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National Day 2021 – celebrate with Sweden!

On 6 June we celebrated the National Day of Sweden with music, dance, cooking and more! Watch some highlights on YouTube.

Sweden.se's National Day celebration 2021 was packed with entertainment! Highlights from our show 'National Day 2021 – celebrate with Sweden!' are available on YouTube.

Revisit some highlights from our live broadcast on 6 June 2021 in this YouTube playlist!

The programme

00:00 below equals 10:00 and 20:00 CEST, respectively.

00:00 Introduction to the programme

00:01 Sketch by comedian Liam Kalevi who entertains us with his take on Swedes and our traditions

00:02 History lesson in 20 seconds: Why Swedes celebrate the National Day

00:02 Live music session with Léon

00:12 Greeting from Kalle Flodin, film photographer and YouTuber

00:14 Greeting from Charlotte Kalla, cross-country skier

00:15 National Day greeting by Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess and Her Family

00:16 Chef Camilla Hamid bakes a strawberry cake

00:22 National Day greeting by Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde

00:24 Léon returns for a final music performance

00:29 Greeting from Ruth Gullberg Isaksson, 5

00:29 Greeting from Erik Eken, sailor

00:31 Dance performance by Cullberg: ‘Cullberg working from home’

00:36 Greeting from Cycling Without Age, a Red Cross initiative

00:37 Greeting from Marcus Berg, football player

00:38 Live music session with indie band Amason

00:48 Chef Gustav Johansson makes a vegan ‘smörgåstårta’

00:52 Greeting from Sara Thunmarker Telde, journalist

00:53 Sketch by comedian Liam Kalevi

00:54 Greeting from Linda-Marie Nilsson, influencer

00:55 Greeting from Trapptoner, healthcare workers at a cardiology unit in Jönköping

00:60 Cookbook author Jessica Frej prepares potato salad and grilled salmon

01:02 Amason returns for a final music performance

01:06 Greeting from Ali Mirazimi, adjunct professor of clinical virologi at Karolinska Institutet

01:07 The Cantores Sofiae choir sings ‘En vänlig grönska’

01:10 Greeting from Nicole Kavander, podcaster and co-founder of All of us

01:11 Live music session with José González

01:21 Greeting from Emma Örtlund, actress

01:22 Greeting from Jon Henrik Fjällgren, artist and reindeer herder

01:23 Comedian Liam Kalevi returns and talks about Swedes’ relation to herring

01:24 ‘Edible Country’ – a meal on the west coast

01:25 José González returns for a final music performance

01:29 Greeting from Krakel and Linn, a deer and her best friend

01:30 Greeting from Jonas Holmberg, artistic director at Göteborg Film Festival

01:31 Jonna Sundling, cross-country skier

01:32 Swedish football fans sing the National Anthem of Sweden

01:33 The end

Artists

Singer-songwriter José González, one of Sweden’s biggest stars with a billion plus streams on Spotify, performed from his summerhouse in Bohuslän on the Swedish west coast.  

José González performs 'Visions'

We joined Léon, an international music sensation with a truly unmistakeable voice, for a gig in a Stockholm studio with some serious ABBA heritage.

Léon sings 'You and I'

Amason, named best alternative pop act at the 2020 Swedish  Grammis music awards, performed from the legendary Ingrid studio in Stockholm. 

Amason performs 'Marry me just for fun'

Trapptoner all work at a hospital in Jönköping. Nurse Matilda Adolfsson and her doctor colleagues Jan Thollander and Sven Lagerberg spread love and hope with their beautiful and touching music on social media.

Trapptoner plays 'Sun is shining' – originally performed by Axwell and Ingrosso

Royalty and more

And the programme included lots more! Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess and Her Family sent a National Day greeting. Tiktok phenomenon and comedian Liam Kalevi dug deeper into why we actually celebrate our National Day. The Cullberg dance company showed a different reality in 'Cullberg working from home'.

Food for a feast

As if that wasn't enough, choirs made eyes tear and chefs made mouths water. Speaking of which, here are some lovely recipes for a festive meal, anytime.

A Spotify playlist – to add a Swedish touch to any party!