138/366 17th of May: Norway’s National Day

Yesterday was the 17th of May and Norway’s National Day, or Constitution Day. The constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on the 17th of May in 1814. It declared Norway to be an independent nation, and marked the end of Danish rule over Norway. Norway then ended up in a union with Sweden, and only got it’s real independence in 1905. You can read more about the history of the constitution and the National Day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_Constitution_Day .

My picture from yesterday is taken out from the car with the phone, and edited with Instagram. We spent some hours driving to my in-laws and had to stop now and then waiting for the children’s and citizen’s parade. In Norway the National Day is mostly a day for children who can eat all the hot dogs and ice cream they want on this day. I’m not sure many wanted ice creams yesterday, since it was pouring down the entire day. At least in the region we drove through. This parade passed us in Oppdal, a mountain town south in the TrΓΈndelag county.

Here’s a picture of what the day looks like in Oslo. Photo by Jonas Aarre Sommarset (http://ndla.no/nb/node/54139):


29 thoughts on “138/366 17th of May: Norway’s National Day

    1. Thanks, well yes it can be really colorful, also in other cities and towns in the country. And no, luckily it does not always rain on the parade, that would be a bit depressing .. πŸ˜‰

    1. The second one is from the capital Olo some years back, and not a photo of mine (as I stated in the text) but yes it usually looks like this in Oslo. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Joanna. The first one is my shot, and I knew you would like it. the second one I wish I had taken, but it’s not mine (as you can see from the text). It is taken some years back.

    1. Thanks. I had a nice day, but it was raining where I was and we spent quite a few hours in the car. The last photo is from the capital Oslo and taken by another photographer some years back. πŸ™‚

  1. I love your “rain” photo! Such a wonderful and colorful day.

    And ice cream calls, no matter the weather, especially when you are a child! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I checked out your blog and subscribed to it. Beautiful photos from the 17th in Oslo. πŸ™‚ My nick on Instagram is plinga77.

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