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Labor day in Norway

Labor Day on May 1 is a public holiday and a day off throughout Norway. Schools, businesses, and most shops are closed.

Is Labor day a Public Holiday?

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

Garden centers are open on May Day.

A trip to a garden center is common on May 1.

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Demonstrations and Flags

The day is marked by flying Norwegian flags, demonstrations, and various events mainly organized by the labor movement.

Demonstrations and public appeals are still common on Labor Day in Norway, although less today than in previous decades. May Day was first observed in Norway in 1890, and it has been a public holiday since 1947.

Most Shops Are Closed

Schools, businesses and shops are closed on May 1. Only certain small convenient stores and garden centers are open.

As May 1 is springtime in Norway, it is popular to spend this day off outdoors or pottering in the garden. However, using motorized lawn mowers or power tools is prohibited.

About Labor day in other countries

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Labor day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2016SunMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2017MonMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2018TueMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2019WedMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2020FriMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2021SatMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2022SunMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2023MonMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2024WedMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
2025ThuMay 1Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day

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