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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 parade starts from the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel at 10:00. 

The route: 

  1. Politiet
  2. Brannbilen
  3. Flaggborgen v/ speiderne
  4. Stavanger Janitsjar
  5. mai komiteen
  6. Utvalg for oppvekst og utdanning
  7. The British International School of Stavanger
  8. Jernbanens musikkorps
  9. 100 års jubilant St. Olav videregående skole
  10. Stavanger katedralskole
  11. 110 års jubilant Våland skolekorps
  12. Våland skole
  13. 110 års jubilant Storhaug skolekorps
  14. Storhaug skole
  15. 95 års jubilant Nylund skolekorps
  16. Nylund skole
  17. Svithun ungdomsskole
  18. Steinerskolen
  19. International School of Stavanger m/ korps
  20. Byfjord skole
  21. 70 års jubilant Tasta skolekorps
  22. Tasta skole
  23. Tastaveden skole
  24. Tastarustå skole
  25. Vardenes skole
  26. Vardenes skole skolekorps
  27. Teinå skole
  28. 70 års jubilant Kvaleberg skolekorps
  29. Kvaleberg skole
  30. Kristianslyst skole
  31. Auglend skole
  32. Auglend og Tjensvoll skolekorps
  33. Tjensvoll skole
  34. Ullandhaug skole
  35. KF skolen
  36. Madlamark skolekorps
  37. Madlamark skole
  38. Gosen skole
  39. Hafrsfjord skolekorps
  40. Hafrsfjord skole
  41. Madlavoll skole
  42. Revheim skole
  43. Stavanger musikkorps av 1919
  44. Svithun videregående skole
  45. Eiganes skolekorps
  46. Eiganes skole
  47. Lassa skole
  48. Kannik skole
  49. Buøy skole
  50. Buøy skoles musikkorps og Roaldsøy skoles musikkorps
  51. Roaldsøy skole
  52. Johannes læringssenter
  53. Kampen skolekorps
  54. Kampen skole
  55. Wang Ung

Folketoget (People's Parade)

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



  1. Brannkorpset
  2. Flaggborgen med speiderne
  3. Stavanger Janitsjar
  4. 17. mai-komiteen
  5. Kommunestyret, ungdommens kommunestyre og kommunedelsutvalgene
  6. Rogaland teater. 75-årsjubilant
  7. Barne- og ungdomsteateret. 65-årsjubilant. 
  8. Stavanger Hockey
  9. Stavanger Oilers.
  10. Stavanger karateklubb. 50-årsjubilant. 
  11. Tjensvoll FK 12.
  12. Kvaleberg skolekorps. 70 års jubilant. 
  13. Universitetet i Stavanger
  14. Norsk Folkehjelp Stavanger
  15. Jåtten skolekorps
  16. Stavanger stupeklubb
  17. Song- og spelkorlaget av 8. mars
  18. Speidere i Stavanger
  19. Jernbanens musikkorps
  20. Brodd IL
  21. St. OIav videregående skole. 100-årsjubilant.
  22. Stavanger Sandnes Skøyteklubb
  23. Storhaug skolekorps. 110-årsjubilant 
  24. Stavanger innebandyklubb
  25. Tastavarden håndballklubb
  26. Stavanger kunstløpklubb
  27. Hundvåg Håndball. 50-årsjubilant. 
  28. Stavanger roller derby klubb. 10-årsjubilant. 
  29. Nylund skolekorps. 95-årsjubilant. 
  30. Forus og Gausel idrettslag
  31. Stavanger Skateklubb
  32. Tasta skolekorps. 70 årsjubilant
  33. Viking håndballklubb bredde
  34. Viking Stavanger håndball
  35. ConocoPhillips Janitsjar
  36. Stavanger skiklubb
  37. Stavanger offshore tekniske skole
  38. Stavanger Brass Band. 40-årsjubilant. 
  39. Madla IL
  40. Stavanger Blues Club
  41. Stavanger Cheersportklubb
  42. Straen gymnastikk- og turnforening
  43. Litauisk forening i Rogaland
  44. Siddis trim og turnforening
  45. Tasta brass
  46. Stavanger strikk og drikk
  47. Natteravnene i Stavanger sentrum
  48. Mannskoret VSOP
  49. Stavanger amatørteater
  50. Trommetruppen Tromlingane. 20 årsjubilant
  51. Tasta Håndballklubb. 60-årsjubilant. 
  52. Stavanger lotteforening
  53. Frelsesarmeen i Stavanger
  54. Stavanger Taekwon-Do Klubb
  55. Stavanger sykleklubb
  56. Nord-Jæren sportsdanseklubb
  57. Idrettslaget Pol
  58. Stavanger musikkorps 1919
  59. Stavanger Røde Kors
  60. Showakademiet
  61. Stavanger fekteklubb
  62. Frisinn Sportsklubb. 90-årsjubilant
  63. Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn
  64. Stavanger turnforening
  65. Stavanger turistforening
  66. Di Voksne af Roaldsøy. 20-årsjubilant. 
  67. Hafrsfjord sykkelklubb
  68. Stavanger kulturskole
  69. Stavanger rugbyklubb
  70. Ukrainsk forening i Rogaland
  71. Chinese Association in Rogaland
  72. Thai buddhist forening dans
  73. Stavanger tennisklubb
  74. Stavanger Freestyledisco
  75. FC Show//Siddis sportsklubb
  76. Hundvåg Cheerleading IL
  77. Stavanger basketballklubb
  78. Mannskoret Canentes Sus Barbatus
  79. Vardeneset ballklubb
  80. Stavanger drill
  81. Stavanger IF fotball
  82. Hinna fotball
  83. Stavanger svømmeklubb
  84. Viking FK
  85. Stavanger Roklub
  86. Vidar FK.
  87. Steps dansestudio