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-- Photos and Notes for the Last Annual Meeting --

Photos and Notes from the 2014 Meeting

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Meeting Photos
Talk on the Sami Districts by Anessa Andersland
This years Syttende Mai button with the "Ja Vi Heart" symbol on it.
Greetings and talk from Gary Gandrud, Honorary Norwegian Consulate General, on promoting Norwegian activities and "Ja Vi Heart".
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Meeting Photos
Meeting Photos
Report on the 2016 Centennial Celebration plans and a call for volunteers by Dr. Jean Knaak.
Lee Brown (Treasurer) presenting the 2nd $2500 check for Norway House to John Haugo.
Dr. Bryon Nordstrom spoke on “Destined to Fail? One King, Two Peoples, Two Constitutions: The No Norwegian-Swedish Union in 1814”.

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Article supplied by: Edward "Mike" Wick

Our speaker for the Yearly National Council of American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad Meeting was Byron Nordstrom, who presented an outstanding talk on the Norwegian-Swedish Union of 1814

The Norwegian Constitution ('Grunnlov') of May 1814 is the oldest European constitution that is still in use, and the second oldest in the world – behind the American, by which it was inspired.

By 1814 Norway could see to the liberation movements and constitutions of other countries, both to learn from them and to avoid their pitfalls. The result was a progressive, liberal document that has survived for 200 years. On May 17th this year, Norway celebrates its bicentenary.

The event that spurred the writing of the Norwegian Constitution was the Treaty of Kiel, dated January 14th 1814. Norway was at the time subjugated by Denmark, but was to be given to Sweden because of the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars. Hearing of the treaty, the Norwegian Constituent Assembly gathered at Eidsvoll (a small town north of the country's capital, then called Christiana) and wrote the constitution, signing it on May 17th – Considered Norway's true independence day.

Sweden intervened and took control of Norway by force. Later in the year, after a brief war, the Moss Convention was signed, under which Sweden agreed to Norway having its own constitution. The Norwegian Constitution was saved with couple minor changes. The constitution was embraced as a national symbol of freedom. The Swedish king was denied the right of veto over Norwegian affairs, and never got the authority he wanted. The king’s lack of a veto power in constitutional affairs is what made Norway’s constitution so modern and in time would give the Norwegian people the upper hand with regard to the king in Stockholm, it culminated in Norwegian independence in 1905.