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Bank holidays in Finland - list of Finnish closing days and public holidays

Finland is a Nordic country and part of the geographic region Fennoscandia.

The Land of a Thousand Lakes has a very scenic nature with an infinite number of forests and 185.000 lakes (hence the nickname).
The country is the 8th largest of Europe - in terms of area. The country ‘only’ has 5.5 million inhabitants, of which the majority lives in the southern part of Finland.

Finnish bank holidays and closing days have a lot in common with public holidays in other Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Read more about bank holidays in Denmark and Sweden.

The holidays in Finland in 2016/2017 are listed in the table below:

2016 - Finland bank holidays

Holidays/local name

2017 - Finland bank holidays

January 1st (Friday)

New Year’s Day/Uudenvuodenpäivä

January 1st (Sunday)

January 6th (Wednesday)

Epiphany/Loppiainen

January 6th (Friday)

March 25th (Friday)

Good Friday/ Pitkäperjantai

April 14th (Friday)

March 27th (Sunday)

Easter Sunday/Pääsiäispäivä

April 16th (Sunday)

March 28th (Monday)

Easter Monday/2. Pääsiäispäivä

April 17th (Monday)

May 1st (Sunday)

May Day/Vappu

May 1st (Monday)

May 5th (Thursday)

Ascension Day/Helatorstai

May 25th (Thursday)

May 15th (Sunday)

Whit Sunday/Helluntaipäivä

June 4th (Sunday)

June 24th (Friday)

Midsummer Eve/Juhannusaatto

June 23rd (Friday)

June 25th (Saturday)

Midsummer Day/Juhannuspäivä

June 24th (Saturday)

November 5th (Saturday)

All Saints’ Day/Pyhäinpäivä

November 4th (Saturday)

December 6th (Tuesday)

Independence Day/Itsenäisyyspäivä

December 6th (Wednesday)

December 25th (Sunday)

Christmas Day/Joulupäivä

December 25th (Monday)

December 26th (Monday)

Boxing Day/2. Jouloupäivä or Tapaninpäivä

December 26th (Tuesday)


Midsummer Day and Midsummer Night Finland
In Finland, the longest day of the year and the day after are celebrated with entertainment and parties far into the night.

June Midsummer weekend in Finland often include heavy drinking. Unfortunately, many road accidents take place in this Finnish Holiday; the reason being party goers frequently driving under the influence.

It is very common in Finland to start the summer vacation in this weekend.

The Midsummer Holiday is a weekend for relaxing and spending time with friends and family. Many go to their summerhouses or attend one of several festivals being organised in the Midsummer weekend. It is tradition to light large bonfires in Finland on Midsummer Night.

Midsummer Day and Night always fall on the last Friday and Saturday of June - creating an extended weekend for the Finns.

Finland’s Independence Day - closing day in Finland
The Finns celebrate their independence from Russia on the 6th of December. Finland declared their independence from Russia in 1917, as a reaction to the Russian Revolution. After the revolution, a movement for Finland’s independence started, as the Finns saw an opportunity to retreat from the Russian rule.

The day is commonly celebrated with parades and sing-alongs despite the weather conditions - which often include heavy snow. The Finnish holiday has also become object of demonstrations. Some demonstrations are peaceful, but others can end in disagreements between the demonstrators and the police.

Video: Finland’s Independence Day December 6th.

The Christmas Days in Finland
Christmas is the most beloved Finnish holiday and the one most celebrate. An essential part of the Finnish Christmas is the Declaration of the Christmas Peace. The Christmas Peace is officially announced at noon by a city official. The declaration is read in both Finnish and Swedish (Swedish is also an official language of Finland, even though only 5.3% of the population speak the language. They are called Swedo-Finnish or Finnish Swedes).

In the past, the Declaration of Christmas Peace was a tradition in most Nordic countries. It meant that during Christmas time, peace should prevail, and any violence committed during the time of the Christmas Peace, should be punished harsher than normally, because the peace was not kept. 


Bank holidays in Finland - list of Finnish closing days and public holidays
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Published: Monday, September 14 2015
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