Meanwhile in Norway | 17. mai

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

May 17th is the Norwegian national day

 Everyone is happy in Norway that day

They go in the train in "Bunad",

In their long dresses,

Or wearing their nicest suit

Today it is ok to wear a tie

Actually it is the only day in the year

A man in Norway will feel naked without a tie

Norwegians wave flags today

In ways that only Americans can compete with


Today you are allowed to do everything

Everything you do not allow yourself to do the rest of the year

Drink Champagne from the early morning

Talk loudly, scream and dance

Show the emotions that are trapped deep inside

Meet your friends you haven't seen since New Year's Eve

Today you are allowed to compliment Norwegians without a reason

Especially if they are wearing a Bunad

The 17. mai is a wonderful day in Norway

If you haven't experienced it yet

Come to Norway

And meet all these beautiful Norwegians in Bunad

You won't want to leave again


To all of you Norwegians

Have a wonderful 17. mai!

- Julien 


Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway 



By Julien S. Bourrelle

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