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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Norway. Please scroll down to view.

The Kingdom of Norway is a country located in the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and includes several islands located off of its coast. Norway currently celebrates 10 national holidays each year.

National holidays in Norway are regulated by the Act Respecting Public Holidays and their Sanctity – 1995. This Act names the 10 national holidays and provides the government with the authority to create additional national holidays as one-time events if necessary.

Public holidays are seen as a time for celebration in Norway, but also as a time to reflect on Peace. Part of this Act determines when celebrations can take place, noise levels associated with these celebrations, and timings on when these celebrations must end.

The Labour Laws of Norway provide employees with paid days off for nationally recognised holidays. Employees required to work on a national holiday are entitled to receive pay at a higher rate for work performed that day or a different paid day off to make up for the missed holiday. The choice of how an employee is compensated for working on a national holiday is part of their employment contract.

All but three of the holidays celebrated in Norway are based on religious beliefs. Some of these holidays occur on different dates each year because their celebration dates are based on the lunar cycle. The official dates for these celebrations are announced by the government at the end of each year for the following year.

Cultural and Religious Holidays

Norway has a diverse population and the northern part of the country has a large indigenous population. The Sami People are the northernmost indigenous tribes of Europe and have a very distinct language, culture and belief system. The government of Norway acknowledges the celebrations associated with this culture and religious beliefs, but does not view them as national holidays.

Under the Holiday Act of 1988, residents of Norway who do not actively practice the Lutheran faith have the right to two paid days off a year that is based on their religious preferences.

In addition to the Sami population, there are small pockets of people that have different cultural backgrounds and faiths located throughout Norway. Each of these groups of people are protected under the Holidays Act of 1988 for their religious beliefs.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
17 MayWedConstitution Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
4 JunSunWhit Sunday
5 JunMonWhit Monday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day