Danish queen unveils new statue

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, in Oslo this weekend to take part in Norway’s bicentennial celebrations, said it was generous of the Norwegian government to commission a statue of one of her own ancestors who played a major role in the events of 1814. “I’m very aware that Christian Frederik was controversial,” the queen told newspaper […]

Eidsvoll rap video wins rave reviews

After a wild weekend of bicentennial partying, a group of Norwegian elementary school students have left a lasting impression. Led by young rapper Johanne Holmedahl, they’ve been raking in rave reviews for their unconventional take on the historical process that created Norway’s constitution. Even those who can’t understand Norwegian are likely to find their energetic […]

‘Hipp hipp hurra,’ at least 200 times

PHOTO FEATURE: Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang was among all the Norwegians who turned out in huge numbers on Saturday to celebrate their constitution’s bicentennial. Stang wanted to make sure the city government members’ “hurrahs” were loud enough as they led off the parade in the capital. In addition to being mayor, Stang headed Oslo’s 17th […]

Oslo basked in a spectacular 17th

Sunshine and clear blue skies provided perfect conditions for the hundreds of thousands of people who filled the streets of the Norwegian capital on Saturday for the country’s bicentennial celebration on the 17th of May. Some clouds rolled in later in the day, but the important morning ceremonies and parties could unfold in a manner […]

Most immigrants embrace ’17.mai’

Norwegians and “new Norwegians” alike marched side-by-side again in parades Saturday on what the locals call “17.mai,” the Constitution Day holiday on the 17th of May. It’s the one day of the year when many immigrants actually feel included in Norwegian society, a surprising discovery in a new study that researchers link to a “17th of […]

Greetings on a special May 17th

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! We’ll spend most of the day on the […]

Support soars for the monarchy

NEWS ANALYSIS: Fully 82 percent of Norwegians support their royal family and their constitutional monarchy as a form of government, according to a new public opinion poll. The high level of popularity has even surprised royal experts, and shows that recent efforts to stir up debate over the monarchy as a form of government have […]

Bicentennial fever grips Norway

Thousands of Norwegians gathered in front of Norway’s festively decorated Parliament Building on Thursday to kick off public celebrations of their constitution’s 200th anniversary. Inside, the royal family joined in singing as a festival of bicentennial parties started rolling through the country. It was no coincidence that an elegantly dressed choir up in the Parliament’s […]

Celebrations let the people eat cake

PARTY PICTURES: Norway’s party of the century got underway on Thursday with marching bands, royal pomp, a special session of Parliament and top government ministers serving cake to the people. See more photos of the day’s festivities in this special bicentennial feature. The reason for all the partying, which will continue for the next several […]

Flag fight waves over ‘human zoo’

A “human zoo” art project tied to Norway’s bicentennial celebrations has enjoyed international publicity because of the controversy it’s stirred. It opened on Thursday to even more conflict, after Belgium’s ambassador to Norway demanded that the artists behind it stop waving his country’s flag at its entrance. The outdoor project set up in Oslo’s sprawling […]