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2016 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.

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The Nobel Peace Prize

Awarded to 130 Nobel Laureates since 1901


"The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

(Excerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)

Alfred Nobel was interested in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement. His acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner (who was later awarded the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize) influenced his own views on peace. Perhaps his peace interest was also because his inventions were used in warfare and assassination attempts? Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five persons who are chosen by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament of Norway).

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"Is there a list of all of the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize?"

Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Did You Know?


Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded 1901-2016.


Peace Prizes have been divided between three persons.


women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.


is the average age of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.


Peace Prize Laureate, Le Duc Tho, has declined the Nobel Peace Prize.


Peace Prize Laureates have been under arrest at the time of the award: German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

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Nobel's Will and the Peace Prize

Alfred Nobel left no explanation as to why the Peace Prize was to be awarded by a Norwegian committee while the other four prizes were to be handled by Swedish committees.

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2015 Nobel Peace Prize

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A Driving Force to Advance Peaceful Democratic Development in Tunisia

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.

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"We did it together, the four of us"

Listen to telephone interviews with the four representatives for the awarded key organizations in the National Dialogue Quartet.

Interviews and transcripts
Kaci Kullmann Five in interview

"They saw the need to act as one"

After the announcement of the Prace Prize, Kaci Kullmann Five of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, was interviewed about the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.

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Ouided Bouchamaoui

"This tribute is not only to us"

All four representatives for the awarded key organizations in the National Dialogue Quartet delivered one part each of the Nobel Lecture at the Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

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2014 Peace Prize

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A Common Struggle for Education and against Extremism

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai.

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Kailash Satyarthi lecturing

"Let us democratise knowledge"

In his Nobel Lecture, Kailash Satyarthi, called for "a march from exploitation to education, from poverty to shared prosperity, a march from slavery to liberty, and a march from violence to peace."

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"This award is not just for me"

Malala Yousafzai dedicated her Peace Prize to "those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change."

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"When I was giving my Nobel Lecture I lost my manuscript"

In this interview clip, Kailash Satyarthi shares some memorable moments from the Nobel Days in Oslo, Norway.

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The Red Cross Movement

Prisoners of War Game

People can't behave as they like during times of war! The Geneva Conventions of written rules and articles make some acts unlawful .... How would you perform as a camp commander of a prisoners of war camp?

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Awarded Three Times

The Red Cross has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times - in 1917, 1944 and 1963

The Red Cross: Three-Time Recipient of the Peace Prize
Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross in 1863, was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. In accordance with his wishes he was carried to his grave «like a dog».

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