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Sun shines on Swedish National Day

Published torsdag 6 juni 2013 kl 10.36
Swedes wave national flags at Skansen in 2012.Photo:Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Swedes planning to celebrate National Day outdoors could not have wished for better weather. The sun is shining in most parts of the country with temperatures averaging 20 degrees celsius.

"It will be sunny in large areas of the country, but in Värmland, Dalarna and Norrland it might be cloudy with even some rain, SMHI meteorologist Sandra Andersson says to Swedish Radio News.

The fine weather is expected to continue into Friday in Götaland and Svealand.

June 6 is a national holiday in Sweden and has been celebrated as National Day since 1983.  Prior to that , the day was celebrated as Swedish flag day (Svenska flaggans dag). It has been a public holiday, known here as a "red day", since 2005.

The origins of the date hark back to Gustav Vasa and his election as Sweden's king on June 6, 1522, the first step towards Sweden becoming an independent state.

Sweden's Royal Family will take part in traditional celebrations today at Skansen, Stockholm's open-air museum. It's a busy week for the royal's with Princess Madeleine getting married on Saturday.

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