Important dates and (school) holidays in Sweden 2020

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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.

If you are looking for more information and inspiration for your summer holidays in Sweden, here you can find the 2020 corona edition.

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 JanuaryNyårsdagenNew year
6 JanuaryTrettondedag Jul 
13 JanuaryTjugondedag Jul (Knutsdagen) 
25 FebruaryFettisdagen 
14 FebruaryAlla Hjärtans dagValentine’s day
9 AprilSkärtorsdagen 
10 AprilLångfredagen 
12 AprilPåskdagenEaster
13 AprilAnnandag PåskEaster monday
30 AprilValborgsmässoaftonWalpurgis
1 MayFörsta Maj 
21 MayKristi Himmelfärds dag 
31 MayMors dagMother’s day
6 JuneSveriges nationaldagNational holiday
31 MayPingstdagen 
1 JuneAnnandag Pingst 
19 JuneMidsommaraftonMidsummer eve
20 JuneMidsommarenMidsummer
2 NovemberAlla Helgons dagAll Saints
8 NovemberFars dagFather’s day
13 DecemberLuciadagenSt Lucia
24 DecemberJulaftonChristmas eve
25 DecemberJuldagenChristmas
26 DecemberAnnandag Jul Boxing Day

Swedish school holidays 2020

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

Christmas Holidays

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!

Winter Holidays

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.

Easter Holidays

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

Summer Holiday

The Summer Holidays in Sweden commence on June 10th (or 15th for Malmö), and last until August 17, 2020.

Autumn Holiday

The autumn vacation also depend on the region: from 26 or 29 October to 30 October 2020.

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  • Reply Jonathan Wang

    It was said the Summer Holiday for Sweden lasts really too long, for over 2 months from 6/12 to 8/18 in 2019. I was wondering how they work, production, industries continue during their off season, but only the recreational and services industries will boost up during these long offs.

    24 July 2019 at 11:26
  • Reply Patricia Ricknell

    I think she’s referring to the summer holiday for schools (which is similar to North America, that is, about 2 months off for elementary/secondary students). That said, Swedes get at least 5 weeks off. Having lived in Sweden for 26 years, basically Sweden is shut down from about Midsummer to the first or second week of August as people go on holiday. And the country somehow remains productive. Perhaps just goes to show you can be productive even with longer holidays. Maybe even more so.

    9 July 2020 at 11:08
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