Midsummer!

Posted by: on Jun 19, 2015 | No Comments

We did not have the best of springs this year in Sweden and the summer started rather wet and cold, particularly May which was the wettest for many years. Nevertheless, Sweden is gearing up to celebrate Midsummer this evening (June 19) and, as the weather has improved over the last few days, I am looking forward to a very nice evening.

We have long and dark winters in Sweden and therefore Midsummer is something we truly appreciate. In the north of Sweden there is 24-hour daylight at this time of the year and in the south of Sweden the sun sets for only a few hours.  The typical tradition in Sweden during Midsummer is to build a midsummer pole and dance around this pole before sitting down for a long dinner with herring, a traditional liqueur and a lot of singing.Midsummer Celebration

After Midsummer many Swedes start taking their summer vacations. It is quite customary for people to take a couple of weeks’ vacation in a row. Leading a global company makes it impossible in my case to take a long holiday, but midsummer always marks an important milestone and provides a short break. And I try to take at least two weeks’ vacation during the summer. This helps me to recharge my batteries and arrive back in the office feeling ‘revitalised’ and ready to continue leading the company towards our defined goals.

Tonight, however, I am happy to be with my family and happy to celebrate Midsummer — one of the most important Swedish traditions.

Foto på Dag Andersson