Olga Botner interviewed at a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Press room

Press room for the Nobel Foundation, Nobel Media and Nobel Prize Museum

The Nobel Foundation is a private institution established in 1900 based on the will of Alfred Nobel. The main task is to manage the assets made available through the will, and the intellectual property related to the Nobel Prize that has developed over the years. Several outreach organisations and activities have been developed to inspire generations and disseminate knowledge about the Nobel Prize.

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace – the Nobel Prizes. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank) established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

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2020 Nobel Prizes

The Nobel Foundation’s Board of Directors has decided that the 2020 Nobel Prize will amount to 10 million SEK per prize category. That means an increase of 1 million SEK per prize category compared to prior years. The work done in recent years to strengthen the Nobel Foundation’s financial standing has made it possible to increase the prize sum.

Nobel Medal (30)

First awarded in 1901, the Nobel Prize medals depict Alfred Nobel (1833-1896).

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The global pandemic and the COVID-19 situation are having a very broad impact on society. Events that bring together many participants are being postponed or reconfigured. This situation will also affect the 2020 Nobel Week, which will adopt new formats to celebrate and pay tribute to this year’s Laureates.

Kip S. Thorne  receiving his Nobel Prize from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Kip S. Thorne receiving his Nobel Prize from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 10 December 2017.

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Here you can find images of Nobel Laureates and public events.

Strickland recieving medal

Vidar Helgesen – Norway’s former State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of European Affairs and Minister of Climate and the Environment – will become the new Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation at the beginning of 2021. He will thus assume the task of strengthening the long-term finances and position of the Nobel Prize as well as further developing public activities surrounding the Nobel Prize in Sweden, Norway and internationally.

Vidar Helgesen

Photo: Bjørn Stuedal.

New documentary series

The Nobel Prize, National Geographic Documentary Films and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel have collaborated on a 5-part short documentary series, celebrating the ongoing impact and influence of Nobel Peace Prize laureates around the world.

Into the fire - image

Live conversation between Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström

Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström met for a digital conversation about courage, solidarity and opportunities in times of crisis, streamed from the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm on Earth Day, 22 April.

Photo: Clément Morin

Nobel Prize Concert 2020

The world-renowned pianist Igor Levit will be performing at this year's Nobel Prize Concert on 8 December. At his side, he will have conductor Stéphane Denève leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Igor Levit

Igor Levit

Photo: Robbie Lawrence

New exhibition at Nobel Prize Museum

Just in time for Nobel Week in December 2020, Nobel Prize Museum is opening a new exhibition about the Nobel Banquet and the important role that shared meals play in bringing people together and fostering conversation. Nobel Day is celebrated by people everywhere these days, from preschools to elderly care facilities, and of course in countless living rooms where people tune in to watch the broadcast from their sofas at home. All of those who follow the festivities are now being invited to share their stories of what Nobel Day means for them.


© Nobel Media. Photo: Dan Lepp.

A new house for culture and science

Stadsgårdskajen next to Slussen is the site where the Nobel Center will be located, the City of Stockholm and the Nobel Foundation announced at a joint press conference today. With its broad public activities, the Nobel Center will be an important piece of the puzzle in developing Slussen into a lively meeting place.

Slussen aerial

Slussen aerial

Image: Dbox/Foster and partner.

Nobel Prize Conversations

This week Nobel Prize Conversations launches – a new biweekly podcast series where the listener gets the chance to know some of the individuals who have been awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences a little better. The conversations focus on motivation, creativity and choices in life – large and small. The first episode features behavioural economist Richard H. Thaler.


Official portraits

The official portraits of the 2019 Nobel Laureates are now available in our image bank. The portraits are taken by the renowned photographer Alexander Mahmoud.

James Peebles official Nobel portrait

For the greatest benefit to humankind

What would the world be like without penicillin? What are good examples of discoveries that will decrease our climate impact? How do we help people who have become refugees? These are some of the questions highlighted in the new exhibition ‘For the Greatest Benefit to Humankind’, which opened at Nobel Prize Museum on 5 October.


Nobel Prize-awarded achievements are showcased in new exhibition at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm.

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