Crown Prince Haakon’s Day

Crown Prince Haakon’s Day is a nationwide holiday observed in Norway on the 20th of July each year. Although it’s celebrated all across the country, it’s not a public holiday, however, so businesses keep their normal hours of operation. This day commemorates the birthday of H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon who was born on this day in 1973.

The Crown Prince is the son of H.M King Harald V and H.M Queen Sonja. His wife is H.R.H Crown Princesse Mette-Marit and together they have a daughter who is the second in line to the throne. Their daughter is named Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

A Short Biography Of Crown Prince Haakon

Crown Prince Haakon was born at National Hospital in St. Hanshaugen in Oslo on July 20th, 1973. When he was born he was named Haakon Magnus, but he goes by the name Haakon. His name is in honor of his paternal great-grandfather, King Haakon VII, and his uncle on his mother’s side, Haakon Haraldsen.

Haakon graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995 and served in the Royal Norwegian Navy. He also attended the University of California in Berkley in 1999 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. After attending lectures at the University of Oslo, he would complete his education at the London School of Economics in 2003. There he received a Masters in Science degree in Development Studies, with a specialty in internal trade and Africa.

Haakon married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby on August 24, 2001, at Oslo Cathedral. They have two children together: Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and Prince Sverre Magnus. Haakon is also the stepfather to Mette-Marit’s son from a previous marriage, Marius Borg Hoiby.

Observing Crown Prince Haakon’s Day

As we stated earlier, this isn’t a public holiday. It’s mainly observed with a few official birthday celebrations for the Crown Prince and with the raising of the flag of Norway. It’s a day for citizens to wish the Crown Prince a happy birthday.

Where is it celebrated?
Norway (Flag day)
When is it?
This year (2023)
July 20 Thursday
Next year (2024)
July 20 Saturday
Last year (2022)
July 20 Wednesday