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Norway’s National Day 2016

May 17, 2016.  I don’t think Matthew and I will ever get tired of the celebrations surrounding Norway’s National Day.  It’s like the 4th of July on steroids.  The entire country dons traditional costumes and pours outdoors to wave flags, sing songs, join parades, and party the night away.  So when a conference in Chicago threatened to make us miss the festivities, we pulled some serious airport acrobatics to arrive back in Oslo on time.  Especially because, this year, we had the added incentive of an invitation to a traditional National Day party at a Norwegian friend’s house. Continue reading Norway’s National Day 2016

Norway’s National Day 2015

May 19, 2015.  Like the U.S., Norway has its own sort of Independence Day.  Known as Syttende Mai (17th May) or Nasjonaldagen (National Day), it commemorates the signing of Norway’s constitution in 1814 at the end of the Napoleonic War.  But in actuality, Norway didn’t become independent until 1905.  Yeah, it’s kinda complicated.  So here’s the short version of the story…. Continue reading Norway’s National Day 2015