In Pictures: Norway’s National Day: 17th May Parade

Text and Photos by Ka Man Mak

Norway’s National day, also known as Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the Norwegian constitution in Eidsvoll in 1814. It is the second oldest written constitution in the world.

One of the biggest highlights of this day is the children’s parade, Barnetoget, literally translated as children train. This year, a new record of 30 000 children from 130 schools joined the parade marching down Karl Johan Street and up towards the palace led by brass bands and dancers. On the side of the streets are people of all backgrounds and ages, chanting “Hipp hipp hurra!” This year is particularly special for many as the pandemic restrictions are lifted and the celebration can be done in full spirit.

Here are photos to recap moments of the parade.

Ka Man Mak

Ka Man is an investigative journalist, documentary photographer, and social entrepreneur, as well as the founder of The Oslo Desk. She is a British-born Hong Konger residing in Oslo, Norway. She holds a Master in Environmental Geoscience and have taken numerous diplomas including child psychology, and a course in big data analytics at OsloMet. Made numerous publications in newsletters, magazines and Norwegian newspapers. Interested in edtech, constructive journalism, women in migration, Cantonese language, alternatives to capitalism and asylum policy.