Norwegian Holidays

Constitution Day in Oslo

Norway loves it’s holidays! Government agencies, banks, and many of the businesses will be closed on official holidays.

Date Holiday Comments
January 1 New Year Official Holiday
Wednesday Before Easter Holy Wednesday Businesses typically open
Thursday Before Easter Maundy Thursday Official Holiday
Friday Before Easter Good Friday Official Holiday
Varies Easter Sunday Official Holiday
Day after Easter Easter Monday Official Holiday
May 1 May Day/Labor Day Official Holiday, Festival of Workers & Flowers
Thursday, 40 Days after Easter Ascension Day Official Holiday
May 17 Constitution Day Official Holiday
50 Days after Easter Whit (Pentacost) Monday Official Holiday
December 24 Christmas Eve Businesses tend to close early
December 25 Christmas Day Official Holiday
December 26 Boxing Day Official Holiday
December 31 New Year’s Eve Official Holiday

Flag days outnumber holidays, but business are generally open. They are defined by constitution and require observance by government agencies.

There are also special occasions, like Mother’s Day or Midsommer’s Eve, that fill the calendar.

As if all that were not enough, every day of the year is a Name Day. More on that later!

Please comment with your thoughts or memories of holidays in Norway!
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  2. Carol Maren Bjerke

    I really enjoyed the information about the Norwegian Prayer and it brought back wonderful and deeply felt memories. I’m so grateful I have the original Norwegian prayer in needlepoint. My sister made it and I cherish it. Thank you!

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