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[Flag of Sweden] by Edward Mooney, Jr.


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General flag days

The parliament has recommended the following general flag days:

New Years Day, 1 January
Nameday [Carl] of the King [Carl XVI Gustaf], 28 January
Nameday [Victoria] of the Crown Princess, 12 March
Easter Day
Birthday of the King, 30 April [Carl XVI Gustaf was born in 1946]
First of May, 1 May [Labour Day]
Whit Sunday
Sweden's National Day, 6 June - also Day of the Swedish Flag (Svenska flaggans dag)
Midsummer's Day [in Sweden always celebrated on the Saturday before the first Sunday after the summer solstice]
Birthday of the Crown Princess, 14 July [Victoria was born in 1977]
Nameday [Sylvia / Silvia] of the Queen [Silvia], 8 August
Day for general election to the parliament [the third Sunday of September every fourth year; an extra election can be held on another date, but always on a Sunday]
UN Day, 24 October
Gustavus Adolphus Day, 6 November [on this day in 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus the Great was killed in the battle of Lützen in the 30 Year's War]
Nobel Day, 10 December [death day of Alfred Nobel; on this day every year the Nobel prize laureates recieve their prizes]
Queen's birthday, 23 December [Silvia was born in 1944]
Christmas Day, 25 December


Obligatory flagging

Only state authorities are obliged to flag on these days, but private citizens and companies are generally doing it too. Many people of course also fly the flag on birthdays etc. in the family, and some Christian people like to fly it every Sunday. Some people also fly the flag on International Women's Day (8 February), European Union Day (9 May) or Carl XII's Day (30 November) or on the national days of our nordic neighbour countries.
Elias Granqvist, 10 September 2000
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