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Gratulerer med 17. mai! Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Holidays, Politics, Traditions

17. mai-tale (May 17 th. speech) in action. Former Norwegian PM shared his words of wisdom with Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan on May 17th 2010. (Image courtesy of Statsministerens kontor – The Prime Minister’s Office – at Flickr, CC License.)

17. mai-tale (May 17 th. speech) in action. Former Norwegian PM sharing his words of wisdom with Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan on May 17th 2010. (Image courtesy of Statsministerens kontor – The Prime Minister’s Office – at Flickr, CC License.)

Kjære faste lesere, kjære tilfeldige internettsurfere,vi er samlet her på denne bloggen for å feire den norske grunnloven. Den 17. mai 1814 ble 112 menn i Eidsvoll enige om de lovene som et fritt og selvstendig Norge skulle bygge på. Idealene deres var frihet, likhet og brorskap, og ikke minst kjærlighet til fedrelandet.

Hvert år feirer nordmenn over hele verden denne dagen med norske flagg, bunader og allsang. 17. mai er barnas dag. Glade barn og voksne går i tog gjennom norske bygder og byer. Korpsene spiller, og russen lager liv i bakgrunnen. I Oslo kommer kongefamilien ut på slottsbalkongen for å vinke til barnetoget.

Her på Transparent Languages norskblogg er et 17 mai.-innlegg en fast tradisjon. Trofaste lesere har fått vite det meste om denne særnorske festdagen. Derfor tenkte jeg at det var på tide å presentere dere for en annen typisk 17. mai-tradisjon: 17. mai-talen. Lykke til med studiene, og takk for at dere kikket innom!

Gratulerer med dagen!

Dear regular readers, dear random Internet surfers,we are gathered here on this blog to celebrate the Norwegian constitution. May 17th 1814, 112 men at Eidsvoll agreed on those laws that a free and independent Norway should be built upon. Their ideals were liberty, equality and brotherhood, and, not least, love for the homeland.

Each year Norwegians all over the world are celebrating this day with Norwegian flags, bunader (Norwegian national costumes) and community singing. May 17th is the children’s day. Happy children and adults march in processions through Norwegian towns and cities. The bands are playing and the ”russ” (the 18- or 19-year-olds about to ”free” themselves from secondary schooling) are enlivening [the day] in the background. In Oslo the Royal Family enters the castle balcony to wave to the children procession.

Here at Transparent Language’s Norwegian blog a May 17th post is a regular custom. Loyal readers have got to know most things about this uniquely Norwegian festive day. That’s why I thought it was due time to introduce you to another typical May 17th tradition: the May 17th speech. Good luck with your studies, and thanks for dropping by!

”Congratulations with the day!” (The typical greeting between Norwegians on this day.)

Thanks to Cecilie Bakkelid for the inspiration!

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About the Author:Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.