Syttende mai (Constitution Day)

The 17th of May marks the day in 1814 when a group of delegates in Eidsvoll, Akershus, Norway, approved a constitution that declared Norway to be an independent country after nearly 400 years of Danish rule. Despite the fact that Norway remained under Swedish rule for the next 91 years, the constitution adopted in May 1814 still stands and is the oldest European constitution still in force.

So I would like to congratulate our Norwegian cousins as they celebrate today with parades and festivities. And this evening we also will raise a glass of Norwegian aquavit in salute to Grunnloven undertegnet på Eidsvoll 17. mai 1814.

The video is of the traditional “show-off” dance of Hallingdal in Buskerud, Norway. If you view it, please be patient enough to watch the dance itself. And I recommend viewing it in full screen.

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