Happy “syttende mai”

Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 18:32 | Posted in History | 1 Comment

“Syttende mai” is Norwegian for the date of today 17th May. The Norwegian constitution was adopted on 17th May 1814 in Eidsvoll and the date is celebrated as the Norwegian national day.

I wrote an article about the historical background and my personal experience on celebrating the event for six years ago (in Swedish here). Please note that the comment links in my old site no longer work so if you want to post a comment, please do so here at the blog.

I wish a happy “syttende mai” to everybody who knows what it means, especially to somebody in Stavanger and Oslo. :-.)


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  1. I appreciate this very much, Larko. As a parent it is one of the toughest days of the year, maneuvring trough traffic jams, ice cream begging and all the jamborees the kids have to attend.
    But at the same time the idea is brilliant: Use the National Day to celebrate freedom and children, not freedom and the army… and a fine way to finish of the day here in Stavanger is to attend the free intercultural concert with artists from all continents.
    So, after all, a great day in Stavanger in spite of the hard word ūüėČ

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