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Ascension Day in Norway

Ascension Day is a public holiday in Norway. This Christian holiday commemorates the belief that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven.

Is Ascension Day a Public Holiday?

Ascension Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Glass painting depicting the Ascension.

The Ascension depicted in a church.


This moveable feast is always on a Thursday. It is a day off for most people. Schools, businesses, and shops in Norway are closed. Only certain small convenient stores and garden centers are open on Ascension Day.

Spring or Summer Long Weekend

Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday in spring or early summer, and it is popular to spend it outdoors or in the garden. However, using motorized lawn mowers or power tools is prohibited.

It is common to take the following Friday off too, creating a long weekend.

About Ascension Day in other countries

Read more about Ascension Day.

Ascension Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuMay 14Ascension DayNational holiday
2016ThuMay 5Ascension DayNational holiday
2017ThuMay 25Ascension DayNational holiday
2018ThuMay 10Ascension DayNational holiday
2019ThuMay 30Ascension DayNational holiday
2020ThuMay 21Ascension DayNational holiday
2021ThuMay 13Ascension DayNational holiday
2022ThuMay 26Ascension DayNational holiday
2023ThuMay 18Ascension DayNational holiday
2024ThuMay 9Ascension DayNational holiday
2025ThuMay 29Ascension DayNational holiday

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