Flag days in Sweden

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 Sweden is 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 9 is not an official Swedish flag day. It receives its status from being a European Union flag 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

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
January 1New Year's Day"Nyårsdagen"
January 28Namesdayof the King"Konungens namnsdag""H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf"
March 12Namesday of the Heiress Apparent"Kronprinsessans namnsdag""H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria"
First Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21Easter Sunday"Påskdagen"
April 30Birthday of the King"Konungens födelsedag""H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf"
May 1May Day"Första maj"
Seventh Sunday after Easter SundayPentecost"Pingstdagen"50 days after Easter
June 6National Day of Sweden"Sveriges Nationaldag"Flag day. Official holiday from 2005.
Third Saturday of JuneMidsummer Day"Midsommardagen"
July 14Birthday of the Heiress Apparent"Kronprinsessans födelsedag""H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria"
August 8Namesday of the Queen"Drottningens namnsdag""H.M. Queen Silvia"
Third Sunday of SeptemberElection Day"Dag för val till riksdagen"Elections held every four years
October 24United Nations Day"FN-dagen"
November 6Gustavus Adolphus Day"Gustav Adolfsdagen"Battle of Lützen 1632
December 10Alfred Nobel Day"Nobeldagen"The Nobel Awards Ceremony
December 23Birthday of the Queen"Drottningens födelsedag""H.M. Queen Silvia"
December 25Christmas Day"Juldagen"

See also

*Holidays in Sweden
*Swedish festivities
*Namesdays in Sweden
*National anthem of Sweden

*Flag days in Finland

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