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Sweden bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the next 9 months of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Sweden Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day (Nyårsdagen)
        Fri Epiphany (Trettondagen)
Apr. 14 Fri Good Friday (Långfredagen)
     16 Sun Easter (Påskdagen)
     17 Mon Easter Monday (Annandag påsk)
May   1 Mon May Day (Första maj)
     25 Thu Ascension Day (Kristi himmelsfärdsdag)
June  4 Sun Whit Sunday (Pingstdagen)
      6 Tue National Day (Nationaldagen)
     23 Fri Bank Holiday Banks
     24 Sat Midsummer's Day (Midsommardagen)
Nov.  4 Sat All Saints' Day (Allhelgonadagen)
Dec.    Mon Christmas Day (Juldagen)
        Tue Second Day of Christmas (Annandag jul)
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Recent News and Updates

09 Mar 2014 Sweden Mulls March 8 Public holiday (Dagens Nyheter-Stockholm) Sweden's Green party spokesperson, Gustav Fridolin, has proposed that Sweden declare International Women's Day (IWD) as a non-working public holiday (red day) in Sweden.  08 May 2011 Sweden Abandons Muslim Public Holiday (Dagens Nyheter-Stockholm) The newly appointed Secretary of the Social Democrat party, Sweden's largest party, Carin Jämtin, has gone back on her recent proposal of adding a Muslim public holiday in Sweden.  30 Apr 2004 Sweden's National Day To Become A Public Holiday Starting In 2005 (Dagens Nyheter-Stockholm) The former Swedish EU commissioner Anita Gradin is expected to suggest that the June 6 national day be made into a full-fledged public holiday, starting in 2005.  07 Jun 2002 Sweden Considers Making Its National Day A Full Public Holiday (Svenska Dagbladet-Stockholm) Sweden's Parliament is to make June 6, Sweden's National Day into a full public holiday (as of 2002, Sweden's National Day is not a public holiday in Sweden). This change, however, is not likely to occur in 2003 or even 2004, as there is debate as to which other public holiday to cancel in exchange.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Sweden public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example).  Klämdagar are days "squeezed" between a public holiday and a weekend, for instance if the holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday. This is equivalent to bridge holidays in Europe (faire le pont in France or hacer puente in Spain) or sandwich days in South and Central America.  National Day was a public holiday for banks and civil servants only, until 2005, when it became a full-fledged holiday. In return, the holiday of Whit Monday is no longer recognized as a public holiday .  Ascension is officially only 1 day (always a Thursday), but often 2 are taken in practice (both the Thursday and Friday).  The eve of a holiday is as important as, or more so than, the holiday itself. Most Swedes have the day off, including civil servants, banks, public transport workers, hospitals, shops and media workers. Others have at least a half day. This applies especially to Midsummer's Eve, All Hallows' Eve and Christmas Eve.  Sami National Day, not an official public holiday, was set to be celebrated on February 6th, on the occasion of the 15th Sami conference in Helsinki in 1992. The Sami national day is common for all Sami, irrespective of where they live, whether in Sweden, Norway, Finland or Russia. The national day was celebrated for the first time in 1993 .  Sweden International Codes SE and SWE (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .se (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Sweden information and news: Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Sweden maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Sweden), and Wikipedia (includes Sweden commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Sweden, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Sweden, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Sweden, before planning any trip to Sweden. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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