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Lightly baked Arctic char with crayfish broth, dill seed-infused onion, lightly smoked trout roe, crispy potato and watercress foam. Chef Tom Sjöstedt uses the season's ingredients and Swedish flavours. He works to build expectations by introducing small surprises during the meal, which guests will experience as the meal unfolds .

Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Nobel Week Events

The forum 2018 invites international dialogue on “How to solve the climate crisis?” Keynote speaker is Al Gore, former U.S. Vice-President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Watch the event here.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018

The Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature and the Prize in Economic Sciences are awarded at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Watch the ceremony here.

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The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on 10 December in a formal ceremony at the Oslo City Hall. Watch the 2018 ceremony here.

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Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and the general public joined in an inspiring discussion about "Water matters". Watch a video of the event here.

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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, praised for her virtuosity and profound sensitivity, was the soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize Concert. Conductor Karina Canellakis led the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Violinist Lisa Bathiashvili

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Prize in Economic Sciences 2018

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018

Frances H. Arnold

Watch the Nobel Lecture: Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life

Read Frances H. Arnold's banquet speech


George P. Smith

Watch the Nobel Lecture: Phage Display: Simple Evolution in a Petri Dish


Sir Gregory P. Winter

Watch the Nobel Lecture: Harnessing Evolution to Make Medicines



Read more about the 2018 Chemistry Prize.

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George P Smith, Frances H Arnold and Sir Gregory P Winter after they delivered their Nobel Lectures on 8 December 2018.

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Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Arthur Ashkin
Watch the Nobel Lecture Optical Tweezers and their Application to Biological System, held by René-Jean Essiambre.


Gérard Mourou 
Watch the Nobel Lecture: Passion for Extreme Light: for the greatest benefit to human kind


Donna Strickland
Watch the Nobel Lecture: Generating High-Intensity Ultrashort Optical Pulses

Read Donna Strickland's banquet speech


Find out more about the 2018 Physics Prize


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Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou after they delivered their Nobel Lectures on 8 December 2018. Introductions were held by Olga Botner (right), Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics.

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018

What do the laureates receive?

Each diploma is a unique work of art, created by leading Swedish and Norwegian artists and calligraphers. Look at some of the diplomas here.

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Doris Lessing’s Nobel Diploma

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The front of the gold Nobel Prize medals depict Alfred Nobel. The image on the reverse varies according to the institution awarding the prize. Read more about the medals.

Youyou Tu showing her Nobel Medal during her visit to the Nobel Foundation.
Medicine laureate Youyou Tu showing her Nobel Prize medal during her visit to the Nobel Foundation on 11 December 2015.

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The current amount is at SEK 9 million per full Nobel Prize. A Nobel Prize can be awarded to up to Three laureates who share the prize sum. Find out more about the prize amounts throughout history.

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Flower decorations by Florist Helén Magnusson at the 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 10 December 2016.

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2018 Nobel Prizes

904 individuals and 24 organizations have been awarded Nobel Prizes so far. See the full list of all Nobel Laureates, awarded for "the benefit of humankind".

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prize

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris, France. The Swedish dynamite millionaire, who thought that his invention would end all wars, had now realised that it was a very deadly product. Wanting to make amends, he did what no man of such wealth had done before ...

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On 10 December 1901 the first Nobel Prizes were awarded, in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Read more about the first prizes.

The first Nobel Prize Award Ceremony was held in 1901 at the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollar) to fund the Nobel Prizes. Read more about his life and work.

The new Nobel Prize Lessons about this year's prizes are reliable and easy to use. Find the teacher's guides, slides, manuscripts and videos to use for free here. Print the texts for students and then start the class.


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The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World (3)
The museum showcases the discoveries and creativity of the Nobel Laureates.

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The story of each Peace Laureate is told at the museum.

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In memoriam

Physics Laureate Riccardo Giacconi was awarded the 2002 Physics Prize. He was instrumental in developing the first satellite and telescope to explore this previously hidden view of the universe.

Riccardo Giacconi

Chemistry Laureate Aaron Klug passed away on 20 November. He was awarded the Nobel Prize "for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his structural elucidation of biologically important nucleic acid-protein complexes."

Aaron Klug

Osamu Shimomura passed away on 19 October. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008 for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP, a protein that has become one of the most important tools used in contemporary bioscience.

Osamu Shimomura

Thomas A. Steitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 for the crystallographic determination of ribosome structures at high resolution and for the skilful use of these structures to clarify fundamental and medically important aspects of ribosome function. He passed away on 9 October, age 78.

Thomas A. Steitz