Today, May 17th, is Norway's Constitution Day. As the date of the signing of the Norwegian constitution in Eidsvoll in 1814 - it commemorates a critical milestone in Norwegian history. But it has also become a rite of spring, a festive, colorful day after a monochromatic winter. May 17th in 1945 followed just a few days after liberation, reinforcing its significance.
But Norwegian independence is a notion that is undergoing change. Whereas the framers of the original constitution wished to establish a state for people of a common ethnicity (going so far as to exclude Jews and monastic orders from Norway as a constitutional matter and making Lutheranism the official religion), Norway is rapidly evolving into something else. Economically, Norway is becoming increasingly dependent on trading partners. The population is growing more diverse, not just ethnically but in every other way.