V. S. Naipaul. Photo: Unknow BBC phtographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrating World Book Day, 23 April 2014

Gabriel García Márquez. Photo: Gala_Ianugural 022. Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara via Wikimedia CommonsPhoto: Gala_Ianugural 022/Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara via Wikimedia Commons

"A Rare Storyteller" - Gabriel García Márquez Passes Away

Gabriel García Márquez, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1982, passed away on 17 April.

1982 Nobel Prize in Literature
Nobel Lecture: The Solitude of Latin America
Excerpt from One Hundred Years of Solitude

"Once upon our time, there was an earthquake: but this one is the most powerful ever recorded ..."

1991 Nobel Laureate in Literature Nadine Gordimer reads her short story Loot from "Loot and Other Stories".

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"Here we come to the heart of the matter: I've never left Istanbul - never left the houses, streets and neighbourhoods of my childhood ..."

2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk reads from his novel "Istanbul: Memories of a City".

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Alice Munro

Podcast: Meet Alice Munro

Meet Alice Munro in a talk about being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, happiness and melancholy and the intense relationship she has with her stories.

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Did You Know?



years was the age of the oldest Literature Laureate ever, Doris Lessing.


years was the age of the youngest Literature Laureate ever, Rudyard Kipling, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907 and best known for The Jungle Book.


women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature so far.


persons declined the Nobel Prize in Literature - Boris Pasternak and Jean Paul Sartre.

Mario Vargas Llosa

"Mahler Symphonies Are Like Novels"

Hear Mario Vargas Llosa describe how he plays with the structure of the book like a composer with a musical score.

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Educational Games

Lord of the Flies Game

Lord of the Flies

Read the book? How much do you remember?

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Find the Authors Game

Find the Authors!

Find the hidden names of authors in an ocean of letters.

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Book Tips

Tell us about your favorite book by a Nobel Prize-awarded author.

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Have you recently read a book by a Literature Laureate?

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Mario Molina

New Podcast: Mario Molina

The vast majority of experts agree that climate change is taking place and that human activity has a role to play. ”The risks are unacceptable”, says Chemistry Laureate Mario Molina, who has chaired a new report on climate change. But the good news is that we can do something about it.

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Martin Chalfie

"I Like Promoting Science"

As a student Martin Chalfie became convinced that science was not for him. Now the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry enjoys spreading news of the social, collaborative joy of science to new generations. Here, he discusses the beauty of the scientific field of touch and why failed experiments mean making progress.

Play 44 min.
Elizabeth Blackburn

"We Just Know So Much and Yet We Know So Little"

People age biologically at very different rates, according to Medicine Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn. Here, she discusses how her scientific discoveries concerning telomeres transform the way we look upon aging, and as longevity increases over time, how we can look upon the elderly as a resource.

Play 49.min.
Eric Maskin

"Einstein Was Always One of My Heroes"

To master modeling is an art, says Eric Maskin. In this conversation, the 2007 Laureate in Economic Sciences explains how models can be applied to help tackle societal issues such as income inequality. He also talks about the beauty of mathematics, the importance of practicing his clarinet, and what it is like to live in Albert Einstein's old house.

Play 41 min.


Announcement of the Nobel Prize

Announcements of the 2014 Nobel Prizes

PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE - Monday 6 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
PHYSICS - Tuesday 7 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
CHEMISTRY - Wednesday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
PEACE - Friday 10 October, 11:00 a.m.
ECONOMIC SCIENCES - Monday 13 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest
LITERATURE - The date will be set later
Times listed are local time in Sweden (CET).

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Info for Press

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin Wins the Nobel Center Architectural Competition

Announcements of the 2014 Nobel Prizes and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
2013 Nobel Laureates

Last Year's Laureates - Who Were They?

Eleven men, one woman and one organization were awarded in 2013.
See all 2013 Nobel Laureates

Riccardo Muti conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

2013 Nobel Prize Concert

Riccardo Muti conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme comprising Verdi, Martucci and Respighi.
Watch the concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall

In Memoriam

Dale T. Mortensen

Dale T. Mortensen, 1939-2014

Dale T. Mortensen, awarded the 2010 Prize in Economic Sciences for the study of labour markets, passed away on 9 January.

2010 Prize in Economic Sciences

John Cornforth

John Cornforth, 1917-2013

John Cornforth, awarded the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, died on 14 December. John Cornforth was and still is the only Australian awarded a Chemistry Prize.

Short biography
1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, died on 5 December. He was awarded the Prize together with Frederik Willem de Klerk for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime.

Short biography
1993 Nobel Peace Prize
Frederick Sanger

Frederick Sanger 1918-2013

Frederick Sanger, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1958 and 1980, died on 19 November at the age of 95.

Video interview
1958 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry