Watch Norway’s entire government do a May 17 dance routine

Norway's state broadcaster just NRK just managed to get the country's entire government to attempt the new dance routine it has put together for National Day celebrations -- with predictably hilarious results.

Watch Norway's entire government do a May 17 dance routine
The dance is part of NRK's May 17 offering. Photo: Norway PM's office
Prime Minister Erna Solberg showed herself an uninhibited and funky mover, with culture minister Abid Raja also putting in a commendable performance. 
“It was a fun challenge to get and then I so I thought we should do it as the whole government, and not just as the Prime Minister,” Solberg said in a video of the recording put out by NRK
Raja gave the government top marks.   
“I'd give it a dice throw of four to five,” he told NRK. “A lot of people in the government have good rhythm. We've seen Erna dance before, so I hardly dare say 'groovy baby', but I think it's great that Erna is so 'sporty'.” 
It's hardly part of the job description for a government minister, so it feels a little unfair to ridicule the poorer performers. 
The country's employment minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen wisely preempted any commentary on his wooden performance, by posting a short edit on Instagram showing Raja pulling some bhangra-style moves, while he sways his knees in an inhibited fashion behind him. 





Bump’n’grind vs. white men can’t dance. Raja vs. Isaksen. 100-0. (Videoinnspilling for @nrksuper) Hurra ??…

A post shared by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (@torbjornroeisaksen) on May 14, 2020 at 12:19pm PDT

This is Solberg's second social media dance performance of the month. 
On May 16, she posted a short video of her dancing on TikTok with two nurses. 

Erna ønsker alle sykepleiere gratulerer med dagen?❤️@marieblian ##ernasolberg ##foryou ##viral ##trend ##xyzbca

♬ Laxed (Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685

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Oslo police stop May 17th parade with ‘around 150’ participants

Police in Oslo halted a parade to mark Norway’s National Day on Monday in which the number of participants appeared to exceed the city’s current restrictions on public assembly.

Oslo police stop May 17th parade with 'around 150' participants
Photo by Ernest Ojeh on Unsplash

Around 150 people gathered in central Oslo to take part in a parade, which was stopped by police as it headed towards the Royal Palace, newspaper VG reported.

“They had a size of about 150, give or take. They were moving around the city centre and at one point crossed Karl Johan (street) towards the palace,” senior police officer Tor Gulbrandsen told VG.

The event was called an “alternative May 17th parade” by Gulbrandsen, in absence of the city’s regular National Day celebrations.

Norway’s current coronavirus restrictions allow parades of up to 200 people provided social distancing is observed. But restrictions in Oslo are significantly tighter, with public assembly limited at 10 people.


“Another event was taking place at the palace. The police therefore chose to stop this alternative parade before it reached Slottsplassen [Palace Square, ed.],” the police officer said.

Participants joined the parade as a protest against Norway’s coronavirus restrictions, VG writes.

The royal family was on the balcony at the palace, in keeping with regular May 17th traditions, as the alternative parade approached the location, police said.

“Things happened calmly, but the police had to clearly communicate with the organisers to prevent them from disrupting the other event,” Gulbrandsen said.

That included using megaphones to inform them that their event was “illegal”.

The parade then moved towards the Egertorget square, by which time the number of participants had dwindled.

“Police were in the area to ensure they did not disrupt other events and have thoroughly documented the behaviour that went on. We must subsequently look at whether there will be stronger response (by police), it is too early to say as of now,” Gulbrandsen told VG.