Today the Swedes are celebrating Sveriges Nationaldag – Swedish National Day.

The tradition began back in 1916, in honour of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, as this was considered the foundation of modern Sweden. However, it was not considered as the national holiday before 2005. For years, it was celebrated as the “svenska flaggans dag” (Swedish flag day). In 2004 the Swedish parliament voted to make it a public holiday, which may cause people to become more interested in celebrating it.

Happy Nationaldag everyone!