Associations that originally advocated Nordic neutrality, international peace and arbitration. The Norwegian Peace Association was founded by C. Bernhard Hanssen, the Danish Peace Association was founded by Fredrik Bajer and the Swedish Peace and Arbitration League was founded by Klas Pontus Arnoldson. The Swedish Peace Association was founded in 1911 and it was primarily its view on disarmament that separated it from the older Swedish Peace and Arbitration League. While the Peace Association considered disarmament to be a problem, the Peace and Arbitration Leage considered it to be subject of practical political work and agitation. All of the associations organized Scandinavian peace conferences.
The nominees were originally nominated as one candidate; the Nordic Peace Associations.
The nomination was submitted to the Nobel Comittee by the Swedish Peace and Arbitration League. They regarded it as likely that the Committee would award either one of the peace associations, two of them, or all three of them.