Prior to 1983, the 6th of June was known as flag day in Sweden but since then it has been the National Day of Sweden. The idea for this date to be chosen as a national day dates back to the 1890’s when it was suggested by the founder of the Skansen, Artur Hazelius. He suggested this date because a new constitution was signed on this day in 1809 and King Gustav Vasa was crowned on this day in 1523. In 1916 the idea was adopted to commemorate Sweden receiving it’s own flag back in 1905 when the union with Norway was dissolved.
As you can see it took quite awhile for the date to become the official National Day and many have suggested that it lacks credibility because of this. 2005 marked thebeginning of it being an official public holiday, taking the place of Whit Monday.
Sweden has managed to stay out of all the wars of the modern era and this, some suggest, is the source of the hesitance in the country making a big deal of the National Day. Prior to 1983 many people did not even see any symbols of the day being special other than the flag of Sweden adorning buses. Today, there are still not many celebrations that go on but many businesses are closed allowing people the opportunity to visit family and friends.