Norway’s Constitution Day!


Sponsored by Sons of Norway’s Grieg Lodge at its historic Norse Hall.

Doors open on Tuesday, May 17th, at 4:00 pm (as does the Oslo Lounge), and this is an excellent opportunity to introduce your friends and neighbors to the rich and unique Norwegian culture.

THE DA VINCI ARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND: Performing outside from 5 pm, with a rally at 6 pm — an opportunity for all to cheer for 17. Mai and sing “Ja, vi elsker.” Inside there will be assorted children’s activities, such as Robotics and crafts.

Socialize, enjoy ethnic food in our dining room, and shop for Nordic treasures and flags in our Landhandel.

MENU: Open-faced shrimp sandwiches, rolls with Gjetost or Jarlsberg cheese; carmelized onions, surkål and pølse with lompe or bun; rømmegrøt; verdens beste kake and almond pastry; beverages and soda — including Norwegian Solo — all available for purchase in the Bergen Waterfront Dining Room. Free hot dogs, bottled water and ice cream for children 10 years old and under

All held in the Grand Ballroom starting at 6:30 pm. Some highlights: the Scandinavian Chorus and other musicians, speakers and Leikarringen; and last but not least, dancing for all to the folk tunes of Fossegrimen starting at 7:30 pm.

EVERYONE IS MOST WELCOME!  Alle er hjertelig velkommen!

As in Norway, national costumes and festive attire are encouraged—Vi sees i bunader og 17. Mai stas!
The Story of 17. Mai – Norway’s Constitution Day – Syttende Mai
At the beginning of 1814, Norway was a separate kingdom united with Denmark under King Frederik VI. Because he was involved in war on the side of Napoleon, the Allied Nations forced Frederik to cede Norway to Sweden by the Treaty of Kiel, January 14, 1814. Led by Crown Prince Christian Frederik, the Norwegians refused to be handed over to Sweden and her Crown Prince, Carl Johan. Declaring to be an independent country, a Constituent Assembly met at Eidsvoll from April10 until it completed a constitution signed on the 17th of May. Christian Frederik was elected king. Failing to get support from Britain, Norway engaged Sweden in a brief, but futile war, which ended on August 14, with the Convention of Moss.
Allowed to retain her Constitution, with some modifications, Norway joined Sweden in a personal union until 1905 when she became a fully independent nation with her own king, Haakon VII. His son, Olav V, reigned until January 1991, when the third monarch of modern Norway, King Harald V, ascended to the throne of a free and independent country.
When Norwegians emigrated, they brought with them their love for the Constitution and the traditions of May 17. Celebrated around the world, the day marks a commemoration of independence, freedom and the second oldest written constitution in the world.