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A woman carries a man on her back in nature. Both have Midsummer flower wreaths in their hair.
Midsummer, Floda, West Sweden
Photo: Faramarz Gosheh/imagebank.sweden.se

Things to do

Midsummer

Apart from Christmas, midsummer is the most important holiday in the Swedish calendar. For some, midsummer is the most important.

The successful midsummer never-ending lunch party formula involves flowers in your hair, dancing around a pole, singing songs while drinking unsweetened, flavoured schnapps. And downing a whole load of pickled herring served with delightful new potatoes, chives and sour cream. All in all, a grand day out.

When is Midsummer?

Originally June 24th. Now Midsummer Eve is celebrated between June 20th-25th.

Midsummer is the 22nd of June 2019.

Where can you celebrate Midsummer?

Skansen, public parks, gardens, summer cottages, in fact, anywhere in Sweden will do as long as it is outdoors!

Who can celebrate it?

Every Swedish man, woman and child. 

How to do Midsummer like a local:

Get invited by a local. You will probably go to someones summerhouse ('landställe') which will ensure you get the full experience.