Greetings on a special May 17th

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We got up early here in Oslo today, as Norway woke up to the 200th anniversary of its constitution on the 17th of May this year. It’s also the 5th anniversary of this website, launched on Norway’s national day in 2009, so that’s another reason to celebrate!

The flags were up once again on Saturday, as they always are in Oslo on the 17th of May. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

The flags were up once again on Saturday, as they always are in Oslo on the 17th of May. The sun was coming out, too. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

We’ll spend most of the day on the streets of Oslo, though, to bring you the photos and buzz from a national capital geared for patriotic tributes and festivities all day long. Flags, which aren’t supposed to be  officially hoisted until 8am, are already flying from city buses, trams and taxis as they carry folks to memorial events due to start all over the country. It’s a special 17th of May because of the bicentennial – see our earlier coverage here.

We’ll make the rounds of local wreath-layings, speeches, the big parade up to the palace and more as we soak up the atmosphere and send it on to you.

Meanwhile, we’d like to say tusen hjertelig takk for clicking in to NewsInEnglish.no over the past five years, especially to those of you who have subscribed. As the men who signed the constitution claimed back in 1814, we aim to stay around “until the mountains of Dovre fall!” And as the Norwegians still say, Gratulerer med Dagen! Happy 17th of May!

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund