On Thursday, June 6th, Swedes young and old will take to the streets in a joyous and unbridled celebration of all things Swedish, turning normally staid and pristine town squares from Ystad in the south to Haparanda up north into patriotic seas of blue and yellow.
Yes, June 6th is National Day, but Swedes remain somewhat lagom in how they mark the holiday, which has only been around since 2005.
Previously celebrated as Flag Day, June 6th is thought to be the day that Gustav Vasa became Sweden’s first king back in 1523.
In recent years, an increasing number of towns in Sweden have taken to organizing National Day celebrations featuring folk music, picnics, petting zoos, and in some cases ceremonies honouring local residents who took Swedish citizenship during the previous year.
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But whether or not you plan to head out on Thursday with your blue and yellow flag in hand, or simply look forward to staying home from the office and nestling up with your iPad to browse through entertaining lists you’ve found online, The Local wants to make sure you have something to celebrate this June 6th.
Thus, we’ve put together a list of the ten best things about Sweden. From wildlife to wild food, there’s plenty to be happy about in Sweden (even the OECD agrees).
Click here to see how close our list is to what yours might be.
Have a happy National Day.