Children take center stage at local Norwegian National Day celebrations

The Norwegian School of Benalmádena. / ON

The Norwegian community on the Costa del Sol will celebrate Constitution Day on May 17, also known as Children’s Day

Norwegians celebrate their Constitution Day on May 17, also known as Children’s Day. This year, in addition to the traditional children’s parade in Benalmádena, an art competition is dedicated to a historical Norwegian personality who lived in Andalusia.

In Norway, on Constitution Day, virtually every elementary school district holds its own parade, led by marching bands. One of their goals is to highlight the role of children in Norwegian society. The largest of the traditional parades takes place in Norway’s capital where tens of thousands of people gather and march, waving flags and shouting “hurrah!”

The children’s parade on May 17 has also become a tradition on the Costa del Sol. In Benalmádena, students from the Norwegian School (Den Norske Skolen), accompanied by a guest Spanish brass band, take to the streets. The parade begins in the center of Arroyo de la Miel at the Inmaculada Church at 10:45 a.m. Everyone sings the Norwegian national anthem, as well as other traditional songs. At 11:15 a.m., in front of the Casa de Cultura, speeches will be given by Mayor Víctor Navas and Director Trude Jahren.

This year, more than 100 Norwegian students and teachers will take part in National Day celebrations in Benalmádena.

Some of them will show off their ‘bunad’, Norway’s traditional costume. At 12:30 p.m., the events move to the school for games and other activities.

Traditionally, a class from a local Spanish school in Benalmádena Pueblo has been invited to join in the activities. This time, the school’s new outdoor canteen will offer typical waffles, hot dogs and ice cream.

painting in nature

In the rural complex Los Caracoles (The snails), in the region of Frigiliana, Torrox and Nerja, hot dogs are also prepared, but Andalusian style, and ice cream. The population of Norwegians and other Scandinavians is growing rapidly on the eastern side of the Costa del Sol.

On May 17, the resort will welcome all Norwegians who want to spend the day surrounded by nature, with Andalusian cuisine, including smoked salmon toast.

The organizers are sure that the peaceful environment, exotic fruit trees and an abundance of different flowers, as well as the unique snail-shaped buildings will attract both Norwegian children and adults. In addition, the “day” of Norway will last a few weeks in Los Caracoles thanks to an art competition for children.

Preparations for the Norwegian day at Los Caracoles. /


From May 17 to May 31, a creative corner of the rural complex will be a space for painting and drawing. The subject of the art contest is “My image of the Princess of Norway”. The activity aims to raise awareness of Christine, Princess of Norway, the daughter of Håkon IV, King of Norway, who in the 13th century came to live in Spain. It is believed that she enjoyed Andalusia and died young here in 1262.

Until the end of the month, all photos with their imaginative portraits will be exhibited and then evaluated by a jury.

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