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Changes in the award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize

The prize, which will be awarded on October 9, is traditionally presented to the winner on December 10, the anniversary of the death of its creator, the Swedish industrialist and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), inventor of dynamite. But, contrary to previous years, the ceremony will not take place in the great hall of the Oslo City Hall, which can accommodate thousands of guests, but rather in a building of the University of Oslo, which can receive a hundred of people.

Without a banquet and moved to a smaller venue, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will reduce its splendor this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the director of the Nobel Institute.

The Nobel Foundation had already announced in Stockholm in July the cancellation, for the first time since 1956, of the Nobel gala dinner in Sweden, where the other prizes (medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics) are awarded. Only that of peace is awarded in Oslo.

"We wish to coordinate with Stockholm and underline that it is an exceptional year: for this reason it is good to move the presentation (of the prize) to another place," explained the director of the Nobel Institute, Olav Njolstad, to the Norwegian public radio television NRK.

"Secondly, we could not have had more than 200 people in City Hall in a room that can actually hold 1,000. That would have made it look rather empty," he said.

It is not yet known if the Nobel Peace Prize laureate (s) can travel to Oslo to receive the prestigious award this year and the Nobel Institute is planning a digital ceremony with an invitation, in person, postponed for next year, Njolstad told NRK.

The Nobel consists of a gold medal, a diploma and a sum of 9 million Swedish crowns (one million dollars, about 865,000 euros).


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