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Constitution Day in Denmark

Holidays in Denmark A national holiday in Denmark

Holidays in Denmark

When is Consitution Day?

How long until Constitution Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 292 Days.
Dates of Constitution Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Wednesday June 5th
2018 Tuesday June 5th
2017 Monday June 5th
2016 Sunday June 5th
2015 Friday June 5th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Grundlovsdag
Summary
Constitution Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849

This holiday is always celebrated on 5 June.

Constitution Day (Danish: Grundlovsdag) commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849 by Frederik the VII, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy.

History of Constitution Day

From 1660 until 1849 Denmark had been an absolute monarchy.

The day has added significance as women were given the vote on 5 June 1915.

It additionally honours the constitution of 1953, which was adopted on the same day.

Almost all workplaces and shops in Denmark will be closed on this particular day.

Traditions on this day include enjoying the early summer weather while listening to political speeches on the state of the government.

While it is the closest day to a national day for the Danish, the day is not widely used to celebrate the constitution as is seen in other countries, for example Norway.

Did you know?

This day is also Father's Day in Denmark, a tradition adopted by the Danish in 1935, but did you know that a PR failure in 1949 meant it isn't celebrated on the same day as the rest of Scandanavia? Read more.


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