Constitution Day in Denmark & Faroe Islands

Constitution Day is a holiday that pays tribute to Denmark’s Constitution and is observed not only in Denmark but also in other areas that are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, such as the Faroe Islands. In Denmark, this holiday is a public holiday, so government offices and businesses are closed for the entire day, and it’s celebrated with singing, hot dogs, and beer.

In the Faroe Islands, this public holiday is only observed as a half-day, but it is enjoyed with some enthusiasm. Since this holiday occurs on June 5th every year, it’s a good time for people in both Denmark and the Faroe Islands to enjoy some time with one another outdoors in public parks.

The History of Constitution Day in Denmark & The Faroe Islands

This holiday commemorates the anniversary of when King Frederik VII signed the Danish Constitution of 1849. This instrument would establish Denmark as a constitutional monarchy. Previously, Denmark had been an absolute monarchy from 1660 until the Danish Constituent Assembly of 1848-1849 laid the groundwork for the change in Denmark’s government. On June 5, 1915, the constitution was amended to give women the right to vote. This holiday also honors the constitution of 1953 that was adopted on this day.

Observing Constitution Day in Denmark & The Faroe Islands

In Denmark, businesses are closed for the day, and that gives many Danes the opportunity to spend time with their friends and family members in public parks to enjoy group singing, bright red hot dogs that are known as ‘Rød pølse,’ and beer. Because this holiday is also Father’s Day in the country, many celebrations center around the patriarch of each family.

In the Faroe Islands, this holiday is observed as a half-day for most people. Some businesses may remain open, but many are also closed. Because the islands are deeply rooted in Nordic traditions, many of the celebrations for this holiday are very similar to those in Denmark.

Where is it celebrated?
Faroe Islands (Half-day)Denmark (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
June 5 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
June 5 Thursday
Last year (2023)
June 5 Monday