It’s worth knowing when Finnish public holidays will fall as generally businesses and services will close or have shorter hours.
Christmas Eve and Midsummer Eve are perhaps the two most important holidays on the Finnish calendar. Although not officially called holidays many people will not work these days and stores will close early.
May Day or Vappu is also an important event in Finland and celebrations begin the evening before. Easter dates are decided each year depending on the first full moon after spring equinox.
Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May) and Father’s Day (first Sunday in November) are de facto holidays. This means some stores close while others have shorter trading hours.
Finland also has what is known as ‘ski week’ – a break rotated around Finland so that everyone doesn’t go on holiday at the same time. Usually in February, many people do use the time to go skiing, while others take the chance to fly south for some sun.
Shops have shorter hours on Sundays and are usually open between 12.00 – 18.00, if at all.
New Years Day – 1 January
Epiphany – 6 January
Maundy Thursday – the Thursday before Easter (not an official holiday but often marked by shorter working hours)
Good Friday ( Pitkäperjantai ) – moveable dates
Easter Sunday ( Pääsiäispäivä ) – moveable dates
Easter Monday – moveable dates
May Day ( Vappu ) – 1 May ( Celebrations begin on the evening of 30 April)
Midsummer’s Eve – the Friday before Midsummer Day
Midsummer Day ( Juhannus ) – the Saturday following 19 June
Ascension Day – 39 days after Easter Sunday
Pentecost – 49 days after Easter Sunday
All Saint’s Day – the Saturday following 30 October
Independence Day of Finland – celebrated 6 December. 2017 will mark 100 years of Finnish independence.
Christmas Eve – 24 December, when Finns hold their main Christmas celebrations
Christmas Day – 25 December
St Stephen’s Day – 26 December
New Years Eve – 31 December, not an official holiday but often marked by shorter working hours