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Grundlovsdag is not really a national day nor a bank holiday – however, there will be closed doors

Tomorrow 5 June Danes celebrate a rather confusing “almost” bank holiday – with closed retail shops but many private businesses still at work.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

Even with political parties celebrating the Danish Grundlovsdag with speeches around the country, the day is a bit a strange day. It is not considered to be the Danish national day, which would have meant that it would be an official bank holiday, therefore many businesses stay open. However, it is celebrated as the official constitution day of Denmark.

From 1891 until 1975 it was a half day off from work, with businesses and shops etc. closing at 12:00. However, since this  1975, whether or not you have to go to work all depends on the status of the day in your employment contract, or the deal made between your trade association and the employer organisations.

So for instance no banks will be open tomorrow, as the finance employees, organised under Fnansforbundet, have the 5 June off.

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By law ( the so-called Lukkelov) it has been decreed that the retail sector must stay closed, so you will again find shops and grocery stores closed tomorrow. Only those in your area open on other bank holidays will stay open.

You will of course see Dannebrog flying as it is an official flag flying day. By the way, this year it is also Father’s Day!

Confused? You are not the only one.

If you want to experience a Grundlovsdags speech, you can find a list of all the speeches at here.

Find Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen at:

12:15 – Hørhaven (Marselisborgskoven), Ørneredevej 23, 8270 Højbjerg

15:45 – Gymnastikhøjskolen in Ollerup, Svendborgvej 3, 5762 Vester Skerninge

19:30 – Restaurant Herthadalen, Slangealléen 1, 4320 Lejre