17 May is Norway's Constitution Day and is celebrated with children's parades and festivities.
The Norwegian national costumes came into existence about 100 years ago when a wave of national romanticism swept across the country.
Stave churches are an important part of Norway's architectural heritage. Urnes Stave Church in the Sognefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Norse mythology held sway until Norway became Christian around the year 1000. Today there is religious freedom.
The Norwegian rose painting tradition developed from around 1750 and was both an imitation and in parts liberation from «guild art».