Norwegian Constitution Day through the years

Snapshots from the past

1961: The children’s parade passes by the royal palace to greet King Olav.

1961: May 17 is also a day to celebrate the Norwegian-American friendship.

1969: It’s flags, flags, and more flags on Norway’s Constitution Day!

1970: Crown Princess Sonja and Crown Prince Harald greet the day.

1974: Come blow your horn—it’s time to celebrate Syttende Mai!

1975: The 17th of May is “Barnas dag” and has always been a day for children to come out and celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day.

1975: Barnetoget—the children’s parade—is in full march on Karl Johans gate in Oslo in the largest Syttende Mai celebration in all of Norway. Hipp hipp hurra for 17. mai!


This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of The Norwegian American.

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