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Sweden National Day
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Jun 6, Sweden: National Day.
Swedish National Day is celebrated annually on June 6th. It in commemorates the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523.
This event was considered to mark the foundation of modern Sweden.
Some historians may point to other key dates as better examples of the foundation of the state, however this event did signify the end of the Danish-ruled Kalmar Union, so it does accurately mark Swedish independence.
Surprisingly for a holiday that remembers such an old event, it only became a public holiday rather more recently, in 2005.
Even the tradition of celebrating this date isn’t that old, it began in the 1910s at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
Until 2005, National Day was only a public holiday for banks and civil servants. Rather than give everyone an extra day off, the Swedish government decreed that the holiday of WhitMonday would no longer be recognized as a public holiday. (poor old WhitMonday suffered a similar fate in the UK when it was replaced by the late May bank holiday).
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