Flag days in Sweden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

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, but not mandatory.

The Swedish flag

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.

9 May 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[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Nyårsdagen  
28 January Namesday of the King Konungens namnsdag HM King Carl XVI Gustaf
12 March Namesday of the Crown Princess Kronprinsessans namnsdag HRH Crown Princess Victoria
First Sunday after the first full moon on or after 21 March Easter Sunday Påskdagen  
30 April Birthday of the King Konungens födelsedag HM King Carl XVI Gustaf
1 May May Day Första maj  
Seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday Pentecost Pingstdagen 50 days after Easter
6 June National Day of Sweden Sveriges Nationaldag Flag day. Official holiday from 2005.
Saturday between 20 June and 26 June Midsummer Day Midsommardagen  
14 July Birthday of the Heiress Apparent Kronprinsessans födelsedag HRH Crown Princess Victoria
8 August Namesday of the Queen Drottningens namnsdag HM Queen Silvia
Second Sunday of September Election Day Dag för val till riksdagen Elections held every four years
24 October United Nations Day FN-dagen  
6 November Gustavus Adolphus Day Gustav Adolfsdagen Battle of Lützen 1632
10 December Alfred Nobel Day Nobeldagen The Nobel Awards Ceremony
23 December Birthday of the Queen Drottningens födelsedag HM Queen Silvia
24 December Christmas Day Juldagen  

See also[edit]