The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Thursday that it had received 318 nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. That’s down from 376 last year, which set a record, but it remains the next-highest number of candidates in the history of the prize.
The nominations can be made by former winners of the Peace Prize, heads of state, members of national assemblies and international courts in The Hague and university professors among others. The Nobel Committee never identifies nominees but those forwarding the nominations can identify who they’d like to see win.
The committee did note that the 318 nominations submitted this year include 215 individuals and 103 organizations. The Peace Prize winner will be announced in October and receive the prize on December 10, the anniversary of prize benefactor Alfred Nobel’s death.