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Visitors to Oslo on the Norwegian Constitution Day

Constitution Day is the national day of Norway and is an official public holiday.

On Constitution Day we commemorate the signing of the constitution on the 17th of May 1814. The most important part of the celebration is the children's parade, Barnetoget. The parade in Oslo includes over 110 schools led by brass bands.

The parade attracts a large crowd and most of the city center will be closed for traffic. We advise everyone to travel by foot or public transport.

Most shops and offices are closed, except for cafés and restaurants.

Where to watch the parade

Visitors are not allowed to join the parade but you are more than welcome to join the celebration. 

You need a ticket to watch the parade at the square in front of the Royal Palace. The tickets are free, but limited, and will be available from 15th of February. Get free tickets for the parade passing the Royal Palace.

You do not need a ticket to watch the parade from outside the fences on the square.

Programme

  • 10:00 am: The children's parade starts at Akershus Fortress. The route is as follows: Kirkegata - Karl Johans gate, Stortinget -The Royal Palace, Henrik Ibsens gate –Munkedamsveien. The parade ends by the City Hall. See the map of the children's parade.
  • 10.30 am: The parade arrives at the Royal Palace where they are greeted by the Royal Family.
  • 3.30 pm: Free outdoor concert at Akershus Fortress. ISÁK, Oslo Symphony Orchestra and young talents from Foss, Edvard Munch, Hartvig Nissens high schools and Oslo kulturskole are among the contributors on stage.
  • See the full programme here.