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How to 17.Mai like a Norwegian
17th of May what?
17th of May is the National Day of Norway and celebrates the day Norway got its own constitution, in 1814. It is a day where Norwegians parade around wearing woollen dresses and wave flags whilst eating hot dogs and ice cream.
Why is it such a big deal?
From early 1400s to 1814, Norway was in a union with Denmark where the Danes had most of the say (this period is often referred to as the 400-year night in Norway). In 1814, following the loss of the Napoleon war (King of Denmark was allied with Napoleon) Norway was taken from Denmark and gifted to Sweden. This union lasted until 1905.
In other words, Norway is a historically young country and the national day is celebrated greatly across the country. It’s a big deal – and Norwegians are generally very patriotic.
So.. How do I celebrate it?
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Gratulerer med dagen!
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