Video: Earlier cheers on the 17th of May

SEE THE VIDEO: Country, colours, ceremony and cheer – that’s what Norway’s Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May are usually all about. Everything is different this year, because of the Corona crisis, so we put together a look at earlier celebrations that also show why the 17th of May is so important, and […]

A ‘different’ May 17th remained festive

SEE THE PHOTOS: This year’s celebration of Norway’s annual Constitution Day holiday on the 17th of May will go down in history for its cancelled parades, scaled-down ceremonies and Corona virus-induced social distancing. It remained festive in the capital, though, as Norwegians made the best of a difficult situation. Spirits were definitely raised when the […]

Royals went on display after all

After weeks of announcements that the royal family wouldn’t be waving to the masses as usual on the 17th of May, King Harald V and some of his closest family members made an appearance anyway. Then they set off on a surprise drive around Oslo in open vintage cars, including a swing through the grounds of […]

Secrets swirled around the 17th

UPDATED: Norway’s most important holiday of the year was heading into the history books as Norwegians prepared for their strangest 17th of May ever. No one even knew where King Harald V would be spending the Corona-hit holiday that celebrates Norway’s constitution and independence, as events were kept secret to keep crowds from gathering. With […]

Corona closed the Liberation jubilee

The 75th anniversary of Norway’s Liberation Day on Friday was supposed to be a major public celebration, where war veterans would be honoured as well. Ceremonies instead had to be scaled back and closed to the public, because of the Corona virus crisis that has served as a reminder of just how fragile freedom and […]

May 1st appeals marched online

Norwegians were celebrating the equivalent of one of their strangest but arguably most creative May 1st Labour Day holidays ever on Friday. With traditional rallies and parades cancelled by the Corona virus threat, workers united online instead and labour leaders delivered digital appeals. The May Day holiday is often ignored by conservatives but cherished by […]

Storm slams into Lofoten

Another powerful late-winter storm was causing all kinds of trouble in Nordland County and especially Vesterålen and the Lofoten archipelago on Wednesday, where strong winds overturned trucks and cars, closed bridges, cancelled ferries and left thousands without power. The Easter holidays were not getting off to a good start Wednesday afternoon, especially for a large […]

Royals send some encouraging words

King Harald V and Queen Sonja dressed themselves in casual outdoor clothing and sat outside their timber lodge in the hills above Oslo to send highly unusual greetings to Norwegians Friday afternoon, as they all embarked on highly unusual Easter holidays in the middle of the Corona crisis. Armed with a thermos full of gløgg […]

Virus shoots down Liberation jubilee

The canons at Akershus in Oslo and other fortresses around Norway will be fired, but the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Norway in 1945 will otherwise be quietly observed on May 8th. It’s yet another major event spoiled by the Corona virus crisis. “Liberation Day on the 8th of May in 1945 is one […]

Porsgrunn first to cancel 17th of May

Norway’s southern city of Porsgrunn became the first on Thursday to cancel its annual and festive Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. More may follow, as the Corona virus crisis that’s shut down most of the country also threatens to spoil Norwegians’ most cherished day of the year. “We felt like we didn’t […]