Midsommardans, Anders Zorn (1860-1920) , reproduction by nationalmuseum.se

Midsummer is arguably the biggest holiday of the year, with the exception of Christmas, in Sweden. The main celebration takes place on Midsummer’s Eve (June 22), the day after the close of the meeting. This is a celebration of the longest day of the year and a real taste of Swedish culture. There are places in Stockholm and the archipelago to celebrate Midsummer or you can farther afield to the countryside. Most shops and restaurants will have limited hours or be closed on Friday and Saturday (including the state-run liquor store). We recommend planning ahead if you stay to celebrate Midsummer, particularly if you leave the city.