In 2019, 10 of Norway’s 12 public holidays fell on working days. The two exceptions were Easter Sunday and Whitsunday, for obvious reasons.
That means that, with Christmas Eve on a Tuesday and two subsequent public holidays, people working in Norway can enjoy nine consecutive days off by using two days of their annual leave, as NRK points out.
But in 2020, it will probably be necessary to be even smarter with annual leave, if you want to make the most of public holidays.
Of 2020’s public holidays, two – May 17th and Boxing Day – will be during weekends, meaning two public holidays off work vanish.
There is an upside, though – Labour Day, May 1st, will be a Friday, as will New Year’s Day 2021. So at least there’ll be a couple of long weekends.
And Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag) is a Thursday, so you can use a single day’s leave to gain a four-day weekend.
Norwegian public holidays in 2020
- New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1st
- Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 9th
- Good Friday: Friday, April 10th
- Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 12th
- Easter Monday: Monday, April 13th
- Labour Day: Friday, May 1st
- Norwegian Constitution Day: Sunday, May 17th
- Ascension Day: Thursday, May 21st
- Whitsunday: Sunday, May 31st
- Whit Monday: Monday, June 1st
- Christmas Day: Friday, December 25th
- Boxing Day: Saturday, December, 26th