Event Details

1814 The Incredible Year, 200th Anniversary of Norway’s Constitution, 2014
Location: Bloomington Civic Plaza
Date: May 9 - June 13, 2014
Public Viewing Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Free Admission

This year Norwegians and Norwegian Americans in Minnesota will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution with events to commemorate the occasion.

After nearly 400 years under Denmark’s rule, 1814 marked the year that Norway became an independent nation, though in a union with Sweden, with its own capital and a new political system. It was an incredible year that marked the start of democratic development in Norway and was known to many as a year of miracles. This was historically significant and a rare occurrence because few nations can point to such sweeping transformations in a single year.

One of the key events marking the 200th anniversary will take place at the Bloomington Civic Plaza with a historic exhibition “1814 The Incredible Year.” It will showcase the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution and the peasant society, many of them farmers that immigrated to the Midwest in search of a richer life. The purpose of this special exhibit is to raise awareness of how the Norwegian Constitution incorporates elements of the American Constitution. The exhibit has been acquired through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sponsored locally by the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate General, Sons of Norway and the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bloomington, MN is the first city to have this exhibit which will travel around the United States in 2014.

To download the companion booklet to the exhibit, click here.

To learn more about the 200th Anniversary click here.

For press and media or more information contact: Erik Evans