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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 2018/2019 are listed in the table below:

2018 - Finland bank holidays

Holidays/local name

2019 - Finland bank holidays

January 1st (Monday)

New Year’s Day/Uudenvuodenpäivä

January 1st (Tuesday)

January 6th (Saturday)

Epiphany/Loppiainen

January 6th (Sunday)

March 30th (Friday)

Good Friday/ Pitkäperjantai

April 19th (Friday)

April 1st (Sunday)

Easter Sunday/Pääsiäispäivä

April 21st (Sunday)

April 2nd (Monday)

Easter Monday/2. Pääsiäispäivä

April 22nd (Monday)

May 1st (Tuesday)

May Day/Vappu

May 1st (Wednesday)

May 10th (Thursday)

Ascension Day/Helatorstai

May 30th (Thursday)

May 20th (Sunday)

Whit Sunday/Helluntaipäivä

June 9th (Sunday)

June 22nd (Friday)

Midsummer Eve/Juhannusaatto

June 21st  (Friday)

June 23rd (Saturday)

Midsummer Day/Juhannuspäivä

June 22nd (Saturday)

November 3rd (Saturday)

All Saints’ Day/Pyhäinpäivä

November 2nd (Saturday)

December 6th (Thursday)

Independence Day/Itsenäisyyspäivä

December 6th (Friday)

December 25th (Tuesday)

Christmas Day/Joulupäivä

December 25th (Wednesday)

December 26th (Wednesday)

Boxing Day/2. Jouloupäivä or Tapaninpäivä

December 26th (Thursday)


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 includes 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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