This is our heavily marked up calendar hanging in the kitchen, I am sure that you will see the same one in quite a few homes across Sweden since it came free from our electric company. At first glance it seems like any other calendar but Swedish calendars have a few good surprises that I thought I would share with you!
The most important thing is that the first day of the week is Monday, Måndag, which honestly makes so much sense since Saturday and Sunday are considered the weekend . It took me a few months however to get the hang of not just glancing at the calendar and assuming the day I saw in the middle was Wednesday! I now usually triple check when I make plans so I am putting the right number and day together especially after a few mishaps with laundry scheduling and needed to use the towels a few extra days after I would have liked!
The next main thing are the red days. As you can see the 17th is in red which indicates a holiday and the name of the holiday is also written in red. On the 9th was also a holiday but since it was not written in red this indicated the difference in if shops and offices will be closed. Anytime you see a red day coming up you will want to prepare as it sucks to be sitting at home needing toilet paper and all the shops being closed! Another benefit of red days is that in a health service industry like Mr. H is in it usually means extra pay on that day!
The last unique thing and probably the most different is that each day has a name associated with it. This is a shot of August which is not marked up yet so you can see better the names on the bottom left of each day. Some days like the 21st have corresponding male and female names, others like the 27th have two names of the same sex that are related or others like the 28th have just two random names.
These days however do not normally correspond to the name of the person born on that day, rather they are separate days to celebrate a person with that name. It does depend on your family like in Mr. H’s family they are not really recognized but in others you might get a card or flowers. It also is like a easy to access book of baby names as for the most part they are still very traditional Swedish names that are in use today.
One funny thing is that Mr. H’s name day is on my birthday!
Let me know if you want me to check if you have a name day or what name is on your birthday!