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Christmas

In Sweden, 24 December is the highlight of Christmas. Schoolchildren are on holiday, as well as most parents. After enjoying the abundant Christmas smorgasbord, everyone is waiting for that special knock on the door, which means that that Santa Claus has finally arrived with the presents.

Opening hours at the Protocol Department during the Christmas holidays

The Protocol Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be closed during the following days: Christmas Eve (24 December), Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year's Eve (31 December), New Year's Day (1 January) and Epiphany (6 January). On the Eve of Epiphany (5 January) the working hours are 8.00-12.00.

On other working days the Protocol Department will be open during ordinary working hours (8.00-16.30). However, between 22 December and 2 January the working staff will be reduced. The staff will return to ordinary schedules from Wednesday 7 January.

The Protocol Department would like to wish the Diplomatic Corps in Stockholm a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year 2014.

New Year's greetings to the Royal Family

For those of the Diplomatic Corps wishing to convey their New Year's greetings to the Royal Family, lists will be available in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace (entrance from the Southern Archway) on New Year's Day, 1 January 2015, between 12.00 and 15.00.

Lucia

The annual Lucia celebration, which takes place on December 13th, is perhaps one of the most awaited cultural traditions during the holiday season. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. Tradition has it that Lucia is to wear 'light in her hair', which in practice means a crown of candles in a wreath on her head and girls and boys clad in white full-length gowns singing songs together in the early morning.

The Nobel Week

The 2014 Nobel Laureates have now arrived in Stockholm for a week filled with activities, culminating in the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet on 10 December. During the Nobel Week all the Laureates will give a Nobel Lecture on the discovery or the achievements for which they have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The Nobel Lectures are open to the general public and free of charge. They will also be available on the official web site of the Nobel Prize.

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