I think it is fascinating that the Swedes that are not very religious people have only religious holidays. Tomorrow is one of those and since it happens to take place on a Thursday and the next following day is a Friday, which in turn is right before the weekend then one gets the Friday of as well. A direct translation is that the Friday becomes a "squeeze day". All days between two holidays are squeeze days and they are off usually.
This upcoming holiday also coincides with some sunny and nice summer weather so people are sort of starting to get into their holiday mood early. Monday felt like an ordinary Monday but Tuesday already started to feel like a pre-holiday. People showed up later at work and started leaving earlier. Many of my co-workers had taken today off as well.
I do not blame the Swedes because when there is nice summer weather you sure got to take advantage of it. You never know how long it is going to last and there is so little sunshine and warm temperatures here in these latitudes you just can't waste it away. Right now you feel the city is alive. People are outside. The sidewalks are crowded and all the restaurants are filled up with people. People are sitting down by the water front laughing, talking, having a glass of wine or an ice cream . This is a totally different Stockholm compared to the Stockholm you see and meet between September and May.
So now it sure will be nice anyway to be off for a few days. A mini vacation from Thursday until Tuesday. Monday is off because it happens to be the Swedish national day. The best is that sunshine and summer temperatures are promised. Today has been really nice with temperatures around 80 F or 24 Celcius.