Två glada flickor sitter i en skottkärra med EHD-ballonger som lyfter mot skyn.
European Heritage Days / Kulturarvsdagen i Sverige Foto: (CC BY)

European Heritage Days

Each year, throughout the month of September, Heritage Days are arranged all around Europe as a part of the Council of Europe and the European Commission’s  joint Programme – European Heritage Days.

The European Heritage Days is co-organised by the European Union and the Council of Europe, which launched the action in 1985. It is among the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events in Europe.

The various European Heritage DaysEvents attract thousands of visitors from all over Europe each year, with the intention of contributing towards creating a better understanding and more interest for cultural heritage and cultural environments. Organisations, companies and individuals are all welcome to participate in, or organise, local events during the Heritage Days, which has a new theme each year.

In Sweden the event it is called ”Kulturarvsdagen” and always takes place on the second weekend of September. Cultural environments, cultural landscapes and culturally historic places of interest will be shown all over the country on that day – and the history around these will be told. The Swedish National Heritage Board is the national coordinator, and coordinates the event in Sweden in collaboration with Sweden’s Local Heritage Federation and the Working Life Museums Co-operation Council.

European Heritage Days in Sweden in 2023: 8–10th of September.

The overall shared theme for the European Heritage Days in 2023 is ”Living Heritage“. Why not join and discover what the theme presents in Sweden at this year’s event, Friday to Sunday, 8 to 10 of September?

Or participate yourself. Everyone who wishes to, is welcome to suggest activities related to the theme.

Do you want to visit an event?

Take a look at what is happening near you! All the activities and events in Sweden are presented here on our Cultural Heritage Day website. From June onwards you will find all the activities in Sweden presented by province beneath the heading ”Besök Kulturarvsdagens arrangemang” (Visit Kulturarvsdagen).

For activities in other countries – go to:

Want to arrange an event?

Anyone who can organise a public activity that is linked to the specific theme is welcome to participate throughout the day. It is open for applications for participating with local events. Please find more information on the Application page (in Swedish only).