- Flag days in Sweden
By Swedish law a number of days of the calendar year are designated as official flag days. This means that the
Flag of Swedenis flown on all public flag poles and buildings. Hoisting of the Swedish flag on private flag poles on these days is also strongly encouraged, however omitting to do so is not a punishable offence.
Flying of the flag is permissible from sunrise to sunset. In general this means from 8 AM to 8 PM. During winter the time from sunrise to sunset is often less than 12 hours in the whole of Sweden and during this time the actual daylight hours should be observed. In the parts of Sweden north of the polar circle the sun doesn't rise at all for some weeks during December. One example of handling this is the practice of the Infantry Regiment in
Kiruna, which during this period flies the flag for one hour each day starting at noon. May 9is not an official Swedish flag day. It receives its status from being a European Unionflag day, and the fact that Sweden is a member country of the European Union. In Sweden this is observed by flying the Swedish flag side by side with the European Union flag on public flag poles and buildings.
Official flag days
Date English Name Local Name Remarks January 1 New Year's Day "Nyårsdagen" January 28 Namesdayof the King "Konungens namnsdag" "H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf" March 12 Namesday of the Heiress Apparent "Kronprinsessans namnsdag" "H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria" First Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21 Easter Sunday "Påskdagen" April 30 Birthday of the King "Konungens födelsedag" "H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf" May 1 May Day "Första maj" Seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday Pentecost "Pingstdagen" 50 days after Easter June 6 National Day of Sweden "Sveriges Nationaldag" Flag day. Official holiday from 2005. Third Saturday of June Midsummer Day "Midsommardagen" July 14 Birthday of the Heiress Apparent "Kronprinsessans födelsedag" "H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria" August 8 Namesday of the Queen "Drottningens namnsdag" "H.M. Queen Silvia" Third Sunday of September Election Day "Dag för val till riksdagen" Elections held every four years October 24 United Nations Day "FN-dagen" November 6 Gustavus AdolphusDay "Gustav Adolfsdagen" Battle of Lützen 1632 December 10 Alfred Nobel Day "Nobeldagen" The Nobel Awards Ceremony December 23 Birthday of the Queen "Drottningens födelsedag" "H.M. Queen Silvia" December 25 Christmas Day "Juldagen"
Holidays in Sweden
Namesdays in Sweden
*National anthem of Sweden
Flag days in Finland
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