Bunad silver sales soar

This week’s 17th of May holiday has revealed another indication that the Norwegian economy isn’t doing as poorly as some might like to think. Sales of the decorative and expensive silver and even gold jewelry that adorns the traditional Norwegian costumes known as the bunad are soaring, along with sales of the garments themselves. “We’ve […]

Refugees joined in 17th of May celebrations

Not only did many refugees from Afghanistan and Syria join in Tuesday’s 17th of May celebrations for the first time, they also helped in preparations for the holiday. They joined volunteers from the Red Cross and the state refugee service (Flyktningtjenesten) in taking part in a city clean-up operation late last week. “There’s a lot […]

Kirkenes still eager to shout ‘hurra’

KIRKENES: Few cities in Norway have faced as many challenges over the past year as this far northern enclave close to the Russian border. Just months after suddenly needing to shelter thousands of refugees streaming over that border, and after suffering the bankruptcy of a major employer and other economic calamity, the citizens of Kirkenes and Sør-Varanger […]

Sights and sounds of the 17th of May

SEE THE VIDEO: The 17th of May in Norway’s northern city of Kirkenes offered some refreshing differences from the country’s larger celebrations in cities like Oslo or Bergen. Its children’s parade marched through residential areas instead of the city center, for example, and it was extra colourful with all the Sami celebrants wearing their formal […]

Celebrations, Kirkenes-style

PHOTO FEATURE: Local celebrations of Norway’s Constitution Day on the 17th of May have a lot in common, but they also feature regional variations. Here are some of the highlights of Tuesday’s celebration in the far northern city of Kirkenes, where people were brought into town by the busload to take part in the first of […]

‘Gratulerer’ on the 17th of May!

Norway’s national day started out with booming salutes and flags from the far north, like here in a window facing the Russian border, to traditional early morning ceremonies in the south. The greetings were the same: Gratulerer med dagen! Literally, congratulations with the day! Norwegians take their Constitution Day celebrations very seriously, dressing up in their finest […]

No one scared by armed police on parade route

Sunday marked the first time that Norwegian police carried weapons during national day celebrations on the 17th of May, but only politicians who’d complained about the arming seemed disturbed. No negative reaction came from the public at large. “We haven’t had any negative feedback, neither from the public nor police officers themselves,” Vidar Pedersen of the […]

Horses led parade: See what happened

SEE THE VIDEO: Mounted police in dress uniform led Norway’s Constitution Day parade on the 17th of May in Oslo on Sunday. Behind them were tens of thousands of children and their teachers from 106 schools in the Norwegian capital, all dressed up for the annual parade on Norway’s national day. Here’s what happened after the horses were […]

‘Hipp, hipp hurrah’ as the party began

PHOTO FEATURE: The 17th of May in Norway is an unabashed display of patriotism, pride and pure joy by young and old alike who simply seem to love their country. Political squabbling is set aside on the country’s national day and children are in focus, as they march through villages, towns and cities nationwide. Here’s […]

Ceremonial start to the 17th of May

SEE THE VIDEO: “They fought, they fell, they gave us everything.” It doesn’t rhyme in English, but an early morning ceremony on Norway’s national day on Sunday, the 17th of May, hailed the fallen heroes who helped win back the country’s freedom 70 years ago this spring. The ceremony at the Akershus Fortress and Castle in […]