Things to Do in Sweden in April 2020

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On Easter, Swedish children dress up as Easter witches. And they receive cardboard Easter eggs filled with candy. Photo Credit: Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se.

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Days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. Is April in Sweden a good time to visit? The weather could be better, but there are two important holidays. Plus: no crowds and some great indoor and outdoor events that might make it a great time to visit Sweden!

Events in Sweden in April 

Easter Weekend

Easter offers Swedes a rare four day weekend. While both Friday and Monday are official holidays, many Swedes get an early start, celebrating Maundy Thursday with some uniquely Swedish customs.

In addition, many Swedes have roots in the countryside. Consequently, many families have country cottages, where they can reconnect with nature.

And this is where many Swedes will spend their Easter Weekend!

Maundy Thursday – 9 April 2020
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Swedish children dressing up as witches. photo Credit: Ulf Lundin/imagebank.sweden.se.
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Swedish children dress up as witches and ask for candy. Photo Credit: Ulf Lundin/imagebank.sweden.se.

Known as Skärtorsdag in Swedish, Maundy Thursday celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples. And it falls on the Thursday before Easter.

According to traditional Swedish beliefs, witches flew off on broomsticks to the legendary island of Blåkulla on Maundy Thursday. Once there, they had a feast and danced with the Devil.

So what is the connection with Easter?  Because Judas betrayed Jesus on this day, evil was released into the world.

In some parts of Sweden, children dress up like Easter witches on Maundy Thursday. And they go door-to-door asking for candy. It is a bit like trick-or-treating in the United States on Halloween.

In other parts of Sweden, children do this on other days. For example, the practice often takes places on Easter Sunday itself.

Maundy Thursday is not an official holiday. However, some businesses shorten their hours.

Good Friday – 10 April 2020

Known as Långfredagen in Swedish, Good Friday is a public holiday in Sweden. Schools and most businesses are closed. 

Holy Saturday – 11 April 2020

Known as Påskafton in Swedish, Holy Saturday is not an official holiday in Sweden since schools and most businesses are usually closed on Saturday anyway.

Easter Sunday – 12 April 2020
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Decorating birch twigs for Easter. Photo Credit: Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se.
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Decorating Easter eggs for Easter. Photo Credit: Lena Granefelz/imagebank.sweden.se.

Known as Påskdagen is Swedish, Easter Sunday is the most important holiday for the Church of Sweden.

While Easter has religious roots in Sweden, for most Swedes it has become a secular holiday.

Family gatherings are popular, and that usually means a mouthwatering smorgasbord. And the same dishes usually served at Christmas and Midsummer are served on Easter.

For example, typical dishes includes pickled herring, potatoes, gravad lax, meatballs, eggs topped with fish roe, and Jansson’s temptation. The latter is a combination of potatoes, onions, and anchovies in a cream sauce.

And it is all washed down with spiced schnapps!

Easter Monday 13 April 2020

Annandag Påsk in Swedish, Easter Monday is an official holiday in Sweden. Schools and most businesses are closed.

Stockholm Culture Night – 18 April 2020

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Viktor Gårdsäter Outdoor Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Credit: Joachim Brink/imagebank.sweden.se

More than 100 cultural events take across across the Swedish capital from 6 pm until 12 midnight.

Events include shows and concerts. And they range from dance and music to art, fashion, literature, and crafts.

Most importantly, all of the events are free. And they take place in public places such as parks and squares. In fact, a few of the events are held on bridges!

International Science Festival – 21 to 26 April 2020

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Some 375 companies, two universities, and six secondary schools have offices in Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg. Photo Credit: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se.

About 70,000 people attend hundreds of events at the International Science Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second most populous city.

In fact, the festival is one of Europe’s leading popular science events. And it is the only one of its kind in Sweden.

There are workshops, lectures, private shows, musical and theatrical performances, debates, exhibitions, and seminars and meetings for professionals.

Disciplines range from social sciences and the humanities to natural science and technology.

Some programes are open to the public. Others for professionals. And some are targeted at students.

While most of the activities are held in Swedish, a few are held in English.

Supermarket Independent Art Fair – 23 to 26 April 2020

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The public can paint murals on a wall in the district of Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden. It can be painted over and over again. Photo Credit: Anna Hållams/imagebank.sweden.se.

Now in its 14th year, the Supermarket independent art fair gives independent artists from around the world the chance to showcase their work.

Attendees include artists, gallerists, collectors, museum directors, and curators.

Genres include paintings, sculpture, sound and other installations, videos, multimedia, and prints.

In addition to exhibitions, there are seminars, performances, and networking opportunities.

Olympiatravet – 25 April 2020

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Gothenburg Horse Show. Photo Credit: Claes Jakobsson.

Gothenburg’s Olympiatravet is one of Sweden’s biggest harness racing events.

As many at 15,000 equestrian enthusiasts watch some of the top horses in the sport compete at the Åbytravet Racetrack, Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.

If you are hungry, the racetrack has several bistros and restaurants, where you can get a bite to eat or down a few.

And the final event is followed by a meet-and-greet session with steeds and coachmen.

  • Olympiatravel – Gothenburg Åbyvägen 2-12 431 22 Mölndal, Sweden

Swedish Floorball Finals – 25 April 2020

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Women’s floorball match between Sweden and Finland. Photo Credit: Rolandhino1.

Floorball fans from all over Sweden will travel to Stockholm to watch the world’s largest floorball event.

If you are not familiar with floorball, the sport is similar to ice hockey. However,  instead of chasing a puck on ice, players chase a lightweight plastic ball on the floor.

  • Swedish Football Finals – Globe Arena, 121 77 Stockholm, Sweden.

Walpurgis Night – 30 April 2020

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Bonfire at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden, on Walpurgis NIght. Photo Credit: Henrik Trygg. Courtesy of Mediabank.VisitStockholm.com

Walpurgis Night takes place the evening before the feast of Saint Walpurgis, an eighth century Christian saint.

While Walpurigs Night is celebrated throughout Northern and Central Europe, in Sweden it also marks the beginning of spring.

Customs vary from place to place. But generally, this is a public rather than private event. Most importantly, festivities usually take place in parks and other public spaces.

Festivities include the lighting of bonfires and choral singing. Most of the songs date back to the 19th century. And local dignitaries often give speeches.

Weather in Sweden in April

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Colourful feathers are attached to birch twigs on Easter. The purpose is to hasten the arrival of spring.  Photo Credit: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se.

Because the weather is unpredictable, April is not the best time to visit Sweden. However, it can be quite pleasant when the some come out. And best of all, the days are getting longer. In addition, there won’t be crowds, and hotels might offer discounts.

Stockholm Weather in April

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Kungsträdgården is a park in the centre of Stockholm. The park’s cherry trees tend to bloom toward the end of April. Photo Credit: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se.

Stockholm is Sweden’s largest city. In addition, it is the nation’s capital.

Because it is built on a series of islands, Stockholm is a stunningly beautiful city. For example, it has innumerable lakes, bays, canals, and wetlands.

The average high temperature in Stockholm  in April is 8.5 degrees Celsius, or 40.5 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of 6.1 degree Celsius, or 34 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 5.6 hours of daily sunshine in Stockholm in April. In fact, it is the fifth sunniest month of the year. Only June, May, July, and August experience more sunshine.

An average of 29.6 millimeters of rain falls in April. There is an average of 11 rainy days. The average humidity is 72%.

Gothenburg Weather in April

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vRÅ in Gothenburg serves Nordic dishes with Japanese flair using locally sourced ingredients. Photo Credit: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se.

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. It is located on the country’s west coast.

The average high in April is 9.4 Celsius, or 42 Fahrenheit. And the average low is 1.66 degrees Celsius, or 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 6 hours of sunshine in Gothenburg in April. The city gets an average of 42.6 millimeters of rainfall. There is an average of 11 rainy days.

The average humidity is 78%.

Malmo Weather in April

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Wooden tables in a forest near Malmo offers the perfect venue for an April picnic. Photo Credit: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se.

Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city. It sits at the southwestern tip of Sweden. Most importantly, it is across the Oresund River from Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The average high temperature in Malmo in April is 9 degrees Celsius, or 42 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of 2 degrees Celsius, or 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 6 hours of sunshine in Malmo in April. It is  the fifth sunniest month of the year. An average of 39 millimeters of rain falls in April.

There is an average of 12 rainy days. The average humility is 74%

Uppsala Weather in April

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Uppsala Cathedral is one of the largest Cathedral of Northern Europe. Photo Credit: Mark Harris/imagebank.sweden.se.

Uppala is Sweden’s fourth largest city. It is 71 kilometers, or 44 miles, north of Stockholm. 

The average high temperature in Uppsala in April is 4 degrees Celsius, or 39 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of – 0.1 degree Celsius, or 31 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 6 hours of sunshine in Uppsala in April. It is the fifth sunniest month of the year. There is an average of 11 rainy days in Uppsala in June.

The average humility is 75%.

Umea Weather in April

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Väven is a cultural centre in Umeå. Photo Credit: Anton Olin/imagebank.sweden.se

Umea is Sweden’s 13th largest city. Most importantly, it is the gateway to Swedish Lapland.

The average high temperature in Umea in April is 4 degrees Celsius, or 39 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of – 0.1 degree Celsius, or 31 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 6 hours of sunshine in Umea in April. It is the fifth sunniest month of the year. There is an average of 11 rainy days in Uppsala in June.

The average humidity is 75%.

What to Pack

The weather in Sweden in April can be summer warm or winter cold, so packing can present a challenge. Therefore, you should play it safe by bringing both  windproof and rain apparels as well as t-shirts and sweaters.

Things to Do in Sweden in April is part of a series of monthly travel guides to Sweden.

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