• Sweden's news in English
What's on
Four ways to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Sweden
Stockholm's St Patrick's Day parade in 2013. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/SCANPIX

Four ways to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Sweden

The Local · 17 Mar 2016, 13:59

Published: 17 Mar 2016 06:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Mar 2016 13:59 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

1. Go to a parade

The parade is an essential part of St Patrick's Day and the biggest one in Sweden is the Swedish Irish Society's annual march through Stockholm. Adapting to Sweden where the day is not (yet?) a holiday, this year it will take place on Saturday, March 19th. Participants will gather at the Humlegården park at 2pm and walk together to the Old Town, where Irish bands Loughy & the Brian O'Connor trio and the Irish Dance project will perform.

Read more about the event on the Swedish Irish Society's website.

The St Patrick's Day parade in Stockholm. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/SCANPIX

2. Sample some whisky

Or whiskey, as our Irish friends would spell it. The Irish make some of the best in the world and it is often enjoyed even by nervous first-timers because of its comparatively mild and rounded taste, which comes from being distilled three times rather than two. While you could of course visit your local Systembolaget and throw your own event at home, we recommend that you book a whisky tasting session with a real connoisseur.

Or, despite St Patrick's Day being an Irish holiday, why not sample some of Sweden's own unique produce? Spirit of Hven is one of the world's smallest commercial pot still distilleries and is situated on the Ven island right in the middle of the Öresund strait between Sweden and Denmark. And Sweden's first whisky, Mackmyra, organizes tasting sessions at its 'whisky village' theme park just outside Gävle on the east coast.

Have you ever tried Irish whisky? Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

3. Enjoy some good craic in the pub

Ireland is home to some of Europe's best pubs, but Sweden's not too shabby either (although admittedly rather more expensive). Meet up with your best Irish friends tonight at for example 'Southside' in Stockholm – a friendly Irish tavern, 'The Dubliner' – a chain of bars with hubs in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Halmstad and Strömstad – or Paddy's in Malmö for a pint of Guinness or something alcohol free if you want to avoid a hangover at work.

Here are our favourite picks:

Stockholm: Southside, Hornsgatan 104, Zinkensdamm 

Various locations: The Dubliner, Järntorget 7, Göteborg; Östrahamngatan 50B, Göteborg; Storgatan 52, Halmstad; Holländargatan 1, Stockholm; Strandpromenaden 1, Strömstad

Malmö: Paddy's, Kalendegatan 7, Malmö

US President Barack Obama enjoying a pint at a pub (not in Sweden, though). Photo: AP

4. Listen to music

Anyone for an Irish jig? Sorry, we'll try to steer clear of the heavyhanded stereotypes. How about just some really great music? Ireland is a small country with very strong claims to some of the world's most popular bands and artists in history – The Dubliners, Westlife, Sinead O'Connor or (half of) U2, anyone? – not to mention a rich heritage of folk songs.

Story continues below…

You'll probably find there's a gig going on at any Irish pub of your choice this St Patrick's Day. If not, here's our pick of just a few of the concerts being put on this Thursday.

Stockholm: The Liffey, Stora Nygatan 40/42. Live music from 2pm-late by Clare Cunningham, Brian O'Connor and The Outciders. 

Malmö: Fagans, Per Weijersgatan 4. Live music by Slainté with Billy Jones, doors open at 1pm.

Karlstad: The Leprechaun, Östra Torggatan 4. Live music by Greenfreaks and the Paddy Power Band, open from 4pm-1am.

Not feeling the luck of the Irish? Check out our regular interactive calendar below for everything else happening in Sweden this week.



For more news from Sweden, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
File photo of trucks in Sweden. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

These stats show Swedish driving isn't so gender equal
File photo of a Swedish woman driving a car. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available