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Why do the Swedes take such long summer holidays?

Many Swedish offices empty for several weeks over summer. Photo: Gustav Sjöholm/TT

Published: 04.Jun.2018 12:05 hrs

Summer in Sweden means workplaces emptying for weeks on end and a flood of 'out of office' replies from colleagues and clients taking lengthy vacations. But have you ever wondered exactly how the four-week summer holiday became so entrenched in Swedish society? The Local looks into the historical and cultural background of the tradition.

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The long summer holidays have their roots in the 19th century, when Sweden had just undergone a rapid period of industrialization.

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