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Tune in to NRK for six hours of celebrations


You don’t have to be in Norway to follow along with the Syttende Mai fun in the country of honor! If you have a break from your local celebrations, consider tuning in to NRK for coverage straight from Norway.

NRK will air six hours of live coverage altogether, featuring the royal family, children’s parades, and celebrations all around the country. The program—led by NRK’s Marte Stokstad for the first time—starts at 7:50 a.m. Norway time and includes coverage of the parades in Trondheim, Ålesund, Kongsberg, Dovre, Bergen, Toten, Kongsvinger, Bykle, Stavanger, and of course Oslo.

The entire children’s parade in Oslo will be broadcasted from Slottsplassen starting at 10:25 a.m., and Pål Hovengen Plassen will commentate as the parade passes the castle and greets the royal family on the balcony. Silje Reiten Nordnes will also cover some of the children’s parade and celebrations on Karl Johans gate.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, NRK’s Syttende Mai program will also share the best party tips from talk show host Per Sundnes, a bit of Norwegian history from the historian Marlen Ferrer, and the story of the hot dog—a Syttende Mai necessity—from the cook Tommy Østhagen.

At 7:30 p.m., NRK will reflect on the best of the year’s celebrations. If you’re urging for more, you can also go back and watch the celebrations of previous years, as far back as 1972.

For minute-by-minute updates and pictures from around the world, consider following the celebrations on social media; search for #17mai and #17mai2015 on Instagram and Twitter.

Visit to watch NRK’s Syttende Mai Program.

Need help with the time difference? Norway is six hours ahead of Eastern Time, seven ahead of Central Time, eight ahead of Mountain Time, and nine ahead of Pacific Time.

This article originally appeared in the May 8, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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