Swedes celebrate their National Day on June 6 in honor of two historical events: Gustav Vasa being elected king (June 6, 1523) and the adoption of a new constitution (June 6, 1809). It did not however become a public holiday until 2005. This day normally offers a rare chance to see Swedes waving the flag.

Normally, the King and Queen of Sweden take part in a ceremony at Skansen, Stockholm’s open-air museum, on the National Day. The yellow and blue Swedish flag is run up the mast, and children in traditional peasant costume present the royal couple with bouquets of summer flowers.

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Below is the greeting from Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter.