are directly elected.

Sami Parliament

In both Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia there is also a Sami parliament. This will be discussed later in a separate article.

Swedish political parties

As in most Western European parliaments, the Swedish political landscape has two sides: left and right. On the left, progressive side, we have the Socialdemokraterna (S), Vänsterpartiet (V) (vänster = left), and the greens or Miljöpartiet de Gröna (MP). The right-wing, conservative side consists of Liberalerna (L), Centerparty (C), Moderaterna (M) (= moderates) and the smaller Kristdemokraterna (KD). Since 2010, the popularity of the far-right Sverigedemokraterna (SD) has increased. There is currently a cordon sanitary. No other party wants to get into a government with SD. The question is whether this will continue after the 9/9/2018 elections.

Do you speak Swedish and want to know more about the elections in Sweden? Here you will find a list of Swedish media.

Swedish newspapers & magazines

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One of the first things I looked up when I was learning Swedish (and could already read a bit of Swedish) was which newspapers and magazines they have in Sweden. Every time I am in Sweden, I buy a pile of Swedish newspapers and magazines so that I have some reading material and can cover the period until I go back. In the list below you will also find the links so that you can read the news and the articles online. Sometimes you need a subscription. For the time being I have limited myself to the most popular and nationally available editions.

Swedish newspapers magazines

Swedish newspapers

Certainly check out The Local. They offer news on Sweden, in English. Always fun to learn more about Swedish society and Swedish culture.

Swedish magazines

Women’s magazines

  • Amelia
  • Damernas Värld is one of the oldest Swedish magazines. They focus on fashion and beauty.
  • Elle, the Swedish version of the world known magazine.
  • Femina
  • Svensk Damtidning is also a real classic. The magazine was first edited in 1889. There is a lot of royal news in this magazine as well.
  • Tara – my personal favourite at the moment.

Men have their own magazine Café.

Gossip

  • Hänt – Hänt i veckan – Hänt Extra: very thin gossip newspaper. Short and easy to read but don’t believe everything that’s in it!

Theme magazines

  • Hem Ljuva Hem – an interior magazine with practical tips

Of course there are many design and interior magazines in Sweden. Garden magazines and magazines about health and psychology are also well represented. In my list I have limited myself mainly to the magazines that I sometimes buy.

Is your favourite newspaper or magazine not listed? Share it in the comments! I would love to get to know new Swedish magazines.