The National Day of Sweden is on the 6 June (Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden 1523, the constitutions of 1809 and 1974). This is also known as the Swedish Flag Day. The public holidays for Sweden have been added below.
National Day of Sweden
You will note that this date celebrates two important events in Swedish history. Firstly the adoption of a new constitution in 1809. Secondly the crowning of Gustav Vasa as king in 1523, which marked the beginning of Sweden as an independent nation. Sweden had adopted the constitution in 1809. This became known as the Instrument of Government (Swedish: Regeringsformen). This followed a period of political turmoil and upheaval, which culminated in the overthrow of King Gustav IV Adolf in a coup d’état in 1809.
The National Day of Sweden was established as a public holiday in 1983. It was however not widely celebrated until 2005 . This was after the Swedish government launched a campaign to promote the holiday and encourage national pride. Today, the holiday is celebrated with flag-raising ceremonies, parades, concerts, and other cultural events throughout the country.
On this day, many Swedes also take the opportunity to reflect on the values and traditions that make their country unique, such as equality, democracy, and freedom of expression. It is a day to celebrate Sweden’s cultural heritage and to honor the contributions of those who have helped shape the nation’s history.
See also the National Day of United Kingdom and the National Day of Switzerland and the National Day of Spain.
Public Holidays in Sweden
Firstly in Sweden, there are several public holidays celebrated throughout the year. These include:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Epiphany – January 6th
- Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
- Easter Sunday – usually in late March or early April
- Easter Monday – the day after Easter Sunday
- International Workers’ Day – May 1st
- Ascension Day – 40 days after Easter Sunday
- National Day of Sweden – June 6th
- Midsummer’s Eve – Friday between June 19th and June 25th
- Christmas Eve – December 24th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
In addition to these public holidays, there are also several regional holidays.