When is Constitution Day?
How long until Constitution Day ?
|This holiday next takes place in 16 Days.|
Dates of Constitution Day
|Constitution Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849|
This holiday is always celebrated on 5 June.
While Constitution Day is not a national public holiday, government offices, banks and educational establishments are closed and most shops are closed by law.
Private companies can decide whether to give employees a holiday and in some cases, this may be a half day holiday. We would still recommend avoiding any meetings with colleagues or clients from Denmark on this day.
History of Constitution Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know?
The United States bought the Virgin Islands, part of the West Indies, from Denmark in 1917.
Denmark can claim the oldest monarchy in Europe. Queen Magrethe II can trace her direct lineage back to the 10th century.
The Great Dane breed of dog originally came from Germany and not from Denmark.
The flag of Denmark is the oldest still in use today. According to legend, the flag came into Danish possession during the Battle of Lyndanisse in 1219.
The Bluetooth on your phone gets its name from the second king of Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth.