How to Best Celebrate Norway’s National Day (wherever you are)

How to Best Celebrate Norway’s National Day (wherever you are)
How to Best Celebrate Norway’s National Day (wherever you are)
2023-05-09 07:27:00

How to Best Celebrate Norway’s National Day (wherever you are)

The 17th of May is a day filled with celebration and pride for Norwegians all over the world. From parades to traditional foods, this special day is one that is looked forward to each year.

As we approach the occasion, it's time to start thinking about how we can make the most of it. Whether you're hosting a party or simply looking for some festive products to add to your home decor, there are plenty of amazing options available that will help you celebrate in style!

In this article, we'll highlight some of the best products out there that will help you make the most of Norway's National Day – so get ready to feel inspired!

How to Best Celebrate Norway’s National Day (wherever you are)

Just like in the US, where the national day is referred to simply as the 4th of July, Norway’s National Day is best known as the 17th of May amongst Norwegians.

It is a day filled with pride, joy and festivities. This special day marks the signing of Norway's own constitution in 1814 and celebrates the country's independence.

As Norwegians prepare to celebrate their national holiday, there are several products that can make the day even more memorable.

If you are a Norwegian-American hoping to mark the special day across the pond in the US, or you are celebrating in Norway, here are some of the best products and our best tips to help you celebrate the 17th of May!

#1 Norwegian Flag Items

What better way to show your patriotism than by displaying a Norwegian flag? Whether you're waving it at a parade or hanging it outside your home, the red, white and blue colors will definitely turn heads.

In Norway, those who do not wear a bunad (the Norwegian national costume), will often have a Norwegian flag pin (like this one) on their suit or dress to celebrate the day.

#2 Baked Goods and Food

No celebration is complete without delicious food, and if you are hosting a 17th of May party, there are a few items you cannot miss.

On this day, Norwegians indulge in traditional baked goods like kransekake (almond cake rings) decorated with Norwegian flags, traditional heart-shaped waffles with sour cream and jam, lots of ice cream, and hot dogs wrapped in lompe (a soft potato flatbread).

#3 The Norwegian Bunad

The bunad is Norway's traditional costume worn on special occasions like weddings, confirmations and national holidays. And the 17th of May is a day where you will see men and women in national costumes all around the country.

There are lots of different types of bunads, as they are each unique for the region they hail from. Norwegians wear them on the 17th of May in order to show your love for our country and honoring its cultural heritage.

On Memories from Norway, we actually have several kinds of Bunad jewellery available – from earrings and pendants to broches. If you want to add something special to your outfit, consider one of these!

#4 Decorating at Home

If you are hosting a 17th of May party, you may want to think about decorating your house for the occasion.

The beautiful Bunad blankets from Fram Oslo are all inspired by different Norwegian national costumes, making them the perfect décor for the Norwegian national day (and just to show Norwegian pride for the rest of the year).

For your 17th of May breakfast, make sure to use these fun egg holders “wearing” bunads, to even further mark the occasion.

#5 Aquavit

Last but not least, if you can get your hands on Aquavit, it’s the perfect toast to the occasion.

This traditional Scandinavian alcoholic drink made from potatoes or grain is often enjoyed during festive occasions in Norway, including Christmas and the Norwegian National Day celebrations – perfect for an outdoor toast with family or friends!


In conclusion, Norway's National Day on the 17th of May is a celebration like no other.

It is a day that brings together Norwegians from all corners of the world to celebrate their rich culture and heritage.

From traditional costumes and parades to delicious cuisine and festive decorations, this day truly showcases the best of Norway. And for those looking to bring a piece of Norway into their own homes, there are plenty of products available that reflect the beauty and charm of this wonderful country.

Overall, the 17th of May is a day filled with joy, pride, and unity – something that we can all appreciate and enjoy regardless of where we come from.

How did you celebrate this year? Please tell us in the comments!

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