Thank you Norway!

CakeOn 17 May of every year, an entire country takes a holiday to go out onto the streets and take part in parades, bands, marching and general celebration.

If you happen to be in Norway, then you cannot help but be affected by the music, the rosy-cheeked smiles, the traditional costumes, the joy…

Now, if you ask them what they are celebrating, they will tell you that they are celebrating their National Day. The day they became an independent nation.

Independent from Sweden, no less. That’s right, Norway used to be under Swedish rule once upon a time… (But,  hey, let’s not mention that again. OK?)

And although the Norwegians will insist that they are celebrating syttende mai (17 May); celebrating their independence…


… they are not.

What they are really celebrating is my (and Sir Pe’s) wedding anniversary!

So, thank you Norway, for all the music, cheering and celebration… we appreciate it.

Let’s  make a date to do it all over again next year!

34 thoughts on “Thank you Norway!

  1. Happy anniversary Sir Pe and Lady Fi!! 🙂 Here’s to many, many, many more!! 🙂

    I’m so glad that an entire country took the time to celebrate with you. 🙂 🙂


  2. Yes, have fun today, and Norway doubly celebrating your anniversary with the Eurovision win too!


  3. Hey Ladyfi Norway will probably do it all over again now they’ve won the Eurovision fest.
    As for you and yours – may you live happily ever after.
    June in Oz


  4. Happy Anniversary!!!! Very cool that Norway would go out of it’s way to celebrate for you guys like that- they usually aren’t that out going with foreigners ;-)) hahahaha…Hope you have a wonderful anniversary!!


  5. Happy Anniversary to you. Thanks I just learnt another thing about your country. Norwegians are beautiful people. My best friend is Norwegian and gorgeous in every way.

    And by the way you just won the Vincenzo Rizzo digital print on my blog giveaway, so if you want to email me on with an address, Vincenzo can send it direct to you.

    Let me know if you want a different digital print form the one you put in the comments. His work is modern but I love it!!!


  6. So do you two drive across the border in a convertible sitting in the back and waving at everyone? Because that would be awesome!


  7. Happy Anniversary to such a lovely matched pair!! Wish I could think up something big to do, like Norway did, but that’s hard to top. Glad the whole country rolled out for you!


  8. Awwww, Happy Anniversary hon!! I hope you, and the people of Norway, had fun celebrating 🙂

    May is a good month to get married 🙂

    C x


  9. I love learning about different countries’ holidays. But OF COURSE what they’re celebrating is your anniversary…happy anniversary!


  10. Crazy Norwegians!

    (There are quite a few May 17th celebrations on your behalf in Minnesota, you know. 🙂 We’re chock full of Norwegians!)



  11. Happy Anniversary to a lovely expat. When I saw the title I thought you were happy about Norway’s win on Saturday night – I preferred the Swedish and Icelandic songs.


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