Constitution Day - Grundlovsdag

constitution day denmark

Grundlovsdag or Constitution Day in Denmark is celebrated on June 5th every year. This holiday is commemorate the signing of the Danish Constitution on June 5, 1849 and the amended constitution, which was updated and signed on June 5, 1953.

The signing of the constitution established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy.

This is a "so called" holiday for Danes, where Danes flock to outdoor events to hear their favorite politician speak. Politics is a big deal in Denmark, unlike many countries whose citizens are a little ambivalent about politics and their politicians.

You will see fields of flags flying on this day all over Denmark.

When June 5th falls on a weekday, shops and businesses will close at 12noon.  In 2015 the date will fall on a Friday and it may or may not be celebrated as a holiday.  The reason for this is that it is NOT an official holiday, but most businesses do honor the day and let their employees off at 12noon so that they can attend the political rallies and speeches. You have to check with your employer and see what their stance is on this policy.

If the date falls on the first Sunday of the month, many shops will be open. It is normal for shops to be open when it is the first Sunday in the month. This is usually the only Sunday each month where they are allowed to stay open. Commerce is more important!

Constitution Day Politics

If you are even remotely political, like most Danes are, you will need to check with your local political party to find out where your party is speaking. It is usually some of the high profile party leaders who will be out on their soapboxes.  Danes are very in to their politics and come out in droves to vote and also to listen to their favorite politician or even those they do not support- if it gives them a chance to speak with them and tell them what THEY THINK. Really quite a lot of fun.

Events are held all over Denmark, so you will not have to go far to find a political speech today.

The events are usually very social events and picnics are quite the norm. Lots of hotdogs (pølser) and beer being served.

Great way to meet your local politicians and talk to them about issues concerning you.

Learn more about the political system in Denmark

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