Union Dissolution Day

Union Dissolution Day

The Union Dissolution Day, observed in Norway on June 7 (though not a public holiday), is marked in remembrance of the Norwegian parliament's 1905 declaration of dissolution of the union with Sweden, a personal union which had existed since 1814.

By historical coincidence, June 7 was also the date in 1940 when King Haakon VII of Norway and the royal family, along with the Norwegian cabinet and parliament, had to leave the country after escaping the German forces during the WWII invasion of Norway; and it is also the date in 1945 on which the King returned after 5 years of exile in London. In light of the above, it should be no surprise that June 7 has a particularly heavy significance in the history of Norway.

External links

* [http://www.aftenposten.no/english/1905/ Norway 1905–2005] – Newspaper "Aftenposten" 's Union Dissolution Centennial feature

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