The Nobel Peace Prize will not be awarded in Oslo city hall this year. Instead, the award ceremony will be a scaled-down event in the University’s auditorium.
“There are two main reasons why this year’s award ceremony at City Hall has been canceled: In Sweden, the awarding of the other Nobel Prizes, which usually takes place in the concert hall in Stockholm, has been canceled.
We want to coordinate with Stockholm, and we want to highlight that this is an exceptional year. With that in mind, it would be nice to have the ceremony in another room,” Olav Njølstad, director of the Nobel Institute and secretary of the Nobel Committee, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
A total of 100 guests
“Secondly, we could not host more than 200 people in the city hall – a hall that actually has room for 1,000,” Njølstad added.
The Nobel Prize has been awarded in Oslo City Hall for over 30 years.
This year, there will be a scaled-down award ceremony in the University’s auditorium instead, where the Peace Prize was awarded between 1947 and 1989.
There will be around 100 guests.
The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, October 9.
Due to the pandemic, it is uncertain whether the winner will be able to come to Oslo to receive the prize.
Therefore, plans have been made for the winner to participate in the award ceremony digitally.
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