"I was so humbled and thrilled when I just heard the news"

Listen to the call between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, recorded shortly after the public announcement of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

“Peace is a very expensive commodity in my country”

Immediately after hearing news of the award of Nobel Peace Prize, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali answered two quick questions in a short interview. He describes the encouragement and energy that the prize will provide, both to his and others' ongoing efforts towards achieving peace in their region, and to those who are trying to work for peace worldwide.

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"There is definitely a lot achieved already"

Watch the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize from Oslo, Norway.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his important work to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

Abiy Ahmed Ali has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

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Abiy Ahmed Ali

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2019 Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed Ali is Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since April 2018. He was born in Beshasha, Ethiopia.

Abiy Ahmed Ali is the first Ethiopian to be awarded a Nobel Prize. This year's prize is also the 100th Nobel Peace Prize.

Abiy Ahmed Ali.

Abiy Ahmed Ali.

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The Nobel Prizes in Literature for 2018 and 2019

Nobel Prize in Literature 2018

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life."

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Olga Tokarczuk.

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Nobel Prize in Literature 2019

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 is awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."

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Peter Handke

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“Such a prize will, in a way, give us a kind of optimism”

Telephone interview with Olga Tokarczuk after the announcement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature on 10 October 2019. Olga Tokarczuk speaks of the importance of the award as a symbol of hope for those worried about the “Crisis in democracy” she sees facing central Europe.

Q&A about the Nobel Prize in Literature

How is the Nobel Prize in Literature decided?

"We are looking all over the world". Watch our exclusive Q&A with Anders Olsson, chair of the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy, about the selection of Literature Laureates.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 rewards the development of the lithium-ion battery. This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 rewards new understanding of the universe’s structure and history, and the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system. This year’s Laureates have contributed to answering fundamental questions about our existence. What happened in the early infancy of the universe and what happened next? Could there be other planets out there, orbiting other suns?

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics are awarded ”for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos”, with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.”

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019

This year’s Nobel Laureates revealed the mechanism for one of life’s most essential adaptive processes. They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function. Their discoveries have also paved the way for promising new strategies to fight anemia, cancer and many other diseases.

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Scientific background: How cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019

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Nobel Prize Lessons on each Nobel Prize 2019. You will 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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Physiology or Medicine - Monday 7 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest
Physics - Tuesday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Chemistry - Wednesday 9 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Literature - Thursday 10 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest
The Swedish Academy will announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for both 2018 and 2019.
Peace - Friday 11 October, 11:00 a.m.
Economic Sciences - Monday 14 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest
Times listed are local time in Sweden and Norway.
All announcements will be streamed live here.

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Nobel Prize facts

Youngest Nobel Laureate ever is Malala Yousafzai. She was 17 years old when she was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Alfred Nobel - Established the Nobel Prizes

Chemist, engineer and industrialist Alfred Nobel left 31 million SEK (today about 265 million dollars) to fund the Nobel Prizes.

When Alfred was five years old his father Immanuel, an inventor and builder, moved to St. Petersburg. Alfred joined him a few years later.

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Based on Alfred’s work and patents a whole new industry developed. Within ten years, 16 explosives producing factories had been founded in 14 countries.

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In his will of 27 November 1895, signed in Paris, Alfred Nobel specified that the bulk of his fortune should be used for prizes.

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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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Nobel Prize nominations

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Nobel Prize Teacher Summit 2019

The Nobel Prize Teacher Summit is an international teacher conference held in Stockholm every year. Teachers meet Nobel Prize Laureates, top scientists and peace activists around a theme of great importance. The 2019 theme is 'Climate change changes everything'.

Read more at the Nobel Prize Museum’s website.

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Nobel Prize Concert

Renowned conductor Herbert Blomstedt will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concert Hall Stockholm on 8 December. This year's soloist is the soprano Miah Persson.

Tickets are sold by Konserthuset, Stockholm.

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Herbert Blomstedt.

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2019 - International Year of the Periodic Table

"There's antimony, arsenic, aluminium ..."

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, let's take a look back at the time 2003 Chemistry Laureate Peter Agre sang the ‘The elements’ to an audience in St Petersburg, Russia.

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In memoriam

Oliver E. Williamson passed away on 21 May. He was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2009 "for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm."

Oliver E. Williamson

Theoretical physicists Philip W. Anderson has passed away aged 96. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems.

Philip W. Anderson

Betty Williams died on 17 March, age 76. She shared the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize with Mairead Corrigan for founding a peace organisation to bring an end to the bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Betty Williams

Medicine Laureate Stanley Cohen passed away on 5 February.  He shared the 1986 Medicine Prize for "discoveries of growth factors", discoveries which are of fundamental importance for our understanding of the mechanisms which regulate cell and organ growth.

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