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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.

Garden centers are open on May Day.
A trip to a garden center is common on May 1.
Garden centers are open on May 1 in Norway, while most other shops are closed on this public holiday.
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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

Read more about Labor day.

Labor day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatMay 12010Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 12011Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
TueMay 12012Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
WedMay 12013Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
ThuMay 12014Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
FriMay 12015Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 12016Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
MonMay 12017Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
TueMay 12018Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
WedMay 12019Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day
FriMay 12020Labor dayNational holiday, Flag day

Quick Facts

Labor Day or May Day on May 1 is a public holiday day in Norway.

Labor day 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Labor day 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Arbeidernes dagNorwegian
Arbeidarane sin dagNorwegian (nynorsk)
Labor dayEnglish
Tag der ArbeitGerman

Alternative name

1. mai

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2019 in Norway

Fun Holiday on May 1, 2019

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