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Holidays & Observances in Finland

Finland is a country in Northern Europe. It is one of the happiest countries in the world with a strong economy and a laid back population. Religion is becoming increasingly less popular in Finland, but Christianity has been an important part of the culture for a long time and Christian holidays are still widely celebrated across the country. Holidays are an important part of the Finnish culture. They have many holidays throughout the year which involve parades, public celebrations, and unique traditions. Christmas is especially important as Santa Claus’s official home is in Finland. Santa Claus Village is an amusement park in northern Finland where children can visit and meet Santa. This is also where letters to Santa are sent. Many people spend Christmas at home, though, as winter months in Finland have few hours of daylight.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Independence Day Finland Public
Independence Day Finland Public
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic