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Four ways to cheer Sweden this National Day weekend

Four ways to cheer Sweden this National Day weekend
Get with the flag-waving crowd. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
Sweden is celebrating its National Day on June 6th (or, at least its celebrating having the day off from work). Get in the spirit ahead of the day with these four events.

1. Attend National Day festivities

Norwegians happily dance around in the street every year at Syttende Mai, while Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with pomp, circumstance, fireworks and huge parties. But to Swedes, the National Day often passes by largely unnoticed. If you want to drag your Swedish friends to a party, the one at Stockholm's outdoor museum Skansen is usually the best one. The Royal Family will be there to attend a big music concert in Sweden's honour in the evening and there will be activities for young and old throughout the day.

When: June 6th. Skansen opens at 10am. The evening festivities start at 6.15pm.

Where: Skansen, Djurgården, Stockholm

The Swedish Royal Family at the Skansen celebrations last year. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

2. Sweden Rock Festival

If you did not get enough of the National Day festivities, here's your chance to keep the fun going throughout the week. Did you know that Sweden has the second most metal bands in Europe, beaten only by Finland? This is the festival that celebrates this very Swedish musical genre, as well as classic rock, hard rock and a little bit of the blues. A total of 82 bands are set to play the festival in Sölvesborg in the southern Blekinge region. This year, rock legends Queen will take the stage joined by American Idol's Adam Lambert. Twisted Sister, King Witch and King Albatross are also among the festival acts. And don't miss the Swedish Championships in air guitar.

When: June 8th-11th

Where: Sölvesborg

Sweden Rock Festival last summer. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

3. Stockholm Marathon

What better way of celebrating Sweden than joining the most Swedish of all hypes: running? Come rain or shine, nothing stops the Swedes from getting their shoes on for a jog outside. Fortunately for you, the Stockholm Marathon takes place in summer and not in winter (yes, many run in the snow too). If you're not taking part, just find a good spot from where you can cheer on the runners in the beautiful Swedish capital.

When: Noon, June 4th

Where: Stockholm

Stockholm Marathon in 2015. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

4. Hejfestivalen

Hejfestivalen (which literally means 'the hi festival') aims to help new arrivals to Sweden meet and connect with people who were born here or have been living here for some time. It will take place on Sweden's National Day, June 6th, and will include language practice, live artists, DJs and traditional food from all corners of the world (ranging from Mongolian dumplings to Swedish cookies). Employment and Integration Minister Ylva Johansson will speak at the event on Stockholm's Södermalm island.

When: 1pm-midnight, June 6th

Where: Katarina Bangata 77, Stockholm

Employment and Integration Minister Ylva Johansson. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Check out our interactive calendar below for more fun things to do in Sweden.



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