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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Finland. Please scroll down to view.

The Republic of Finland is a northern European country that currently celebrates 12 national holidays. National holidays are determined by Parliament and official holiday lists are released each year. Under the guidelines of Parliament, Saturday and Sundays are official non-working days in Finland. Sundays are almost revered as holidays because each one has a special meaning according to the liturgical calendar.

Most of the holidays celebrated in Finland are based on the Christian faith. Some of these holidays will change in date each year because they are celebrated based on the lunar cycle. The Parliament of Finland will announce the official dates for these holidays each year. Employers are required to observe these holidays regardless of which days they occur.

Holidays remain on the date that they occur for most events. If a holiday occurs on a Sunday, it may be moved to the following date. In most case, only Easter is moved to a Monday celebration. Many government offices and banks will close early on the eve of a large holiday. Many employers have followed this tradition and close at 1:00 p.m. on the eve of a holiday.

Austerity measures in recent years have changed national holidays to just non-working days, not paid holidays. Employers are not required to provide paid days off for public holidays unless they have made this arrangement in the employment contract.

February 6th is Sami Day. The Sami people are the indigenous people of the North Atlantic countries. While this is not an official holiday, many people celebrate this date throughout the North Atlantic countries.

Cultural, Religious, and Regional Holidays

Finland has a large Sami population and their culture includes many holiday celebrations. These celebrations are recognised by the Parliament of Finland but not official public holidays.

While a majority of the population of Finland is Christian, there are other religions practiced in the country. The government of Finland does not require employers to provide a day off for any of these celebrations.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonMay Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
4 JunSunWhit Sunday
24 JunSatMidsummer Day
4 NovSatAll Saints' Day
6 DecWedIndependence Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas