Wednesday, June 07, 2006

7th of June


I have previously written about the 17th of May - the most important date in the Norwegian calendar. Today is the 7th of June - maybe the second most important date. In fact, at least four important Norwegian historical events fell on the 7th of June (in 1895, 1905, 1940 and 1945). Here I'll only mention 1905.

In 1905, Norway had a so-called personal union with Sweden through their common king, Oscar II. Although Norway had a very independent status within the union, there had been a long-standing dispute about separate consular representation and other issues. Matters came to a head on this date, when the Norwegian Prime Minister Christian Michelsen ( I will not mention his home town, but you may be able to guess it) more or less performed a (peacful) coup d'etat and disposed of the union in a speach in Stortinget (our Parliamant). Also known as "The revolution of the dependent clause".

Of course everything did not go quite smoothly thereafter, but eventually it all settled down quietly and Norway got a new king, Haakon VII, formerly prince Carl of Denmark. An important role in all of this was played by King Edward VII of Britain, who was prince Carl's father-in-law.

By the way, the statue on top of this post shows Christian Michelsen. The base is 17,93 m high and it was raised in his home town in 1938. It was made by the famous Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland.

1 comment:

Petunia said...

Haha! Flott bilde og du fikk til og med en måke med!!!
Statuen kler blå himmel,men det har vi mye av her:)