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Holidays & Observances in Norway

Norway celebrates numerous holidays throughout the year, ranging from religious observances to festive local traditions. Norway is a Baltic country in Northeastern Europe. It is one of the richest countries in the world, and its people enjoy a high standard of living. Today, the population is mostly Christian, but before Christianity came to Norway the people adhered to ancient Norse mythology, which is no longer practiced, but has had a huge effect on Norway’s unique culture. Norwegians hold tightly to tradition, which can be seen especially in their celebrations of holidays and festivals.

Festivals are a large part of the Norwegian lifestyle, with a strong influence of food and jazz music celebrations. The Rakfisk Festival, which takes place on the first Saturday of each year in November in Fagernes, brings people together to appreciate the fine taste of fermented trout. Oslo, the capital of Norway, hosts several jazz festivals throughout the year, like Ultima or Dølajazz. These festivals attract attention from locals as well as tourists worldwide, uniting people through food and music. Traditional dance and music is often an important part of the holiday celebrations, and people wear a traditional costume known as a bunad which is reserved for special occasions.

Travelers visiting Norway in November can attend the popular Rakfisk Festival in Fagernes, or enjoy a jazz festival or two in Oslo. Aside from festivals, travelers may also experience traditional holidays by way of the locals, as Advent occasionally begins in November and celebrations are large and nationwide.

 

Country Observances

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Advent Advent - Second Sunday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Advent Advent - Third Sunday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Advent Advent - Fourth Sunday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
New Year's New Year's Eve Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
New Year's New Year’s Day (Første nyttårsdag) National, Federal, Bank, Public
Birthday of a Leader Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
The Saami People’s Day (Samefolkets dag) Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Mothers' Day Mother's Day (Morsdag) Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Valentine's Day Valentine’s Day (Valentinsdagen) Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Birthday of a Leader King Harold V’s Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Good Friday Good Friday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter National, Federal, Bank, Public
Easter Monday Easter Monday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Labor Day (Labour Day) Labor Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Liberation Day Liberation Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Constitution Day May Constitution Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Ascension Day Ascension Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Whit Sunday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Whit (Pentecost) Monday Whit Monday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Dissolution of Union with Sweden Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Saint John's Day - Midsummer's Day Midsummer Eve Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Saint John's Day - Midsummer's Day St. John's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Birthday of a Leader Queen Sonja's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Birthday of a Leader Crown Prince Haakon's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
St. Olaf’s Day (Olsok) Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Birthday of a Leader Crown Princess Mette-Marit's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Father's Day Father's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Advent Advent - First Sunday National, Federal, Bank, Public
Advent Advent - Second Sunday National, Federal, Bank, Public