The 2021 edition of the Swedish National Day is being commemorated today, June 6, 2021.
Annually, the National Day is observed on June 6.
National Day is usually celebrated with parades, marching bands and local folk band performances. In most cases, King and Queen of Sweden take part in a ceremony at the Skansen.
The yellow and blue Swedish flag is run up the mast, and children in traditional peasant costume present the royal couple with bouquets of summer flowers.
History of Swedish National Day
Also known as Svenska Flaggans Day (Swedish Flag Day), the National Day which is a public holiday, commemorates two historical anniversaries: the coronation of King Gustav Vasa in 1523 and the ratification of the modern constitution on this day in 1809, which established a separation of governmental power.
The election of King Gustav is seen as something that mark the foundation of modern Sweden.
A number of 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.
Furthermore, the date of June 6th is also notable in Sweden as on that day in 1809, the Instrument of Government was adopted, forming a key part of Sweden’s constitution. June 6th is also the day when new Swedish citizens receive their official documents.
The National Day as an holiday that remembers only became a public holiday rather more recently, in 2005.
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