At the instigation of the Society for Norway’s Welfare, a so-called national celebration was held across the country on 11 December 1811. It was to be a jubilatory and thanksgiving celebration of the resolution of 2 September that Norway should have its own university. Reports of the arrangements were sent in and published in book form. On the basis of the printed material, the article discusses whether this really was a celebration for the whole nation, for high and low, rich and poor, and for people in all corners of the land. Was it a manifestation of community or were internal tensions also displayed? The conclusion is that though there are indications of internal tension between both individuals, institutions and regions, the celebration nonetheless demonstrated a new kind of national solidarity. Perhaps it can be seen as a prelude to the later 17th of May celebrations?