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Nobel Peace Prize 2013 Ceremony at Norway’s Oslo Rådhus

For more photos and videos from the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, view the Oslo Rådhus location page. Tune in all five other Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm at the Konserthuset location page.

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.

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Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony at Norway’s Oslo Rådhus

For photographs of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony tonight, be sure to check out the Oslo Rådhus location page. To tune into the other Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, visit the Konserthuset location page.

Every year on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, the Nobel Committee celebrates the recipients of their prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. All of the award ceremonies take place in Stockholm, Sweden at the Konserthuset, except for the Peace Prize, which is granted at the Oslo City Hall (Oslo Rådhus) in Norway.

The Oslo Rådhus that hosts the Peace Prize Ceremony took 19 years to build (1931-1950) because of the outbreak of World War II in 1940. Artists from all over Norway competed to decorate the hall, and the winners created a stunning collection of hand-crafted furniture, folk murals, custom clocks, and priceless artwork, including a painting by Edvard Munch in the “Munch Room.”

Earlier today, the Norweigan Nobel Committee awarded the 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union (EU). The President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz gave speeches and accepted the prize amidst the Oslo Rådhus’ main hall.