Saturday, June 6th, is Sweden's National Day. National Day was first recognized officially by the government in 1983, but it only became a public holiday in 2005, after years of debate. These days, the royals celebrate the day by taking a carriage procession from the Royal Palace in Stockholm to Skansen. The Swedish flag is raised and bouquets are given to the Queen and princesses.
A growing tradition is for town halls up and down the country to hold citizenship ceremonies for new Swedish passport holders – in fact, this is often the aspect of National Day that attracts the most media coverage.
You could go to Skansen or just have a picnic in a park. Of course, you can also celebrate with a big party, like the annual Mosquito Beach Party celebrating diversity in Stockholm.
Just because you're staying in Sweden doesn't mean you can't have an international summer. The International Street Market will feature food, crafts, and more from 15+ countries around the world, so be sure to get a taste at Geraud Markets Sweden's Award-winning outdoor market!
Eco Now organizes one of the largest exhibitions in Europe communicating a more sustainable future. During two days the Royal Park in Central Stockholm is filled with the latest products, projects and innovations from the sustainable and organic driven market. Read more here.
Have you heard about the engagement of Prince Carl Philip? He's marrying his girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist on June 13th. There will be much pomp and circumstance, and plenty of pictures in the paper if you can't make it. Read more about the happy couple here.
Midsummer is the biggest holiday of the year in Sweden, and can be celebrated anywhere in the country. Don't miss our guide to the top ten odd Swedish Midsummer traditions, and a more detailed explanation of the holiday, and another eight great things to do in Stockholm this summer.
Almedalen is Sweden's largest political event, and thousands of politicians, lobbyists, journalists, and other organizations will gather in Visby, Gotland, at the end of June. Read more here, and another explanation here.
The parliamentary parties each have a day in the week according to a rolling timetable. The parties’ days often begin with participation in early morning TV broadcasts and breakfast meetings. The parties usually hold their seminars in the morning, starting at 09.00.
The parties have all of Almedalen at their disposal on the day on which they are speaking. Many choose to organize different types of events during the day or in connection with the speech, which is often made at 19.00. On the concluding Sunday, the speech is held around midday.
Summer events in every city
The programme of 2015 World Water Week consist of over 160 events and 8 workshops. During the 90-minute events, the most relevant topics relating to “Water for Development” will be discussed – i.e. Financing, SDGs, Integrity, Gender issues, Climate Change, Energy, Sanitation, Food, Conflict Resolution, and Water Management.