A new year, a new empty agenda! My 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 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.
Swedish Holidays 2020
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|
|13 April||Annandag Påsk||Easter monday|
|1 May||Första Maj|
|21 May||Kristi Himmelfärds dag|
|31 May||Mors dag||Mother’s day|
|6 June||Sveriges nationaldag||National holiday|
|1 June||Annandag Pingst|
|19 June||Midsommarafton||Midsummer eve|
|2 November||Alla Helgons dag||All Saints|
|8 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 2020
The Swedish school holidays are sometimes spread, depending on the region.
The Christmas holidays in Sweden run for everyone from December 22, 2019, till January 6, 2020. Next year the Christmas holiday in Sweden will start on 21 December 2020, till January 3, 2021.
Visiting Stockholm during Christmas season? Be sure to 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 the north it is from the 2nd till the 8th of March 2020. In the south it is from the 10th till the 16th or the 17th till the 23rd of February. In Göteborg it is week 7, in Malmö week 8 and Stockholm had week 9. You can find a detailed overview here.
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 10th (or 15th for Malmö), and last until August 17, 2020.
The autumn vacation also depend on the region: from 26 or 29 October to 30 October 2020.