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 vacations. Knowing when the holidays and vacations fall is so handy when planning a trip. 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 finding out many things closed during your stay, but you can also choose your travel dates in function of certain festivities.
Important! Be sure to check the travel advice of your government before traveling. Latest update on corona in Sweden can be found here.
Swedish Holidays 2022
The official Swedish holidays are röda dagen (red days) in Sweden. 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 holidays in Sweden, 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|
|18 April||Annandag Påsk||Easter monday|
|1 May||Första Maj|
|26 May||Kristi Himmelfärds dag|
|29 May||Mors dag||Mother’s day|
|6 June||Sveriges nationaldag||National holiday|
|6 June||Annandag Pingst|
|24 June||Midsommarafton||Midsummer eve|
|5 November||Alla Helgons dag||All Saints|
|13 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 2022
The Swedish school holidays are sometimes spread, depending on the region.
The Christmas holidays in Sweden run for everyone from December 23, 2022, till January 8, 2023.
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 13th and last until August 17, 2022.
The autumn vacation also depend on the region: from 31 October to 4 November 2022.
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 really special to experience in Sweden. I’m thinking of Valborg, midsummer,… Sometimes I really try to plan my trips around those events.