National Day Oslo in Norway

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Music band in Oslo

National Day in Oslo Norway

On May 17, Norwegians celebrate the existence of their state with Constitution Day. We are in Oslo, Norway's capital, for the 200th anniversary of National Day. We are very fortunate to be able to see part of the celebrations. However, since our time in Oslo is limited and we also want to see a bit of the city and its surroundings, we don't spend this day at Castle Square, where for example Gerhard Liebenberger from also sees the royal familywaving to their people. Instead, we mingle with the people on the town hall square.


National costumes predominate on National Day at the Town Hall Square in Oslo
National costumes predominate on National Day in Oslo


Celebratory mood on National Day in Oslo

That's interesting: already at 8:00 in the morning, while we were still having breakfast in our hotel, the Park Inn by Radisson in the city center * sitting, we see more and more people walking past the hotel in national costume or elegant festive attire in the direction of the port. This is where some of the groups participating in the parade meet. This will pass the royal palace from 10:00 a.m. Some carry heavy musical instruments under their arms, others have their entire families in tow, with even the smallest ones out and about in fine twine or pretty national costumes.


The whole city is on its way to the parade
The whole city is on its way to the National Day Parade in Oslo


The National Day Parade in Oslo: children in the spotlight

While such National Day parades in other countries often serve to showcase the country's military, for Norwegians it's the children who play the leading role. They are the ones who - accompanied by numerous music bands - roam the streets of Oslo for hours to celebrate the existence of their country. And they do it with admirable persistence and fervor. A very likeable way of celebrating the existence of a country.


The children's parade - this is how the national holiday is celebrated in Norway
The children's parade – this is how Norway celebrates the national day in Oslo


A colorful parade: children from all regions of the world

We noticed that the children seem to come from all regions of the world. In addition to Scandinavian blonde boys and girls, we saw a striking number of children who obviously come from other countries. All of them carried the Norwegian flag around town with beaming smiles, and their proud parents either led them by the hand in the parade or accompanied them on the sidelines with equal pride. It is just as natural that blind or disabled children take part in this parade. They, too, enthusiastically wave the national flag of their country.


Blind and disabled children also participate in the parade in Oslo
Blind and disabled children also take part in the National Day parade in Oslo


An open and friendly people: Norway celebrates its future

Experiencing the National Day parade in Oslo shows us a very open, tolerant and friendly people who proudly celebrate the existence of their country, themselves and above all the future that lies in their children. What a perfect way to see a country for the first time. Norway and Oslo took us by storm. We will definitely come back to learn more about its people, their way of life and customs.

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National Day Oslo in Norway

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn