Syttende Mai and Norwegian Constitution A day late, but to those with Norwegian Heritage, happy Syttende Mai. It is also the 200 year old anniversary of the second-oldest “living” constitution in the world. The United States constitution is the oldest. The document was signed at Eidsvoll, Norway. I visited this historic building. Many signers of the Eidsvoll Constitution settled in central southern Wisconsin. A hundred genealogists in Norway have located 112 descendants of signers here in my “summer” area. Are any of you that are of Norwegian descent an “Eidsvollsmenn Descendant”? The project, eidsvollsmenn.no is searching a database of 63,000, as of now 4,138 have lived in the United States. The full article Historic Heritage is found on the Wisconsin State Journal’s front page on Saturday, May 17, 2014. In 2002, I toured the historic building in Norway where the constitution was signed.
Read the Wikipedia Article on the Norwegian Constitution. Here is a map of Eidsvoll’s location: