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The Nobel Prize Awards in Stockholm, Sweden

Learn About the Nobel Prize Awards & Ceremony


Each year on December 10, the city of Stockholm is in Nobel Prize fever. On this day, science's biggest annual event in Sweden awards Nobel Laureates the Nobel Prizes for each category.

The Nobel Prize (in Swedish: "Nobelpriset") was introduced in 1901 after Alfred Nobel's request in his will in 1895. The awards ceremony takes place on the anniversary of his death, which is December 10. The King of Sweden (Carl XVI Gustaf) presents the prizes in Stockholm.

The categories for the Nobel Prize awards are Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Peace, and Economics. The only Nobel Prize that is not awarded at this annual event in Stockholm is the Nobel Peace prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. Lectures by the Nobel Prize nominees (Laureates) take place the week before December 10 in Stockholm.

You can attend most lectures; they are open to the public and admission is free. It's very hard to be able to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony due to the number of specially invited guests and popular demand.

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