Facts about Constitution Day

Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday on May 17. In Norway, the day is called 'syttende mai' (meaning Seventeenth

To mark the day, here are 12 interesting facts about Norway Constitution Day.

Norway introduced salmon sushi to Japan. Salmon wasn't used in sushi in Japan until it was suggested by a Norwegian delegation in the 1980s. Norway introduced salmon sushi to Japan. Salmon wasn't used in sushi in Japan until it was suggested by a Norwegian delegation in the 1980s. Norway Constitution Day Facts

Allemannsretten, which translates to "every man’s right" is the law of the land. It allows anyone to camp anywhere in Norway at any time, for up to three days. You are even allowed to camp on private property, as long as you are not close to buildings or agricultural fields. Norway Constitution Day Facts

Norway's most famous artist, Edvard Munch painted four versions of his Scream painting. One of which was stolen in 1994 and again in 2004. Norway Constitution Day Facts

At 24.5 km (15.3 miles) long, The Lærdal Tunnel is the world's longest road tunnel. Norway Constitution Day Facts

Since 1864, May 17 has also been Children's Day in Norway, with a tradition that on the day, children can eat as much ice cream as they want! Norway Constitution Day Facts

Norway is the most successful nation in the world at the Winter Olympics and it is one of just three countries (the other two being Austria and Liechtenstein) who have won more medals at the Winter Games than at the Summer Games. Norway Constitution Day Facts

Norwegians are said to spend more time reading than any other nation. At Easter, there is a tradition to read crime thrillers. Norway Constitution Day Facts

Oslo is the third most northerly capital city of an independent country, with only Reykjavik, Iceland, and Helsinki, Finland being closer to the North Pole. Oslo is the third most northerly capital city of an independent country, with only Reykjavik, Iceland, and Helsinki, Finland being closer to the North Pole. Norway Constitution Day Facts

The first polar bear in Britain arrived in the 13th century as a gift from King Haakon IV of Norway to Henry III. Henry kept it at the Tower of London and let it swim on the end of a rope in the Thames. Nowadays the more practical gift from Norway to Britain is the Christmas Tree that is erected at Trafalgar Square each year. Norway Constitution Day Facts

Norway can boast the most impressive collection of waterfalls in Europe, with the six highest waterfalls in of Europe all in Norway. The highest waterfall, Vinnufossen is 2,820 feet (860 meters) tall and is the sixth highest in the world. Norway Constitution Day Facts

There are over 4.5 million people of Norwegian ancestry in the United States today. The population of Norway is 5.2 million. Norway Constitution Day Facts

There is a town in Norway called Hell and it freezes over every winter. Norway Constitution Day Facts
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