Swedish National Day is celebrated on June 6th. On this day in 1523 Gustav Vasa was elected king, and on this day in 1809 the instrument of government was adopted, forming a key part of Sweden’s constitution.
Tha National Day is one of 18 official flag days in Sweden, and perhaps the most well-know of them all. 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.
Official flag days in 2018:
- 1 January New Year’s Day
- 28 January Namesday of the King
- 12 March Namesday of the Crown Princess
- 1 April Easter Sunday
- 30 April Birthday of the King
- 1 May 1 May
- 20 May Pentecost
- 6 June National Day
- 23 June Midsummer Day
- 14 July Birthday of the Heir Apparent
- 8 August Namesday of the Queen
- 9 September Election Day Dag för val till riksdagen
- 24 October United Nations Day
- 6 November Gustavus Adolphus Day
- 10 December Alfred Nobel Day
- 23 December Birthday of the Queen
- 25 December Christmas Day
Swedish Flag Day was celebrated on June the 6th from 1916 to 1983. In 1983 it was named National Day, but didn’t get the status of a public holiday until 2005!
Only for sea-folks
But to raise the flag in the flagpole is by no means an ancient tradition. Especially not on land! According to the Nordic museum in 1873 a Swedish flag was raised for the first time at the royal castle. But the idea received criticism. Many people thought that a flag has nothing to do on land. At the time being, the flag was a concern only for sea-folks. The Swedish flag got its current design in 1906, when Sweden during the 1906 Union resolution adopted a new flag law.