Today Norway is celebrating our Constitution, signed on 17 May 1814. It was at the time considered to be one of the most liberal and radically democratic constitutions in the world. Today it is the second oldest national constitution in Europe, after the Constitution of Poland (1791), still in continuous force. 17 May have been our Nation Day since then. These two photos are from a monument at Dovrefjell. This mountain is in the soul of the nation, and it has inspired musicians and artist for centuries, like Grieg and his Dovregubbens hall. The plaque reads: Agree and faith Dovre falls. Motto in 1814, and still is to day. I hope. We are a small country and I hope this consensus and community will persist in the future, as I think the feeling of unity and influence is important for every country.
There are no military parades in Norway on our National Day. Instead we have childrens parades and school bands, in the cities and in every small community. Now I have to join the celebrations. Have a nice 17 May! Here link to a photo gallery with some old photos from our National Day.