The Nobel Prize 2016

Every year in December, besides the getting into the holiday spirit, Sweden prepares the ceremonies for maybe what is the most prestigious award in the world, namely the Nobel Prize. The first award was given in 1901, according to the will of Alfred Nobel, and up to date there are a bit more than 900 laureates.

Nowadays, the prizes are given for Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Economics and Peace. Depending on the subject, the winners are selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Nobel Assembly of Karolinska Institutet, the Swedish Academy and the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Excepting the Peace Prize, which is given in Oslo, Norway, all the other prizes are presented in the Swedish capital on the 10th of December every year – marking Alfred Nobel’s death. The award ceremony takes place at the Stockholm Concert Hall, while the Nobel Banquet is hosted by the Stockholm City Hall. At the award ceremony the winners are congratulated by the King of Sweden and the Banquet they are joined by the Swedish Royal Family and by some 1.200 other guests in the Blue Hall of the City Hall.

Before the Nobel Day, on the 10th of December, the winners are giving lectures, there are various talks around the town and special events at the Nobel Museum. This is part of the Nobel Week (6-12 December), in which you can also take place. Find below the highlights and click here for a detailed program. Most of the events are streamed live on

Wednesday, 7th of December
Nobel Lecture in Physiology or Medicine at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, 14.30

Thursday, 8th of December
Nobel Lectures in Physics, Chemistry and Economics at Aula Magna, Stockholm University, 09.00
Nobel Prize Concert at Stockholm Concert Hall, 19.00

Friday, 9th of December
Nobel Week Dialogue at the Stockholm City Conference Center, 10.00

Saturday, 10th of December
Nobel Day at the Nobel Museum, 11.00 – 18.00. Free admission all day and various surprises.
Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 16.30
Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, 19.00

Before closing, we present you this year’s Nobel laureates. Join this week’s events and find out more about those who received prizes “for the greatest benefit to mankind”.

Physics: David J. Thouless, Duncan Haldane, John M. Kosterlitz
Chemistry: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart, Ben Feringa
Physiology or Medicine: Yoshinori Ohsumi
Literature: Bob Dylan
Peace: Juan Manuel Santos
Economics: Oliver Hart, Bengt R. Holmström

Text: Ionut @ stoRy touRs