Happy 17th of May!

Today is Norway’s National Day!

The Norwegian Constitution was signed in 17 May 1814. The celebration of the national day, officially referred to as Constitution Day, is a party like no other in Norway.

Children’s parades take place across the country, and led by marching bands they walk through their communities. The largest of the traditional parades attracts tens of thousands of people waving flags and shouting «hurra!». In Oslo, the parade is greeted by the royal family waving to the crowd.

17th of May celebrations in Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, the date was celebrated with a reception at the official residence hosted by Consul General Sissel Hodne Steen in the evening of the 16th, followed by a Norwegian breakfast and business seminar hosted by the Consulate General and the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

The topic chosen for the seminar was “Adapting to a changing O&G industry”, and the event had Jorge Camargo as main speaker, and he could share his experience as president of the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels, knows as IBP, and as former country president of Statoil do Brasil.

17th of May: The history in brief

The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll the 17th of May in 1814, but at the time Norway was in a union with Sweden, and for a few years in the 1820s king Karl Johan of Sweden actually banned the celebrations. The 17th of May became a larger event when Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (the writer of the national anthem, «Ja, vi elsker dette landet») took initiative to a children’s parade in the capital of Oslo (then: Christiania) in the 1860s.

Only boys were allowed in the parade until 1899, when the authorities at last came to their senses. The dissolution of the Sweden-Norway union happened in 1905, and the day got a whole new significance when the Second world war ended in the 8th of May 1945 – just before the national day. Needless to say, the celebrations had a really special atmosphere that year …

Read more about 17th of May happenings in different parts of Norway on Visit Norway’s webpage. And a big hurra for Norway! 🇳🇴🇳🇴

Innovation Norway is responsible for promoting the Norwegian industry abroad. Our office in Rio de Janeiro manages Innovation House Rio, our business incubator office, and helps Norwegian companies in their efforts towards the Brazilian market.

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