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.

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1 Comment

  • 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
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