Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Høyre) hopes this year’s 17th May celebration will be remembered as an exception. But she also thinks it will be remembered as a celebration of joy.
“Today, of course, we should celebrate the Constitution, the nation of Norway, and our values as always, but maybe we should also celebrate that we have actually managed to fight the virus together, and that we are about to get our everyday lives back,” says the prime minister. to NTB.
She emphasizes that Norwegians must not forget basic advice on distance and contact.
“If you get around a lot of people and break the rules of distance, then you can be the small infection bomb that causes quite a few to get sick or have to quarantine. Nobody really knows who gets infected,” says Solberg.
Joy and Exception
The Prime Minister has chosen to stay in the capital this year, contributing to the national singing of “Ja, vi elsker dette landet” at 1 pm from the garden of the Prime Minister’s residence. She praised the Uranienborg School Corps, which provided the music.
“You sound better than Haukeland School Corps did when I played there once,” joked Solberg.
The Prime Minister hopes that this year’s 17th May will be remembered as an exception, and that in the future we will be able to celebrate the day as usual. But at the same time, she thinks we will remember it with happiness.
“It’s hard to speculate, but I think it might be perceived as a kind of celebration of joy, after experiencing this shutdown and closure that we’ve had for a while,” says Solberg.
Feared that corps would not be allowed
She also thinks it can be a reminder of what challenges can prevent us from living our lives as normal. Solberg admits that there was fear within the government that the celebration would be even more limited.
“There was a time when we didn’t know if we would be able to allow enough people for a corps to play. But by the end of April we were aware that we would have the opportunity to open society a little more,” says the Prime Minister.
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