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Somaliland Sovereignty Day
Somalia

Somaliland Sovereignty Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Somalia

While not recognised by any other country of the world, the Red Sea coastal area of Somalia now claims to be the independent republic of Somaliland. And it functions independently too, while having obtained special “autonomous” status within the state of Somalia. This status has been enjoyed since July of 2007, but independence was declared on 18 May, 1991, which is why 18 May is Somaliland Sovereignty Day.

YearDateDayHoliday
202118 MayTueSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MayWedSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
202218 MayWedSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MayThuSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
202318 MayThuSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MayFriSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
202418 MaySatSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MaySunSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Note: Somaliland Sovereignty Day is observed in Somaliland only.

In Somaliland’s capital city of Hargeisa, 18 May is a big celebration. It represents the fruits of the sacrifice of many years of struggle and warfare. After British Somaliland became independent in 1960, it willingly joined up with the former Italian Somaliland to form modern Somalia. But when an independence movement developed in former British Somaliland, it led to the Somalian Civil War between 1988 and 1991. The war ceased, and Somaliland officially declared its independence. Sixteen years later, limited autonomy was acknowledged by the central government of Somalia.

Certain parts of traditional Somaliland are not under current Somaliland’s actual control, however. Maakhir province has declared independence separately, while Sool province is controlled by Puntland. And Awdal province has threatened to secede also if Somaliland actually gains full independence in the future.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202018 MayMonSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MayTueSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
201918 MaySatSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MaySunSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
201818 MayFriSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MaySatSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *
201718 MayThuSomaliland Sovereignty Day *
19 MayFriSomaliland Sovereignty Day Holiday *