The government decided today on the proposal that 15 September 2023 should be a temporary public flag day. This is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne.
On September 15 this year, King Carl XVI Gustaf has been Sweden’s head of state for 50 years. He is thus Sweden’s longest-reigning monarch of all time. It is an event with a connection to the country’s constitutional history that is significant for Sweden as a nation.
– The King’s efforts for Sweden during these first 50 years on the throne have been very significant for our country. The government wants to draw attention to that. Therefore, the government is proposing today that 15 September 2023 be celebrated as public flag day, says Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.
This year, on June 6, it is also 500 years since Gustav Vasa was elected king at a national meeting in Strängnäs, the Kalmar Union was dissolved and Sweden became an independent state again.
The government therefore proposes that the Riksdag should approve that the 50th anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne should be a temporary public flag day. If the Riksdag approves the proposal, the government will decide on an amendment to the regulation (1982:279) on public flag days with that meaning.