National day on May 17th

mai 15, 2012 by nina       Posted under: Activities

May 17th is our national day, so you should really go out and see the city that day! This is the most celebrated day of the whole year where we celebrate the signing of the Norwegian constitution from 1814! On May 17th all norwegians go out in the streets to celebrate.

The children will be walking in parades from ca. 10-13 around in the city. 112 schools will be participating in the parade in the city center from Akershus fortress – Torgata – Youngstorget – Stortorvet – and the last stop: the Norwegian Castle where the royal family greets the parade from the palace balcony. (You can try to sneak in to the train and wave to the royal family.)

And you can also check out the norwegian “russ” (graduates from secondary school who have been celebrating since the end of April) from ca. 15-17 in the afternoon at Youngstorget.


We all have several things we usually do this day so here is a checklist for you guys to try out:

- Start around 9 o’clock

- Eat salmon and eggs for breakfast with some water or wine – whichever you prefer:)

- Dress up

- Go outside an check out the children’s parade

- Buy a Norwegian flag and wave it:)

- eat a “wienerpølse i brød” (a sausage/hotdog in bread or potato cake)

- Eat an ice cream

- See the “russ” parade/arrangement

- Say “Hipp hipp hurray”!!

- …and this year, make sure to bring a raincoat because they say it will rain!


We hope you will enjoy the day as much as we will! “Hipp hipp hurra!”