Nobel Peace Prize 2013 Ceremony at Norway’s Oslo Rådhus
On Tuesday, December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, Nobel Laureates will attend an award ceremony to receive prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. The ceremonies take place every year to hand out a Nobel medal and a diploma which documents the prize money. All of the award ceremonies except one take place in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Konserthuset and prize documents are signed by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
The Peace Prize, the best known of the evening’s awards, is granted at the Oslo City Hall (Oslo Rådhus) in Norway in the presence of King Harald V of Norway. The Rådhus took 19 years to complete from 1931-1950 following the outbreak of World War II in 1940. Designed by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson, artists from all over Norway also contributed to decorate the halls. The ceremony takes place on the same day as crowds gather in South Africa to remember Nelson Mandela, who was awarded the Peace Prize 20 years ago today.
Earlier this year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2013 Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This marked the second consecutive year that the prize went to an organization rather than an individual, after the European Union (EU) won the prize in 2012.