Yet another quiet May 17 for Norway

COVID-19 rules stay in place for Constitution Day

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A lone boy walks Oslo’s Karl Johans Gate in the absence of the traditional May 17 children’s parade during the restricted celebrations of 2020.

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Coronavirus restrictions will be in place on Norway’s national day on May 17 for the second year running, the government has made clear.

The announcement was made by Minister of Culture Abid Q. Raja at a government press conference.

“I stand here again to say that the pandemic will mark the celebration of our national day this year as well,” Raja said.

“Remember that not gathering is to show your care for those you love, for the environment, and for society,” he added.

National measures will apply, unless there are stricter local measures in place.

“Places with high infection rates may have to follow local recommendation and stricter rules than national rules. In these areas, the stricter set of rules will apply,” Raja said.

On May 17, many Norwegians like to meet friends and family, celebrate, and throw  parties.

Normally, marching bands and parades are also a big part of the day and everyone dresses up in their national costumes, their colorful bunads.

Last year, all parades and public gatherings were canceled, with events streamed digitally instead.

Assistant health director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Espen Nakstad, said some celebrations can still go ahead.

This article originally appeared in the May 7, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.

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