Top Things to Do in Sweden in February [2023]

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Rajd is the Sami name for a reindeer caravan. There is currently one company approved by Nature’s Best doing reindeer rides. Photo taken at Soppero in Swedish Lapland. Photo Credit: Staffan Widstrand/imagebank.sweden.se.

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Is Sweden good to visit in February? What is there to do in Sweden in February? How cold is Sweden in February? Does it snow in Sweden in February? Well, you can practise winter sports. You can witness the Northern Lights,  You can celebrate Sami  National Day. And there are several key events! Keep reading for more …

Key Events in Sweden in February 2022

Many events have already been canceled because of the pandemic. And at least one event will be held online. So check the years carefully. While February in Sweden is a bit livelier than January, it is still the off-season for tourism.

As a result, you might be able to find bargains at hotels and tourist attractions.

While there are no national holidays or major festivals in February, boating enthusiasts might want to check out the boat show in Gothenburg.  In fact, this is when Swedes start thinking about spring.

And the biggest Scandinavian design event of the year takes Stockholm by storm in February. Finally, the country’s indigenous community – the Sami – celebrate their national day in February.

Click HERE for more on the Northern Lights and winter sports in Sweden.

Jokkmokk’s Market – 2 to 4  February 2023

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Jokkmokk Market in Swedish Lapland. Photo Credit: Asaf_Kliger/imagebank.sweden.se

Jokkmokk is the largest settlement in Northern Sweden. And Jokkmokk’s Market is now in its 418th year.

The market is held on the first Thursday in February every year, and it now lasts three days. Celebrations include concerts, excursions, exhibitions, films, and trade.

In fact, there are hundreds of events!  And Jokkmokk Market is one of the most important social events for the Sámi people in Sápmi.

Gothenburg Boat Show – 4 to 12 February 2023

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The Kosterislands is a popular destination for sailboats. There is a number of guest harbours around the islands. Photo Credit:  Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se.

Boat owners, boating enthusiasts, fishing enthusiasts, water sports lovers, and curious beginners will visit the Gothenburg Boat Show in anticipation of the arrival of spring.

Known as Båtmässan in Swedish, the event will showcase boats, boating accessories, and related equipment from a variety of vendors. In addition, there will be daily seminars addressing themes like sport fishing, sailing, outdoor life, general boat life, and related topics.

  • Gothenburg Boat Show – the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Center, Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

Sami National Day – 6 February 2023

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Sami mother and her child, dressed in the kolt, a traditional Sami costume. Photo Credit:  Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

The Sami make up one of the world’s least numerous indigenous peoples. In fact, only about 80,000 Sami live in their homeland, Sápmi. Others are scattered around the globe.

The Sami are an indigenous people that have been living in the Northern areas of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the Kola Peninsula of Russia, since the Ice Age. About 20,000 Sami live in Sweden. And they have their own cultural heritage, language, flag, and parliament.

Furthermore, the Sami are one of Sweden’s five official national minorities. The others are the Jews, the Roma, Swedish Finnns, and Tornedalers.

Sami National Day celebrates the anniversary of the first Sami congress, which was held in Trondheim, Norway, in 1917. Sami National Day has been celebrated annually since 1992. On this day, Sami communities raise the Sami National Flag and sing the Sami National Anthem.

Stockholm Design Week – 6 to 12 February 2023

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Stockholm Design Weeks. Photo Credit: formex, Design Talents.

Architects, buyers, designers, influencers, and media from around the world gather in the Swedish capital each February for Stockholm Design Week.

Stockholm Design Week is the most important gathering of the year on the  Scandinavian Design calendar. Launched in 2002, the event hosted more than 400 events in 2019.

Events take place at galleries, showrooms, museums, and other cultural institutions. The focus during the day is on business. And at night, there are after-fair meetings, cocktail parties, and dinners.

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair – 7 to 11 February 2023

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Interior design shop Artilleriet is located on Magasinsgatan in Gothenburg, Sweden. It offers an eclectic range of products from all around the world. Photo Credit: Anna Hållams/imagebank.sweden.se.

Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase their goods at the  Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. And fully  80% are from Scandinavia. Meanwhile, fair goers will come from 100 countries around the world.

 

Valentine’s Day – 14 February 2023

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Valentine’s Day in Stockholm. Photo Credit: Moa Karlberg/imagebank.sweden.se.

Valentine’s Day has a relatively short history in Sweden. In fact, Swedes only started to celebrate it in the 1960s.

Nowadays, flowers and candies are exchanged. And like their counterparts in other countries, couples have quiet dinners at romantic restaurants.

Sometimes, they go clubs. And some people like to watch the sun set on the beach.

Stockholm Feminist Film Festival – CONFIRMING DATES 

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The festival’s opening film in 2020 was Charter, about a woman awaiting a custody verdict following her divorce. This 94-minute film is in Swedish with English subtitles.

THE FAIR WAS CANCELLED IN 2022 BECAUSE OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. CONFIRMING 2023 DATES NOW

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Stockholm Feminist Film Festival has been paused in 2022.

Short films, full-length features, and documentaries on the experiences of women and girls will be in the spotlight at the Stockholm Feminist Film Festival.

The event is the largest film festival for films by female directors in Scandinavia.

There will also be several panels on gender issues in film and the film industry. Other activities will include master classes and workshops.

  • Stockholm Feminist Film Festival –  various venues about Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Weather in Sweden in February

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Dog sledding tour, with Jokkmokkguiderna, in Swedish Lapland. Photo Credit: Anna Öhlund/imagebank.sweden.se.

Northern Sweden gets the most snowfall in Sweden. And it can be bitter cold in February. Consequently, it is a great place to practise winter sports. However, the rest of Sweden isn’t as cold as you might expect.

Because of a warm Gulf Stream, the weather tends to be warmer than other countries at this latitude. However, that does not mean the weather is warm. And it can be quite windy along the coast. But there is little to no snow south of Stockholm.

In conclusion, be prepared for very short days and very long nights throughout the country. In fact, the short days and long nights can make the place downright gloomy.

Stockholm Weather in February

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Ice-skating in Stockholm. Photo Credit: Moa Karlberg/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, the city has countless lakes, bays, canals, and wetlands.

The average high temperature in Stockholm in February is -0.5 degrees Celsius, or 31 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of -5.3 degrees Celsius, or 22.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

In fact, February is the coldest month of the year in Stockholm. In addition, there is an average of only 1.7 hours of daily sunshine in Stockholm in February.

There is an average of 14 days with either rain or snow in Stockholm in February. The average humidity is 91%.

Gothenburg Weather in February

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Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo Credit: Per Pixel Petersson/imagebank.sweden.se.

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. It is located on the country’s west coast. The city’s port is Scandinavia’s largest. In addition, it is an important hub for Sweden’s infrastructure and trade.

The average high is in Gothenburg in February is 1.2 degrees Celsius, or 34 Fahrenheit. And the average low is -0.4 degrees Celsius, or 24 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 2 hours of sunshine in Gothenburg in February. There is an average of 11 days with either rain or snow. And the average humidity is 93%.

Malmo Weather in February

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

The average high temperature in Malmo in February is 1.7 degrees Celsius, or 31 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of -2.4 degrees Celsius. That is 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 2.2 hours of sunshine in Malmo in February. There is an average of 13 days with either rain or snow in Malmo in February.  And the average humidity is 89%

Uppsala Weather in February

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

The average high temperature in Uppsala in February is -1.6 degrees Celsius, or 23.5 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of -7.4 degrees Celsius, or 19 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 1.8 hours of sunshine in Uppsala in February. There is an average of 13 rainy days in Uppsala in February. And the average humidity is 96%.

Umea Weather in February

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

The average high temperature in Umea in February is 14.4 degrees Celsius, or 24 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of -11.6 degrees Celsius, or 11 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 1.6 hours of sunshine in Umea in February.  There is an average of 15 days with either rain or now Umea in February. And the average humility is 95%.

What to Pack

Sweden can get really cold in February. Therefore, you should bring warm clothing. If you plan on visiting the coast, make sure to windproof apparel.

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