All Public Holiday Dates In Norway In 2022 and 2023

When you are visiting Norway, knowing when there are public holidays is going to be important. These public holidays translates to getting the day off from work for most people, but it also means that stores and other services are closed.

There are always people who end up getting surprised by public holidays in Norway when they realize that it’s going to be a few days until the stores open. Hopefully this article will help you prepare ahead of time to plan for the public holiday dates.

So, let’s get straight to it, and look at all the dates that are considered a public holiday in Norway in 2022:

  • January 1.
  • April 14. A public holiday tied to Easter.
  • April 15. A public holiday tied to Easter.
  • April 17. A public holiday tied to Easter.
  • April 18. A public holiday tied to Easter.
  • May 1. The international Labor day. Read more about Labor Day in Norway here.
  • May 17. Norway’s national day. Read more about May 17 as a tourist here.
  • May 26. Ascension Day, tied to Easter.
  • June 5. Pentecost.
  • June 6. Pentecost.
  • December 25. First Christmas day.
  • December 26. Second Christmas day.

And that’s all the pubic holidays we have in Norway. All stores with the exception of stores that are open on Sundays, will be closed on these public holidays. Gas stations and kiosks will still be open, but everything else will be closed.

Easter decorations
The Easter celebration has many public holiday dates in Norway. Photo published with permission.

Public holidays in Norway in 2023

We’ve passed the halfway point of 2022. so let’s also include all the 2023 dates for those of you that are planning a trip to Norway for next year already.

Below are all the public holiday dates for Norway in 2023:

  • January 1.
  • April 6. Easter.
  • April 7. Easter.
  • April 9. Easter.
  • April 10. Easter.
  • May 1. Labor day.
  • May 17. Norway’s National Day.
  • May 18. Ascension Day.
  • May 28. Pentecost.
  • May 29. Pentecost.
  • December 25. First Christmas day.
  • December 26. Second Christmas day.

How public holidays will affect your visit to Norway

The different public holidays will absolutely affect anyone who visits Norway. Not only are most people home from work, but most things are also closed. The buses might not run during this time, and as mentioned, all stores are closed.

Don’t expect to be able to visit a bank (ATMs are still open), go to a regular non-emergency doctor, or get in touch with government services like UDI or Skatteetaten.

Some of the public holidays are also big celebration days, like May 17, the national day of Norway. I won’t go into detail about this celebration here, because I’ve already written about it in detail.

For the most other public holidays, people tend to stay home or with their family, so you will likely notice that there are fewer people in the city during these days.

May 17 parade
May 17 parade. Photo Torstein Frogner / CC BY-SA 2.0.

There are also celebration days that are not public holidays

In addition to the public holidays, there are also some celebration days where most stores will have limited opening hours. Some examples are during the Easter, as well as on Christmas (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Stores tend to close at around 15:00 or 16:00 during these celebration days, giving people time to get home to their families and celebrate.

The article has been updated to include the 2023 dates as well.

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