Midsummer brings life almost to a halt for three days: transport and other services are reduced, and most shops and smaller tourist offices close, as do some attractions. Some hotels close between Christmas and New Year. Upscale restaurants in larger cities often close for a few weeks in late July and early August.
School holidays vary, but in general the kids will be at large for Sweden’s one-week sports holiday (February/March), the one-week Easter break, Christmas, and from June to August.
Many businesses close early the day before and all day after official public holidays.
Nyårsdag (New Year’s Day) 1 January
Trettondedag Jul (Epiphany) 6 January
Långfredag, Påsk, Annandag Påsk (Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday) March/April
Första Maj (Labour Day) 1 May
Kristi Himmelsfärdsdag (Ascension Day) May/June
Pingst, Annandag Pingst (Whit Sunday and Monday) Late May or early June
Midsommardag (Midsummer’s Day) Saturday between 19 and 25 June
Alla Helgons dag (All Saints Day) Saturday, late October or early November
Juldag (Christmas Day) 25 December
Annandag Jul (Boxing Day) 26 December
Note also that Midsommarafton (Midsummer’s Eve), Julafton (Christmas Eve; 24 December) and Nyårsafton (New Year’s Eve; 31 December) are not official holidays but are generally nonworking days for most of the population.