Finland Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • The Republic of Finland is a northern European country with Saturday and Sunday is official non-working day
  • Official holidays in Finland can be divided into Christian and non-Christian holidays.
  • For those holidays that celebrated base on Christian faith, they will have different date each year as it calculated based on lunar cycle
  • Parliament of Finland usually announce public holidays for next year at the end of current year, employer must observed these holidays regardless of which days they occurs
  • As normal practice, Government office and banks usually close early on the eve of a large holiday celebration
  • Holidays are observed on their calendar date. If the date of holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will not be moved to a weekday


1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Uudenvuodenpäivä) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
6 JanFriEpiphany (Loppiainen) - 13th Day of Christmas. Celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ
14 AprFriGood Friday (Pitkäperjantai) - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 AprMonEaster Monday (pääsiäispäivä) - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonLabour Day (Vappu) - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
14 MaySunMother's Day - Celebration honoring the mother of the family. 2nd Sunday in May. Flag Day but not a Public Holiday
25 MayThursAscension Day (Helatorstai) - 40 days after Easter. Commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven
23 JunFriMidsummer Eve (Juhannusaatto) - Shops remain open.
24 JunSatMidsummer Day (Juhannuspäivä) - Non-official – Non-business day in the Annual Holidays Act (162/2005) - holiday in some collective labor agreements
4 NovSatAll Saints Day (Pyhäinpäivä) - Celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. Saturday between 31 October and 6 November
12 NovSunFather's Day - Is a celebration honoring fathers. 2nd Sunday in November. Not a Public Holiday
6 DecWedIndependence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä) - Celebrate Finland's declaration of independence from the Russian Republic in 1917
24 DecSunChristmas Eve (Jouluaatto) - Non-official – Non-business day in the Annual Holidays Act (162/2005) - holiday in some collective labor agreements
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Joulupäivä) - Celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueSecond Day of Christmas - Celebrated on 26th December

1 JanWedNew Year's Day
6 JanMonEpiphany
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayThursMay Day
29 MayThursAscension Day
20 JunFriMidsummer Eve
21 JunSatMidsummer Day
1 NovSatAll Saints Day
6 DecSatIndependence Day
24 DecWedChristmas Eve
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriSecond Day of Christmas

1 JanThursNew Year's Day
6 JanTueEpiphany
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayFriMay Day
14 MayThursAscension Day
19 JunFriMidsummer Eve
20 JunSatMidsummer Day
31 OctSatAll Saints Day
6 DecSunIndependence Day
24 DecThursChristmas Eve
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatSecond Day of Christmas

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
6 JanWedEpiphany
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
1 MaySunLabour Day
5 MayThursAscension Day
24 JunFriMidsummer Eve
25 JunSatMidsummer Day
5 NovSatAll Saints Day
6 DecTueIndependence Day
24 DecSatChristmas Eve
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonSecond Day of Christmas

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
6 JanSatEpiphany (13th Day of Christmas)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabour Day (Vappu)
10 MayThursAscension Day (Helatorstai. 40 days after Easter)
13 MaySunMother's Day (2nd Sunday in May. Flag Day but not a Public Holiday)
22 JunFriMidsummer Eve (Shops remain open)
23 JunSatMidsummer Day (Juhannuspaiva)
3 NovSatAll Saints Day (Saturday between 31 October and 6 November)
11 NovSunFather's Day (2nd Sunday in November. Not a Public Holiday)
6 DecThursIndependence Day
24 DecMonChristmas Eve
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedSecond Day of Christmas (Celebrated on 26th December)

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