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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/

Things to do


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 in 2020 is on the 20th of June.

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 midsummer?


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.

If you're not lucky enough to get an invite, a safe bet to celebrate with Swedish friends (that you don't know yet) is visiting Skansen in Stockholm or visit a public park. 

For a really traditional celebration, Dalarna is the place to be. They arrange multiple events leading up to the big day. In Gothenburg, the festivities is at Gunnebo castle and gardens.

Midsummer in DalarnaTraditional Midsummer celebration in Dalarna. Photo: Lars Dahltröm