Norway adopted its constitution on may 16 1814 and it was signed on may 17 1814 proceeded by nearly 400 years of danish rule the norwegian parliament known as stortinget held the first may 17 celebrations in 1836 and since it has been regarded as norways national day.
The constitution of norway was passed unanimously by the eidsvoll assembly on 16 may 1814 and signed the next day the celebrations began spontaneously amongst students and others from early on but as norway was in a union with sweden king karl johan of sweden and norway banned the festivities between 1820 and 1829.
Norwegian constitution day is the national day of norway and is an official public holiday observed on may 17 each year among norwegians the day is referred to simply as syttende mai lit seventeenth may nasjonaldagen the national day or grunnlovsdagen the constitution day although the latter is less frequent.
Which is a bit confusing for foreigners but kind of makes sense as this is the anniversary of norways constitution which was signed at eidsvoll on may 17th 1814 the national assembly at eidsvoll 1814.
Span classnews_dtmay 18 2017spannbsp018332the 17th of may is a huge national day in norway thats their constitution day all of the streets in town are crowded with people who celebrate this important day.
The 17th of may was established as a national day in 1814 as the constitution of norway was signed in eidsvoll declaring norway as an independent nation however norway was under swedish rule at that time and the swedes believed that the celebration was a provocation against sweden and the royal family.
Norwegians are the only people in scandinavia who really go in for national pageantry and may 17th is the day they pull out all the stops syttende mai as its known in the local vernacular is far and away the biggest street party norway has all.
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