The path to a Swedish national day
Why are we crazy Swedes celebrating our national day the 6th of June. Unlike many other countries we just picked a date from history and said “Lets make this our national day”.
So what we are celebrating is the inauguration of Gustav Vasa as king of Sweden, 1523, on the 6th of June and Sweden became a sovereign state.
Now we did not really celebrate this until 1983 when Parliament made this the national holiday. It was not even a free day until 2005.
So what is this day for me, well not that much to be honest. It is hard to bridge 400 years of history and after that just say that this day, this should be our day.
A day more in tune with the Swedish party spirit would be midsummer, now that is a day of celebrating. But as this is our national day I can only say, “Happy Birthday Sweden,” may you have 500 years more of prosperity.
Written by JMS