The Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai – awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – donated this scarf to the Nobel Museum which she wore when she argued for all children's right to education at the United Nations headquarters in 2013.

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About the prize

“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 showed a big interest in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement. His acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner, who was a driving force in the international peace movement in Europe and later awarded the Peace Prize, influenced his views on peace. Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).

See all peace prize laureates or learn about the nomination process.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2021

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information are crucial prerequisites for democracy and protect against war and conflict. The 2021 peace prize laureates are representative of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

Maria Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines.

Dmitry Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions.
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

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The traditional costume Kailash Satyarthi wore when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 2014.

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Peace prize Q&A

How can you be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? We spoke to Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who gave us an inside look at how the peace prize is awarded.
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Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of The Norwegian Nobel Committee, delivers a statement.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2020

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP). The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger.

WFP food distribution in Syria

Food and soap distribution by WFP and UNICEF in Syria.

Photo: WFP/Khudr Alissa

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An interview with Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, about the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Olav Njølstad.

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The Red Cross has been awarded three times – read about the work of the organization.

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Armlet for the Red Cross.

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