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This year the norwegian consitution is 200 years old and yesterday on our constitution day we celebrated that. Our constitution was largely inspired by the french revolution and the US declaration of independence and played an important role in the nation-building of Norway.

Yesterday we celebrated our democracy, our independence, but mostly our rights that we have in this country. 200 years of a constitution, but it does not mean that everything has been a dream for the last 200 years. Jews were not permitted to enter the kingdom and only a handful of people were allowed to vote. I'm glad times change and the laws follow. Today our laws are protected and made in this building on the picture, the norwegian parliament Stortinget.

I hope they will continue protecting our rights, serve the people's interests and also take care of our minorities for at least another 200 years!

The picture was taken when I had a few hours to spend in Oslo after a national political conference.

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