The Nobel Peace Prize - Oslo, Norway 10 December

Nobel Peace Prize

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


The Nobel Peace Prize 2018

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to the Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict".
Read the whole announcement at

Nobel Peace Prize programme

The laureates give 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 laureates will deliver their Nobel Peace Lecture. Attendance by invitation only, but you can see a live transmission of the seremony at the Nobel Peace Centre.

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 laureates, ending in front of the Grand Hotel where the laureates usually greet the parade from the balcony.

The Nobel Peace Center displays information about all the Peace Prize laureates as well as focuses on the struggle between opposites. The Peace Prize exhibition 2018 opens on 12 December.

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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