The Swedish holiday calendar in English
The months of May and June offer a host of occasions to celebrate and lots of public holidays. But what is “Kristi Himmelfärdsdag” in English and what are the big occasions called? Here’s a useful overview of all the standard Swedish holidays in English.
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 5 Twelfth Night (Trettondagsafton)
Jan 6 Epiphany (Trettondedag jul)
Apr 19 Good Friday
Apr 20 Holy Saturday
Apr 21 Easter Sunday
Apr 22 Easter Monday
Apr 30 Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton)
May 1 May Day/Early May Bank Holiday
May 26 Mother’s Day
May 30 Ascension Day/Ascension Thursday (Kristi Himmelfärdsdag)
June 6 Swedish National Day
June 9 Pentecost Eve
June 10 Whit Sunday /Pentecost Sunday (Pingstdagen)
June 21 Midsummer Eve
June 22 Midsummer Day
Nov 2 All Saints’ Day
Nov 10 Father’s Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve
What’s a bank holiday?
A bank holiday is the British equivalent of a “röd dag” in Swedish
Where does the term bank holiday come from?
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries and other European countries such as Switzerland. There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although banks close and the majority of the working population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days, depending on their contract.
What’s the difference between a public holiday and a bank holiday?
In England and Wales, a bank holiday tends automatically to be a public holiday and the day is generally observed as a holiday. In Scotland this may not always be the case.
With few exceptions, Bank holidays are on Mondays. If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.
UK Bank Holidays 2017
Please note that there are quite a number of differences between British and Swedish public holidays. If you are planning a trip or an important meeting with British colleagues or customers, it’s a good idea to check the UK holiday calendar first.
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