Norway’s May 17 gift to UK: 99p fish and chips

Norway is taking its May 17 Constitution Day celebrations across the North Sea, unveiling plans to generously give away a whopping 16 tonnes of cod so that fish and chip shops across the UK can offer their customers a celebratory meal for just 99p.

Norway's May 17 gift to UK: 99p fish and chips
A 99p fish and chip portion to celebrate Norway's National Day. Photo: Norwegian Seafood Council
The scheme, which has been put together by the Norwegian Seafood Council, will see 99 'fish and chippers' across the country decked out in Norwegian flags. 
"We expect long queues in front of the shops," Lars Fredrik Martinussen at the Norwegian Seafood Council told The Local. "The stores will be decorated in the spirit of 17 May, and I think it will generate quite a lot of attention in the UK — 99p is quite a historic price for fish and chips. It's a good combination of celebrating Norway and promoting sustainable Norwegian cod in the same breath."  
About 50,000 subsidised portions of fish and chips will be  sold on May 17, with fish and chip shops warned to prevent their greediest customers from scoffing more than four portions. 

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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.