The citizens of Norway today celebrated the country’s Constitution Day
Norway’s Constitution Day is celebrated on May 17 and it commemorates the date when the nation’s constitution was signed on May 17, 1814.
Norway’s Constitution Day celebrations are usually celebrated by traditional pattern of parades involving schools, high school graduates, bands, and other members and organizations within the local community. Norwegian usually dress in their finest clothes on this special day.
Norway’s Constitution Day is a public holiday where schools, public offices and businesses are closed.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent her best wishes to the people of Norway as they celebrate their Constitution Day.
She says Norway and the United States have enjoyed a longstanding friendship based on shared democratic values.
Both countries are working together to solve some of the biggest challenges around the world.
From helping to build a stable and secure Afghanistan, to addressing global health issues and increasing cooperation in the Arctic, the world is safer and more prosperous because of our efforts, Ms. Clinton added.
“As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States sends our deepest congratulations and best wishes for a year of peace, prosperity and happiness.” -Ms. Clinton
The United States and Norway have a long tradition of positive relations. The friendly relationship between two countries was reinforced when King Harald V of Norway hosted the visit of U.S. President Bill Clinton in November 1999, the first visit to Norway by a U.S. President in Office.
Both countries are expanding on the success of NATO in securing transatlantic security and helping the Baltic nations to find their place in the new Europe.
In June 2011, twin terrorist attacks in Norway have killed more than 90 people, including many young people, and left numerous others injured.
At least 85 people died at Utoya after a lone gunman opened fire yesterday afternoon on participants in a youth camp connected to the ruling Labour Party, according to media reports.
That attack followed a large bomb blast in central Oslo, close to key Government buildings, which killed another seven people. Norwegian police have reportedly said that the attacks are linked.