Calendar 2018

Almanacka 2018

SwedishFood.com calendar for 2017

Below is an abbreviated calendar highlighting the main festivals and food events in Sweden during 2018.

More detail

At the end of each month there is a link to a more detailed calendar which includes week numbers, name days and our recipe of the month.

Printable calendar

At the bottom of this page there is an option to download a 12-page calendar for the whole year, which also includes name days and week numbers.

Red days

Public or bank holidays in Sweden are called röda dagar. All Sundays are officially red days, but only selected Sundays are shown in red below. If a red day falls on a weekday then all banks are closed, as are many shops and restaurants.

Squeeze days

If there is only one day between a red day and a weekend it is called a klämdag (a squeeze day) and most employees are entitled to take the day off. The Friday immediately after Kristi himmelsfärds dag (Ascension Day) is always a klämdag, so it is a holiday (vacation) for most Swedes.

Official flag days

Swedish flag denotes an official flag day in Sweden Flaggar dagar (flag days) are denoted by a small flag symbol. Sweden has a total of 16 official flag days (17 in an election year).

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January

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Monday 1st January
Nyårsdagen (New Year's Day)

Friday 5th January
Trettondagsafton (Twelfth Night)
Some firms and organisations shut at lunchtime

Saturday 6th January
Trettondedag jul (Epiphany or, literally, the thirteenth day of Christmas)

Saturday 13th January
Tjugondedag jul (20th Day of Christmas)
This is the day that Swedes traditionally do some julgransplundring (literally, Christmas tree's plundering) and throw away the Christmas tree. It is also known as Knut's Day after Saint Knut. (No one really knows why Swedes stretch Christmas so far into January, but so far it hasn't been made a röd dag.)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Sunday 28th January
Konungens namnsdag (The King's Name Day)

For a detailed calendar for January click here.

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February

Friday 2nd February
Kyndelsmässodagen (Candlemas Day also known as the Feast of Presentation of the Lord.)

Tuesday 13th February
Fettisdagen (Shrove Tuesday) More…

Wednesday 14th February
Alla hjärtans dag (Valentine's Day) More… 
Askonsdagen (Ash Wednesday)

For a detailed calendar for February click here.

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March

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Monday 12th March
Kronsprinsessans namnsdag (Crown Princess Viktoria's Name Day)
Korvens dag (Sausage Day)

Tuesday 20th March
Vårdagjämningen (Spring Equinox)

Sunday 25th March
Våffeldagen (Waffle day) More… 
Sommartid börjar (Summer time begins)

Friday 30th March
Långfredagen (Good Friday)

Saturday 31st March
Påskafton (literally, Easter evening)

For a detailed calendar for March click here.

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April

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Sunday 1st April
Påskdagen (Easter Sunday)

Monday 2nd April
Annandag påsk (Easter Monday)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Monday 30th April
Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Eve - some firms and organisations shut at lunchtime).
Konungens födelsedag (The King's birthday)

For a detailed calendar for April click here.

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May

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Tuesday 1st May
Första Maj (May Day)
Valborgs namnsdag (Valborg's Name Day)

Thursday 10th May
Kristi himmelsfärds dag (Ascension Day)

Friday 11th May
Klämdag (Squeeze day - most firms and organisations are closed)
Chokladbollens dag (Chocolate ball day)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Sunday 20th May
Pingstdagen (Whit Sunday)

Sunday 27th May
Mors dag (Mother's Day in Sweden)

For a detailed calendar for May click here.

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June

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Wednesday 6th June
Sveriges nationaldag (Sweden's National Day)

Thursday 21st June
Sommarsolståndet (Summer solstice)

Friday 22nd June
Midsommarafton (Midsummer's Eve)
Most firms and organisations are closed for the day, even though it is not officially a red day.

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Saturday 23rd June
Midsommardagen (Midsummer's Day) More…
Note: even most restaurants close for Midsommardagen.

For a detailed calendar for June click here.

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July

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Saturday 14th July
Kronprinsessans födelsedag (Crown Princess Viktoria's Birthday)

For a detailed calendar for July click here.

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August

Sunday 5th August
The end of the summer holiday (vacation) for most Swedes. Many seaside facilities start to reduce their opening hours.

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Wednesday 8th August
Drottningens namnsdag (The Queen's Name Day)
Kräftpremiär (Traditional date for the start to the crayfish party season)

Sunday 12th August
The end of school holidays in most parts of Sweden, so more seaside facilities close during the week.

Friday 17th August
Surströmmingspremiär (Fermented herring released)

Thursday 23rd August
Köttbullens dag (Meatball Day)

For a detailed calendar for August click here.

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September

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Sunday 9th September
Riksdagsval (General Election in Sweden)

Saturday 22nd September
Höstdagjämningen (Autumnal Equinox)

Monday 24th September
Prinsesstårtans vecka börjar (Princess cake week starts)

Tuesday 25th September
Äpplets dag (Apple Day)

For a detailed calendar for September click here.

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October

Thursday 4th October
Kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon bun day)
 More…

Sunday 14th October
Räkmackans dag (Prawn Sandwich Day)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Wednesday 24th October
FN-dagen (UN Day)

Friday 26th October
Potatisens dag (Potato Day)

Sunday 28th October
Sommartid slutar (Summer time ends)

For a detailed calendar for October click here.

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November

Thursday 1st November
Allhelgonadagen (All Saints' Day)

Friday 2nd November
Halloween (The day officially designated in Sweden for spooky parties, wearing scary costumes and for carving pumpkins, but Swedes don't generally go in for 'trick or treat'.)

Saturday 3rd November
Alla helgons dag (All Saints' Day holiday)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Tuesday 6th November
Gustav Adolfsagen (Gustav Adolf's Day), credited as the founder of Sweden as a Great Power

Saturday 10th November
Mårtensafton (St Martin's Evening)

Sunday 11th November
Fars dag (Father's Day in Sweden)

Wednesday 14th November
Ostkakans dag (Cheesecake Day)

Friday 30th November
Kåldolmens dag (Stuffed cabbage roll day)

For a detailed calendar for November click here.

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December

Sunday 2nd December
1:a advent (First Advent Sunday) More…

Sunday 9th December
2:a advent (Second Advent Sunday)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Monday 10th December
Nobeldagen (Nobel Prize Day)

Thursday 13th December
Luciadagen (Lucia Day) More…

Sunday 16th December
3:a advent (Third Advent Sunday)

Friday 21st December
Vintersolståndet (Winter Solstice)

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Sunday 23rd December
4:a advent (Fourth Advent Sunday) 
Drottningens födelsedag (The Queen's Birthday)

Monday 24th December
Julafton (Christmas Eve)

Most firms and organisations are closed for the day. Most shops close early.

Swedish flag to denote an official flag day in Sweden Tuesday 25th December
Juldagen (Christmas Day) More…

Wednesday 26th December
Annandag jul (Boxing Day)

Monday 31st December
Nyårsafton (New Year's Eve)

For a detailed calendar for December click here.

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Printable calendar

printer icon  For a 12-page calendar for printing out click here.

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