Norwegian national celebration heads indoors

By EVANGELINE BRYCE

Constitution Day celebrations have shifted online in Norway as COVID-19 continues to restrict Norwegians’ ability to gather at home and abroad.

Several Norwegian municipalities have organised live streams of the modified celebration events in order to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Norwegian Cultural Affairs Minister Abid Raja has coordinated a plan for the entire country to sing the national anthem at 1pm local time.

This comes after Norway recently eased the limits on public gatherings from five people to 20.

The Norwegian Government has released a timeline of restrictions to be lifted including the recent reopening of schools and sports facilities.

There has been a total of 8197 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Norway resulting in 232 deaths.

Rates of new cases have been falling since the peak in late March, with only 22 new cases recorded on May 15.

In Australia, coronavirus restrictions prompted the cancellation of the Norwegian Club of Queensland’s yearly May 17 celebratory lunch.

Norwegian Club of Queensland President Cecilie Næss says that Norwegians living in Australia should instead participate by singing the national anthem at the same time as Norway at 9pm AEST.

For more on this, see ‘Patriotism lives despite pandemic

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