‘Norway can’t afford Nobel Peace Prize’

That’s the ironic headline Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, jokes about seeing after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) revealed financial problems at the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm and the Nobel Institute in Oslo. Andersen’s biggest problem, though, is that the Norwegian Parliament seems unwilling to offer any help, even though Alfred Nobel himself put […]

Norway condemns Laureate’s arrest

Norway, the country where Myanmar’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi won her Nobel Peace Prize, was quick to condemn her arrest during the night. The Nobel Laureate’s arrest came, ironically enough, just as nominations closed for this year’s Peace Prize, putting it back in the news, too. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is independent […]

Trump fans in Norway retreat

NEWS ANALYSIS: There’s a lot of soul-searching going on among Norway’s most conservative politicians, especially by the Norwegian who twice nominated the now-shamed US President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. More liberal politicians in power have also been targeted for having kept quiet too long about the leader of the country widely regarded […]

Changes loom on Nobel Committee

The Corona crisis left the Norwegian Nobel Institute unusually quiet on Thursday, even though it was the annual Nobeldagen (Nobel Day) when the Peace Prize is awarded. There’s been lots of activity behind its doors this autumn, however, with politics still behind transition on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Terms were up for three of its […]

Digital Nobel ‘is a call to action’

The Norwegian Nobel Committee couldn’t host its traditionally elegant Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Thursday, and there was none of the pomp and circumstance to hail the winner in Oslo. The Corona pandemic spoiled all that, but the head of the World Food Programme gamely accepted this year’s Peace Prize digitally from the UN organization’s headquarters […]

Nobel ceremony postponed

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has confirmed earlier predictions that it will need to postpone this year’s prize ceremony in Oslo, because of the ongoing Corona crisis. Strict limitations on the size of public gatherings mean the traditional ceremony couldn’t be held in a manner considered worthy. The leader of the UN’s World Food Program, which […]

Youngest ever on Nobel Committee

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is usually made up of veteran Norwegian politicians, appointed by their parties in a gesture of appreciation for loyalty or special international interest over the years. Now Norway’s Labour Party is replacing one of its appointments on the committee, former prime minister and head of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, […]

Peace Prize aims to help fight hunger

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), for its efforts to combat hunger not least in the middle of the Corona pandemic. The committee’s choice was also motivated by what it called an urgent need for more international solidarity and multilateral cooperation. Both “seem to […]

Journalists top lists of Nobel candidates

Two Oslo-based experts on the Nobel Peace Prize have each independently selected organizations representing journalists as this year’s most worthy candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Press freedom and the ability to question authority, both claim, is now more important than ever in a world full of “devastating conflicts and repressive regimes.” Henrik Urdal, director […]

Corona cuts back Peace Prize party

Whoever wins this year’s Nobel Peace Prize won’t be hailed inside a packed Oslo City Hall, or at a traditional banquet afterwards with royalty present. The Corona pandemic has forced major changes in how the Peace Prize will be awarded, and in some ways the ceremony now planned is going back to its more modest […]