Are all Norwegians patriots or nationalists? It’s the first impression if you have ever visited Norway on the 17th of May, the constitution day of Norway! Here we reveal the program of the day. How you can celebrate this amazing day from early morning to late night in Oslo or other Norwegian cities.

Royal House on the constitution day

Public holiday for everyone

It’s a day off – as it’s not a working day. The day starts early, with kids parades. All schools and all classes around the country participate and have their own parades, continued by visits to the local church and later on ice cream serving and BBQ’ing with hot dogs and hamburgers.

Everything is dedicated to the kids! In Oslo, the royal family is winking to all the schools arriving outside of the castle. Yes, Norway is a strong monarchy, and most people love the king, queen, and the rest of their family. Probably no other monarchy has such a satisfied population!


Here you can listen to the National anthem of Norway, including subtitles… “Ja vi elsker dette landet”, or “Yes, we love this country…” Norwegians can’t say that enough!

17.May is all about traditions…

The rest of the day is a bit more chilled. Afternoon the (last year of college) students (named “Russ”) have their own parade, they are quite drunk and noisy, driving in their red or blue buses in the streets. As it’s a family day, most families are together on this day having traditional dinner… And if they don’t work the next day, it could be a wet night out in the city…

All the streets are decorated with plenty of flags on the constitution day
All the streets are decorated with plenty of flags on the constitution day

Loving their own country, their flag and decorate it with the Norwegian colors…

It is normal to be proud of 17. May, of the country, winking with Norwegian flags, and decorate in the official flag colors, red, blue and white, and sing the 100-year old national anthem, “Ja vi elsker dette landet” (Yes, we love this country!) and say “Congratulations with the day!” to everybody! Most people look happy although Norwegians are not known for shouting or showing happiness as much as other people…

It seems to be only one rule: You should smile and show love to your country! And yes, the Norwegians do it for their own purpose – there isn’t a dictator here, so people celebrate it by their free will… That’s actually one of the main factors – Norway is a free place to stay and to do what you want!

Mostly every house and balconies are decorated with flags as well on the constitution day
Mostly every house and balconies are decorated with flags as well on the constitution day

Today is Norway’s patriot day, the great official flag day!
Look out for flags everywhere, balloons, and fireworks at night! Probably the only day the Norwegian loves to celebrate. Even the foreign people in Norway participate in the public party, winking with the Norwegian flag and wear beautiful clothes… It’s not only a day for native Norwegians, but for everybody that loves Norway as a free country, a democracy, where you can do what you want with your life!

Today is Norway’s patriot day, the great official flag day!

The only day the Norwegians celebrate anything

Norwegians are not known to be a party nation, and the rest of the year (17.May until 24. December there are no RED public festive days at all! The Norwegians don’t celebrate anything! The rest of the year the Norwegians stay mostly at home on public holidays, including Christmas and Easter.

The climate could be one of the reasons for Norwegians staying mostly home. Who wants to go out in the cold weather? 17. May is often marked as the beginning of summer, although the weather in Norway is still quite unstable… It has happened that snow has appeared even in Oslo on the 17.May! The weather forecast for 17. May 2015 isn’t the best: It may be rain and 10 degrees in the capital, while the second biggest city Bergen will have more rain than Oslo…

It looks like the Northern parts of Norway will get the best weather this year! Weather talk is very important for the Norwegians, as the summer is very short and can be a huge disappointment. Temperatures of 20-25 degrees aren’t granted even in July and August, that’s also one of the reasons why many Norwegians prefer to have some weeks in Southern Europe during their summer vacations.

flag day
The Norwegian constitution day is a flag day

A great difference between the Norwegians and Swedish constitution day

While the Norwegians celebrate the constitution day massively, the Swedish people don’t celebrate their constitution day at all. It was made a public day off just 4 years ago, and people prefer to stay at home and work in their gardens, as not being taken for nationalists. They prefer to celebrate other days instead, like Valborg (end of April) and Midtsommar 24. June). Many Swedish people have commented it: -We are not nationalists! We haven’t the need to celebrate our country with flags and parades!

Today is Norway’s patriot day, the great official flag day! Being a patriot? Or a nationalist? Or just show their love to the country? Does it make any sense?