Things to Do in Sweden in May 2020

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Going for a spring walk through  Djurgården, a park in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Credit: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

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Sweden in May is a great time to visit because the weather is getting warmer and the days longer. But it is still quiet in terms of tourism. So bargains are possible at hotels. For music lovers, there are several musical festivals – from blues to heavy metal to alternative rock.

Top Events in Sweden in May

May Day – 1 May 2020

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The Botanical Gardens in Lund are a glorious oasis with a unique variety of species. Photo Credit:  Aline Lessner/imagebank.sweden.se.

The first of May is a celebration of the working classes in many countries. And Sweden is no exception.

Demonstrations supporting workers’ rights are held in many Swedish cities. But for many Swedes, May First is a good excuse to enjoy nature.

Ascension Day – 21 May 2020

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Coffee in nature. Photo Credit: Apelöga/imagebank.sweden.se

Because Ascension Day takes place 39 days after Easter Sunday, it falls on a different date each year.

However, just as Easter always falls on a Sunday, Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday.

Ascension Day is an official holiday in Sweden. According to Christian belief, it commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven.

In fact, many Swedes get up between 3 and 4 am on Ascension Day. And they make trips into the countryside.

And the purpose of their expedition is to hear the cuckoos chirping at sunrise. If the sound comes from the east or the west, it is a lucky sign. And if it comes from the north or the south, it bodes bad luck.

Most importantly, if the weather cooperates, many Swedes have a picnic breakfast in the country. In addition, they often sing or play musical instruments.

Ascension Day also marks the unofficial beginning of the fishing season. And Swedes traditionally believed that fish would not bite until Ascension Day.

Friday After Ascension Day – 22 May 2020

Since Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday, many Swedish companies give their employees the next day off. This allows them to enjoy a four-day weekend.

International Pop Overthrow 22 to 24 May 2020

International Pop Overthrow (IPO) is a pop music festival that is held in several cities around the world each year. It is held in Stockholm in May.

Dozens of acts perform during the four-day festival.

Muskelrock – 28 to 30 May 2020

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Music fans listening to heavy metal at the Musktelrock rock concert.

The 12th annual Muskelrock heavy metal rock festival is held in asmall amusement park in the town of Alvestan. Dozens of musicans will perform during the three-day event.

  • Muskelrock – Tyrolen, an amusement park 7 kilometers from Alvesta, Sweden. It is roughly 440 kilometers southwest of Stockholm.

Monsteras Blue and Roots Festival – 29 to 30 May 2020

This blues music festival bills itself as “the nicest festival in Sweden”.

Park Sounds – 30 May 2020

This alternative rock concert presents a lineup of Swedish and international bands.

  • Park Sounds – Huskvarna Folkets Park, Stationsgatan 24, 56133 Huskvarna, Sweden.

Whit Sunday – 31 May 2020

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Outdoor picnics are popular on Whit Sunday. Photo Credit: August Dellert.

Whit Sunday is a Christian holiday. It is also known as Pentecost. And it celebrates when the Holy Sprint visited the apostles and disciples..

The celebration of Whit Sunday in Sweden usually begins the night before, when families enjoy a large meal together.

Because Whit Sunday usually happens at the same time that the weather in Sweden warms up, many Swedes celebrate the holiday outdoors.

Whit Sunday is 50 days after Easter. Therefore, it falls on a different day each year. Whit Sunday will fall on 31 May in 2020.

Weather in Sweden in May

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Field of blooming canola next to a country road lined by willow trees in Southern Sweden. Photo Credit: .Måns Fornander/imagebank.sweden.se

May sees spring turn into summer in Sweden. And the cities and towns are full of life

Southern Sweden is particularly beautiful this time of year . This is when the canola fields expplode into a riot of of yellow and gold.

Stockholm Weather in May

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Buying flowers in Central Stockholm. Photo Credit: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se.

Stockholm is Sweden’s largest city. And it is also the nation’s capital.

Built on a series of islands, Stockholm is a stunningly  beautiful city with countless lakes, bays, canals, and wetlands.

The average high temperature in Stockholm in May is 16 degrees Celsius, or 61 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of 6 degrees Celsius, or 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 8 hours of sunshine in Stockholm in May, making it the third sunniest month of the year. There is an average of 11 rainy days in Stockholm in May. The average humidity is 63%.

Gothenburg Weather in June

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Bir’ds eye view of Gothenburg  Photo Credit: Per Pixel Petersson/imagebank.sweden.se.

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

The average high in Gothenburg in May is 5.5  Celsius, or 42 Fahrenheit. And the average low is 2.5 degrees Celsius, or 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of ##hours of sunshine in Gothenburg in June. The city gets an average of 27 millimeters of rainfall,. There is an average of ## rainy days. The average humidity is 74%.

Malmo Weather in May

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Cooking in nature in the countryside near Malmo. Photo Credit: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se.

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

The average high temperature in Malmo in May is 16 degrees Celsius, or 61 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of 6 degrees Celsius, or 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine in Malmo in both May and Jly. After June, they are second sunniest month of the year.  There is an average of 12 rainy days. The average humility is 74%

Uppsala Weather in May

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Uppsala Castle was built by Gustav Vasa in the mid 1500’s. Photo Credit: Mark Harris/imagebank.sweden.se.

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

The average high temperature in Uppsala in May is 16 degrees Celsius, or 61 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of 6 degrees Celsius, or 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 8.5 hours of sunshine in Uppsala in May. It is the third sunniest month of the year. A There is an average of 10 rainy days in Uppsala in May. The average humility is 88%

What to Pack

While spring lasts from March to May, the weather can be confusing>Play it safe by packing both windproof and rain apparels as well as t-shirts and sweaters.

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

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