Constitution gets historic overhaul

Artwork by depicting the congress at Eidsvold in 1814, where the Norwegian Constitution, Grunnloven, was first drawn up. This week Parliament made the most comprehensive changes in the document's history, adding a number of human rights provisions ahead of the Constitution's 200th anniversary on Saturday. PHOTO: Stortinget/Teigens fotoatelier

The Norwegian Parliament introduced a raft of amendments to the Constitution (Grunnloven) this week in the historic document’s most comprehensive revision since it was first adopted 200 years ago. A number of proposals strengthening human rights were adopted in the run-up to the document’s bicentennial celebrations on Saturday, the country’s Constitution Day holiday on the […]

Constitution set for modernization

The Norwegian Constitution, called Grunnloven, was drawn up in 1814. This year's 17th of May National Day celebrations will mark its 200th anniversary. After much debate, politicians have finally agreed on the best way to modernize the archaic text of the bokmål version, and will also introduce a version in Norway's other official language, nynorsk. PHOTO: Stortinget

After much debate, the three biggest Norwegian political parties reached an agreement on Monday over how they would breath new life into the Constitution (Grunnloven) ahead of its 200th anniversary next weekend. The proposal would see a modernization of the Constitution’s language, which is currently written in an archaic version of the bokmål dialect, and another […]

Swedish royals snub anniversary

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The Swedish king and queen have reportedly declined an invitation to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Norway’s constitution, grunnloven. The document announcing Norway’s freedom and independence was signed on May 17, 1814, just after Norway had been taken from Denmark and awarded to Sweden following the Napoleonic Wars. Both the Danish and Swedish royals had […]

Mental health and education key

Norwegian Conservative (Høyre) Prime Minister Erna Solberg delivers her first annual new year's day address. Her themes included mental health, workplace opportunities, education, and the 200 year anniversary of Norway's constitution. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/NRK screen grab

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has delivered her first annual New Year’s Day address, focusing on the themes of mental health, education, and the constitution’s upcoming 200th anniversary. Solberg promised the government will improve services for people struggling with mental illness, but said it’s also up to employers to support those trying to re-enter […]

Eyes on love, feet on constitution

King Harald of Norway address the nation in his annual new year's eve speech. He spoke of the love that guides people, and the constitution that serves as the compass for the nation. The Norwegian constitution celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2014. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/NRK screen grab

King Harald of Norway used his annual New Year’s Eve speech to draw parallels between the love that gives us personal direction and value as human beings, and the Norwegian constitution which steers the country and enshrines rights and freedoms. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of Grunnloven, Norway’s constitution. “I think no one can live […]

Surprise discoveries halt restoration

The manor house in Eidsvoll has a rich history, and is being restored in time for bicentennial festivities in 2012. PHOTO: Oslo Museum / Eyvind Botolfsen / digitaltmuseum.no

Restoration work on the historic manor house in Eidsvoll where Norway’s constitution was developed and signed in 1814 has come to a halt, following unexpected archaeological discoveries in the building’s cellar. The discoveries are said to be of great cultural and historic value. The stately old home known as Eidsvollsbygningen has been undergoing restoration in […]

Revised constitution to boost equality

Norway's parliament (Storting) has begun the process of ensuring human rights in the country's constitution, which will celebrate its bicentennial in 2014. PHOTO: Views and News

Norway is in the process of revising its constitution (grunnlov) in advance of its bicentennial in 2014. The goal is to strengthen constitutional provisions for human rights, but at least one local politician sees the revision as an opportunity to tackle racism, anti-semitism and discrimination in Norwegian society. Heikki Holmås of the Socialist Left party […]