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Celebrating the Constitution

Bente Haarstad Photography

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Today Norway is celebrating our Constitution, signed on 17 May 1814. It was at the time considered to be one of the most liberal and radically democratic constitutions in the world. Today it is the second oldest national constitution in Europe, after the Constitution of Poland (1791), still in continuous force. 17 May have been our Nation Day since then. These two photos are from a monument at Dovrefjell. This mountain is in the soul of the nation, and it has inspired musicians and artist for centuries, like Grieg and his Dovregubbens hallTheplaquereads:Agreeand faithDovrefalls. Mottoin 1814, andstill is today. I hope. We are a small country and I hope this consensusandcommunity willpersistin the future, as I think the feeling of unity and influence is important for every country.

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