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Southern Norway Grimstad GRIMSTAD

Norway’s national day in Grimstad


Experience Norway's national day in idyllic Grimstad!

17 May is celebrated in Norway. On this day, the Norwegians commemorate the signing of the constitution in 1814.

After an extensive 17 May breakfast, preferably with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and champagne, it's time to party on the street. There, the children are the main focus. In Grimstad, as everywhere in the country, the children's parade takes place in the morning. Thousands of people are waving flags and shouting "Hurra". Many Norwegians wear their "bunads" to honor this day, traditional Norwegian costumes. There are countless variations of this. Their colors and styles indicate which region you come from.

Nationalist? Maybe. But the non-military and generally cheerful atmosphere as well as the special position of the children at the celebrations ensure that the day becomes a fairly safe affair. The focus is on ice cream, of which as much as possible, hot dogs, speeches and games.

The program for 17 May in Grimstad:

07:00 Salute from Kirkeheia (at the church in Grimstad)
07:00 The 17 May Committee and the Grimstad brass band welcome the city.
09:30 Children's parade
11:00 Family service in the church in Grimstad.
12:00 Speech and wreath at the memorial on Kirkeheia
Local events
14:00 Graduation parade and speech
16:00 Concert on the Bietorvet square
17:00 Parade

  • Last Updated: 05/18/2020
  • Source: Grimstad Turistkontor

Mon, May 17, 2021

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