Hoist the Swedish flag – How to be Swedish

Swedes are nice people. They don’t steal from other’s. Instead they even like to pay high taxes for a more healthy society.

And, in fact, Sweden offers a high quality of life: reasonably high wages, relatively low unemployment, a low rate of crime, high gender equality and high level of sustainability. No need to mention free schools and universities, good healthcare, 25 days off from work each year and not to forget 200 years without war. Can it get more peaceful than that?

Even the technical infrastructure is highly advanced, with fast internet. Also, many Swedes have the latest mobile phones and computers – and they actually know how to apply them.

All this makes them very proud of their country. They might not show it directly to visitors or new-Swedes, but behind closed doors they show their conviction that they live in the best country in the world.

The Swedish flag

To celebrate their beloved country Swedes like to hoist their flag. But they not only hoist their flag on poles, they put them everywhere: on napkins, birthday cards, graduation cards, toothpicks etc.

Isn’t it nice, the Swedish flag? Ok, it’s not really fancy. A yellow cross on blue ground. But doesn’t it look friendly and welcoming? I mean, if y0u look up to the heaven, on a sunny day, you will see exact those colors.

Where does the Swedish flag come from? Well, one might assume that many years ago, the Scandinavian countries met for a flag brainstorming. Then they said, let’s all have the same pattern, but with different colors.

But of course, that is not the real answer. Originally the Swedish flag is based on the first flag that represented a country, the Danish flag. The colors, blue and yellow, stem from the Wasa dynasty, in the 16th century.

Flag days in Sweden

On these days you can expect to see the Swedish flag on all poles country wide.

DateLocal NameEnglish Name
1 JanuaryNyårsdagenNew Year’s Day
28 JanuaryKonungens namnsdagNamesday of the King
12 MarchKronprinsessans namnsdagNamesday of the Crown Princess
First Sunday after the first full moon on or after 21 MarchPåskdagenEaster Sunday
30 AprilKonungens födelsedagBirthday of the King
1Första majMay Day
Seventh Sunday after Easter SundayPingstdagenPentecost
6 JuneSveriges NationaldagNational Day of Sweden
Saturday between 20 June and 26 JuneMidsommardagenMidsummer Day
14 JulyKronprinsessans födelsedagBirthday of the Heir Apparent
8 AugustnamnsdagNamesday of the Queen
Second Sunday of SeptemberDag för val till riksdagenElection Day
24 OctoberUnited Nations Day
6 NovemberGustav AdolfsdagenGustavus Adolphus Day
10 DecemberNobeldagenAlfred Nobel Day
23 DecemberDrottningens födelsedagBirthday of the Queen
25 DecemberJuldagenChristmas Day

 

So, dear new-Swede, hoist the Swedish flag, and enjoy it’s color-matching with the heaven and the sun.

 

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