The New Year in Sweden is observed each year with widespread parties and festivities on New Year’s Eve, and a national public holiday on 1 January.
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In Sweden, it’s a common sight to see people gathering outside around midnight on 31 December to make their new year’s toast out of doors.
Some have observed that Swedes have developed a dichotomy where Christmastime is the time to spend with family and relatives, but New Year’s Eve is a day to be spent with friends. Christmas is more a bastion of traditionalism, while New Year’s is flashy, modern, and all about everything new and exciting.
There are some longstanding Swedish New Year’s traditions, however, aside from shopping. You are supposed to make your New Year’s resolution right on the stroke of midnight. And fireworks at midnight and the broadcast of chiming bells are also regular standbys.