Flag days in Sweden
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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.
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
|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|