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.
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 countriesRead more about Labor day.
Labor day Observances
|Sat||May 1||2010||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 1||2011||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Tue||May 1||2012||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Wed||May 1||2013||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Thu||May 1||2014||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Fri||May 1||2015||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 1||2016||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Mon||May 1||2017||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Tue||May 1||2018||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Wed||May 1||2019||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
|Fri||May 1||2020||Labor day||National holiday, Flag day|
Quick FactsLabor Day or May Day on May 1 is a public holiday day in Norway.
Labor day 2018Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Labor day 2019Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Name in other languages
|Arbeidarane sin dag||Norwegian (nynorsk)|
|Tag der Arbeit||German|
Alternative name1. mai
Other holidays in May 2019 in Norway
- Day of liberation – Wednesday, May 8, 2019
- 17 May Constitution Day (1814) – Friday, May 17, 2019
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 30, 2019