Constitution Day in Denmark in 2020

Constitution Day in Denmark in 2020
  How long until Constitution Day?
This holiday next takes place in 320 days.
  Dates of Constitution Day in Denmark
2021Denmark Sat, Jun 5Government Holiday
2020Denmark Fri, Jun 5Government Holiday
2019Denmark Wed, Jun 5Government Holiday
2018Denmark Tue, Jun 5Government Holiday
2017Denmark Mon, Jun 5Government Holiday
Constitution Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849
  Local name
  Constitution Day in other countries
Constitution Day internationally

When is Constitution Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on 5th 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.

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.

Father's Day

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?

Did you know?

Three facts about Constitution Day

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.

Lego comes from Denmark. The name is an abbreviation of two Danish words leg godt, meaning "play well."

In Denmark, it is illegal to publicly burn or desecrate the flags of foreign countries, but it is legal to burn or desecrate the national flag, the Dannebrog.

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