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 […]

Ratings soared with popular professor

Frank Aarebrot, a highly popular professor at the University of Bergen, managed to lure more than 200,000 TV viewers in Norway away from the country’s most-watched Friday night shows on state broadcaster NRK’s main channel last week. The viewers, who included a lot of well-known personalities, were keen to instead watch an unusual program in […]

‘Sins’ lurk behind bicentennial party

As Norway launches a year of festivities to mark the bicentennial of its constitution, two authors are reminding Norwegians that their constitutional history has many dark chapters as well. In a new book charting “shameful” issues and events since the constitution was approved in 1814, they maintain that Norwegians are “still sinning,” while others are […]

Bicentennial festivities begin

Norway officially kicked off the bicentennial celebrations of its Constitution (Grunnloven) on Sunday, 200 years to the day that a group of 21 men gathered in a wealthy businessman’s home in Eidsvoll, north of Oslo. The decisions made at that meeting on February 16, 1814 led to the drafting of a Norwegian Constitution that was […]