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Nobel Peace Prize

10-11 December Oslo celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize with the prize ceremony, a torchlight parade and a concert in honour of the laureate.

 

Juan Manuel Santos' photo in Nobel's Garden, Nobel Peace Center
Juan Manuel Santos' photo in Nobel's Garden, Nobel Peace Center
Photo: Johannes Granseth/Nobels Fredssenter

The Nobel Peace Prize 2016


The Nobel Peace Prize 2016 is awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people". 
Read the whole announcement here (link to nobelpeaceprize.org) 

Nobel Peace Prize programme

The laureate gives a press conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute on 9 December at 1 pm.

The Peace Prize Ceremony takes place in Oslo City Hall at 1 pm on 10 December, and is the highlight of the programme. During the award ceremony on 10 December, the laureate will deliver his Nobel Peace Lecture. Attendance by invitation only.

Nobel Peace Prize: Torchlight parade §
Nobel Peace Prize: Torchlight parade
Photo: VisitOSLO/Susanne A. Finnes

There is a traditional torchlight parade in the evening of 10 December in honour of the laureate, ending in front of the Grand Hotel where the laureate usually greets the parade from the balcony.

The day after the award ceremony, on 11 December, the Peace Prize Concert in Telenor Arena rounds off proceedings, with Norwegian and international artists performing in honour of the laureate.


The Nobel Peace Center displays information about all the Peace Prize laureates as well as focuses on the struggle between opposites.

Alfred Nobel and the Peace Prize

Alfred Nobel, 1885. Image provided by the Nobel Foundation
Alfred Nobel, 1885. Image provided by the Nobel Foundation
Photo: The Nobel Foundation

In 1895 Alfred Nobel drew up a will in which his wealth was to be devoted to the annual award of five prizes "to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind".

The will laid down that the Nobel Peace Prize was to be awarded in Norway by a five-member committee appointed by the Norwegian Storting (the legislative assembly). The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901, and it is always awarded on December 10th.

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