Finnish Celebrations and National Public Holidays

Finnish holiday calendar differs little bit from the United States. This is especially true around Christmas and New Year, where there may be two three-day holiday sequences. Around Easter, there is a long weekend with Friday and Monday as holidays.

Cities might organize some events around Finnish celebrations and public holidays, check in advance what is happening around you.



University Calendar

University vacation periods, especially around national and local holidays, will vary between institutions and cities, and during February week-long winter sports holidays for school children (often also taken by university staff) are staggered regionally.

With the exception of fixed dates such as Christmas, Easter, and Finland's Independence Day, holiday calendars will vary from one institution or location to another. Your host institution can provide a precise schedule.

Finnish Celebrations and National Public Holidays 2016

Please note that national public holidays may affect to public transportation and grocery stores' opening hours. Public service offices, banks, post offices, and Alko liquor stores will be closed.

New Year / Uuden vuoden aatto
New Year’s Day / Uudenvuodenpäivä

December 1
January 1

Epiphany / Loppiainen January 6
J.L. Runeberg Day (National Flagging Day) February 5
Kalevala Day, Day of Finnish Culture (National Flagging Day) February 28

Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) / Laskiaistiistai

February 9
Minna Canth´s Day, Day of Equality (National Flagging Day) March 19
Palm Sunday / Palmusunnuntai March 20

Easter / Pääsiäinen

  • Good Friday / Pitkäperjantai
  • Easter Sunday / 1. pääsiäispäivä
  • Easter Monday / 2. pääsiäispäivä


March 25
March 27
March 28

Mikael Agricola Day, Day of Finnish Language (National Flagging Day) April 9
National Veterans’ Day (National Flagging Day) April 27
May Day / Vappuaatto
1st of May,
Finnish Labour Day / Vapunpäivä (National Flagging Day)

April 30
May 1

Ascension Day / Helatorstai May 5
Mother's Day (National Flagging Day) May 8
Europe Day (National Flagging Day) May 9
J.V. Snellman Day, Day of Finnish Heritage (National Flagging Day) May 12
Whitsunday / Helluntaipäivä May 15
Remembrance Day May 20
Flag Day of Defence Forces June 4

Midsummer / Juhannus

  • Midsummer’s Eve
  • Midsummer Day, Day of the Finnish Flag (National Flagging Day)


June 24
June 25

Eino Leino Day, Celebration of Poetry and Summer (National Flagging Day) July 6
Aleksis Kivi Day, Day of Finnish Literature (National Flagging Day) October 10
United Nations Day (National Flagging Day) October 24
All Saints’ Day / Pyhäinpäivä November 5
Svenska Dagen, Day of the Swedish Identity (National Flagging Day) November 6
Father’s Day November 13
Independence Day / Itsenäisyyspäivä December 6
Saint Lucy's Day / Lucian päivä December 13

Christmas/  Joulu

  • Christmas Eve / Jouluaatto
  • Christmas Day / Joulupäivä
  • Boxing Day / Tapaninpäivä


December 24
December 25
December 26