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Bicentenary Sitting of the Storting

The Storting (Norwegian parliament) will be holding its Bicentenary Sitting in the Storting Chamber on Thursday 15 May from 12:00 to 13:00.

The Storting has developed a tradition of holding a formal sitting shortly before 17 May in anniversary years as part of the celebrations of the Norwegian Constitution. Similar sittings were held in 1964 and 1989.

The Storting is also organising a public event on Thursday 15 May as part of the celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution.

The programmes for both events focus on the development of democracy in Norway over the past 200 years. Other themes are the importance of the Constitution both historically and today, the fundamental values of the Constitution, Nordic fellowship and 200 years of peace in the Nordic region.

Programme for the Bicentenary Sitting of the Storting, 15 May 12:00–13:00


• The Royal Family arrive, all rise
• Royal anthem
All/Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces/choir (Guldbergs akademiske kor)
• The anthem ‘Norges Skaal’ (Norway’s Toast)
Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, wind quintet
• Address by President of the Storting Olemic Thommessen
• ‘Vårvise’ / ‘Kjærlighetsbrev fra Danmark til Norge’ / ‘I Noreg er eg fødd’
Herborg Kråkevik, vocals, with the string quartet Quartetto testosterone and Bent Rune Stray, guitar
• Address by Speaker of the Folketing (Danish parliament) Mogens Lykketoft
• ‘1000 solsikker’ (1000 sunflowers)
Sarah Camille, vocals, with Lius Baruch, cajón and Alejandro Gispert, double bass
• Address by Speaker of the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) Per Westerberg
• ‘Griper etter stjerner’ (‘Grasping for the stars’)
Aida Frantzen, vocals, and Julian Karlsson, guitar
• Norges Storthing – reading of texts by the poet and playwright Henrik Wergeland
Read by Jakob Oftebro
• Norway’s official song to mark the Bicentenary of the Constitution, ‘Det går et festtog gjennom landet’ (‘A procession passes through the land’)
All/Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces/choir (Guldbergs akademiske kor)
• ‘Ja, vi elsker’ (Norwegian national anthem)
All/Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces/choir (Guldbergs akademiske kor)

There will also be activities organised by voluntary groups both before and after the formal sitting. Members of the Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association, dressed in traditional costumes, will line the approach to the main entrance to the Storting (‘Løvebakken’) when the royal guests arrive. There will also be a display of traditional costumes at the public event after the Bicentenary Sitting.

The sitting will be broadcast live to the public on a big screen in Eidsvolls plass, prior to the public event outside the Storting.

The Norwegian Royal family and the speakers of the Danish and Swedish parliaments will be present at the Bicentenary Sitting as official guests. The Storting organised a competition for schools, where classes could write their own new Constitution, and the winning class has also been invited to the Bicentenary Sitting.

The City of Oslo, in cooperation with the Palace, the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities and the Storting have invited all the country’s mayors to Oslo on 14 and 15 May. They have been invited to watch the Bicentenary Sitting on the big screen in Eidsvolls plass, and will take part in the public event afterwards.

Everyone is welcome to Eidsvolls plass to watch the Bicentenary Sitting on the big screen from 12:00.

Press contact for the Bicentenary Sitting of the Storting

Jorunn Nilsen
Tel: + 47 23 31 30 16
Mobile: + 47 938 98 200
Email: jorunn.nilsen@stortinget.no

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