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17 May celebrations in Stavanger

In Short

  • We are looking forward to a traditional Constitution Day celebration this year. 

Information in other languages

Den gamle brannbilen i gamle Stavanger.

How to participate in our 17 May Constitution Day celebrations

17 May («syttende mai») is Norway´s Constitution Day. On 17 May 1814, Norway´s constitution was signed in Eidsvoll and each year this anniversary gives us all a chance to celebrate that we live in a free and democratic country.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration of syttende mai. It is a day of fun, community, flags and parades. This is also a day to celebrate Norway´s cultural diversity and we are glad that we can celebrate together with many other nations. There are people representing over 170 different nationalities in Stavanger.

We hope that this information will make it easier for those of you from other cultures to participate and experience this great day for our country.

Helpful information

Dress code: On syttende mai we dress up in our best clothes. Many Norwegians wear the national costume called bunad. It is common to pin ribbons of red, white and blue, the colours of the Norwegian flag, on your left chest-area.

Check the weather report and be prepared to bring along a raincoat, a warm jacket or an umbrella. The parades always go, rain or shine.

Flag: Get hold of a small Norwegian flag that you can keep with you during the day. Norwegians usually wave the flag and say HURRA!

Key phrase: «Gratulerer med dagen» means literally «Congratulations with the day!» Respond with «Gratulerer med dagen». We may greet those we meet with these words and a smile, even if we do not know them.

Public holiday: All shops and public offices are closed on 17 May  but many restaurants and bars will be open in the city centre on this day.

Driving: Try not to use your car in the city centre because many streets will be closed off due to the parades. Take the bus, cycle or walk. Plan your travels in advance. Everybody is outside celebrating on this day.

Watching the parades: Find a place along the parade routes. See maps online or in the 17 May booklet. You may greet people in the parade by shouting HURRA or HIPP, HIPP HURRA! and waving your flag.

Russ: The city centre will be full of youth wearing red and blue costumes. These are russ, final year high school graduates who have been up all night celebrating.

The main program

10:00 Barnetoget, the main Children's Parade starts from the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel by lake Breiavatnet

10:00 Children's Parades in several of Stavanger´s neighbourhoods

After the parades, many primary schools offer celebrations with food sales, games, speeches and live music

11:30 Church service at St. Petri church

12:45 Borgertoget (Citizens' Parade) from the cathedral to the concert hall. Everyone is welcome to take part in the parade

13:00 Celebration outside Stavanger concert hall with food sales, speeches, live music and other cultural elements

13:15 The russ have their own parade from Stavanger Stadium along Eiganesveien to the city centre.

16:00 Folketoget (People's Parade) starts from the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel by lake Breiavatnet

Folketoget is the final community event. Normally it finishes by 18:00. People often have private events like barbecues and social gatherings after the parade.

Barnetoget, the main Children's Parade


The route: 

  1. Politiet
  2. Brannbilen
  3. Flaggborgen v/ speiderne
  4. Jernbanens musikkorps (70 års jubilant)
  5. 17. mai komiteen
  6. Utvalg for oppvekst og utdanning
  7. The British International School of Stavanger
  8. Johannes læringssenter
  9. Tasta skole (170 års jubilant)
  10. Tasta skolekorps
  11. Byfjord skole
  12. Tastaveden skole (60 års jubilant)
  13. Vardenes skole
  14. Vardenes skole korps
  15. Tastarustå skole
  16. Teinå skole
  17. International School of Stavanger m/ korps
  18. Auglend skole (60 års jubilant)
  19. Auglend og Tjensvoll skolekorps
  20. Tjensvoll skole
  21. Ullandhaug skole
  22. KF-skolen (10 års jubilant)
  23. Wang Ung
  24. Revheim skole
  25. Buøy skoles musikkorps
  26. Roaldsøy musikkorps
  27. Buøy skole
  28. Roaldsøy skole
  29. Kampen skolekorps
  30. Kampen skole
  31. Kannik skole
  32. Lassa skole
  33. Eiganes skolekorps
  34. Eiganes skole
  35. Stavanger Kristne grunnskole
  36. Stavanger musikkorps 1919
  37. St. Svithun videregående skole
  38. St. Olav videregående skole
  39. Steinerskolen
  40. Stavanger katedralskole
  41. Nylund skolekorps
  42. Nylund skole
  43. St. Svithun skole
  44. Storhaug skolekorps
  45. Storhaug skole
  46. Våland skolekorps
  47. Våland skole
  48. Kvaleberg skolekorps
  49. Kvaleberg skole
  50. Kristianslyst skole

Folketoget (People's Parade)

Starts from the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel at 16:00. 


  1. Brannkorpset
  2. Flaggborgen v/ speiderne
  3. Jernbanens musikkorps, 70 års jubilant 
  4. 17. mai komiteen
  5. Kommunestyret, ungdommens kommunestyre og kommunedelsutvalgene
  6. Norgesmestrene Stavanger Oilers, Oilers kvinner elite sammen med det ukrainske laget Sdyshor2007
  7. Ishockeyklubben Stavanger, 10 årsjubilant 
  8. Madlamark skolekorps
  9. Brodd fotball, 110 årsjubilant 
  10. Forus og Gausel IL, 40 årsjubilant 
  11. Hundvåg Cheerleading IL, 20 årsjubilant 
  12. Straen gymnastikk og turnforening, 10 årsjubilant
  13. Skeiv ungdom Rogaland
  14. Stavanger musikkorps 1919
  15. Natteravnene i Stavanger sentrum
  16. Indian Tamils Association
  17. Maharashtra Mandal Stavanger, 10 årsjubilant 
  18. Stavanger stupe club
  19. Frelsesarmeen
  20. Stavanger tennisklubb
  21. Ukrainsk forening i Rogaland
  22. Stavanger Seilforening
  23. Song og spelkorlaget av 8. mars og søn
  24. Madla IL
  25. Stavanger Basketballklubb
  26. Stavanger Røde Kors
  27. Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn
  28. Stavanger Judoklubb
  29. The Redeemed Christian Church of God Dayspring Stavanger
  30. Stavanger Lotteforening
  31. Tromlingane
  32. Speidere i Stavanger
  33. Norsk Folkehjelp Stavanger
  34. Indian Society of Rogaland
  35. Stavanger Turnforening
  36. Stavanger Janitsjar med Rogaland Trommelom
  37. Stavanger svømmeklubb
  38. Mannskoret Canentes Sus Barbatus
  39. Hafrsfjord Sykkelklubb
  40. Stavanger Kulturskole
  41. Alba og Mirakkels orkester
  42. Stavanger kunstløpklubb
  43. Stavanger Sykleklubb
  1. Stavanger IF håndball
  2. Stavanger IF fotball
  3. Stavanger Blues Club, 25 års jubilant 
  4. Thai Buddhist forening i Rogaland
  5. Litauisk forening i Rogaland
  6. ConocoPhillips Janitsjar
  7. Stavanger vannpolo klubb
  8. Showakademiet
  9. Hundvåg IL/Hundvåg håndball
  10. Stavanger Drill
  11. Pol idrettslag
  12. Stavanger Cheersport Klubb
  13. FC Show / Siddis Sportsklubb
  14. Fotballklubben Vidar
  15. Tasta og Tastavarden HK
  16. Vardenes BK
  17. Nord-Jæren Sportsdanseklubb
  18. Caritas Stavanger – Au pair senter
  19. Tasta KFUK-KFUM speiderne
  20. Stavanger Brass Band
  21. Stavanger Rugbyklubb
  22. Sportsklubben Jarl
  23. DE voksne af Roaldsøy
  24. Stavanger IF fotball
  25. Follies Barne og ungdomsteater
  26. Siddis Trim og Turnforening
  27. Hinna Fotball
  28. Universitetet i Stavanger
  29. Stavanger Amatørteater
  30. Viking FK
  31. Viking HK
  32. Brodd Håndballklubb
  33. Kinesisk forening i Rogaland
  34. Open Hands For You
  35. Stavanger roller derby klubb
  36. Stavanger innebandyklubb
  37. Stavanger Taekwon-Do klubb
  38. Stavanger Freestyledisco
  39. Tjensvoll fotballklubb
  40. Frisinn svømmeklubb
  41. Steps Dansestudio