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Norwegians “Cheated” Out of National Holiday

BY JAMES J. S. JOHNSON, J.D., TH.D. * | SUNDAY, MAY 1  | Published on 5/26/2020

For many patriotic souls in Norway, May 17 this year will be a day of dampened disappointment—worse than raining on a parade. Why? Because there will be no parade on a patriotic holiday that is more than a century old.1 May 17 marks the day in 1814 that Norwegians proclaimed their independence as a nation after centuries of domination by other kingdoms.7 What July 4 is to America, May 17 (called Syttende mai) is to Norway. But that wonderful celebration has been largely canceled.

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