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The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway Photo: Nobel Peace Center
You can read about peace prize laureates past and present on digital screens in the Nobel Field, a garden of 1,000 fibre-optic lights Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center is located in the old Western Line Station in Oslo, Norway, near Aker Brygge Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, presents a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year Photo: Nobel Peace Center
Learn about the life and achievements of peace prize laureates at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, also has a popular gift shop with a well stocked book section Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, welcomes visitors of all ages Photo: Nobel Peace Center
Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, jointly with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, arranges a number of activities for younger visitors, like this first aid course for children Photo: Nobel Peace Center
More than 800 school classes visit the Nobel Peace Center every year to take part in educational programs and tailored guided tours Photo: Nobel Peace Center
Aung San Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 Photo: Nobel Peace Center

The Nobel Peace Center

The Norwegian capital is home to the Nobel Peace Center. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo every year on December 10.

The Nobel Peace Center

At the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo you can find out about all the prize winners and the father of the Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel. The center focuses on topics relating to war, peace and conflict resolution - in Norway as well as abroad. At the heart it is the Nobel Field, a "garden" of 1,000 blinking fibre optic lights where all the Peace Prize laureates throughout the years are presented on digital screens. 

There are changing exhibitions and modern, technological installations about war, peace and resolving conflict. The center also hosts a number of events, including lectures and open meetings, seminars and discussions (many of them in English), a wide range of cultural and artistic manifestations, as well as activities for children.

The Nobel Peace Prize

In October each year the eyes of the world turn to Norway and Oslo, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. This gives Norway a unique opportunity to put peace on the international agenda. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five people, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, chosen by the Norwegian Parliament.

Two months later, on 10 December, the Norwegian Royal family and the cream of Norwegian society gather in Oslo Town Hall for the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, a tradition dating back to 1905. The event itself is by invitation only, although proceedings are shown live on TV.

A total of 101 individuals have received the Nobel Peace Prize, 86 men and 15 women, since its inception in 1901, and 25 prizes have gone to organisations. Fridtjof Nansen is the most famous Norwegian to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in 1922 for his humanitarian work on behalf of refugees after the World War I.

Prize laureates

2013 Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
2012 The European Union (EU)
2011 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman
2010 Liu Xiaobo
2009 Barack H. Obama 
2008 Martti Ahtisaari
2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.
2006 Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank
2005 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei
2004 Wangari Maathai
2003 Shirin Ebadi
2002 Jimmy Carter
2001 The United Nations ( U.N.) and Kofi Annan
2000 Kim Dae Jung
1999 Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)
1998 John Hume and David Trimble
1997 International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Jody Williams
1996 Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta
1995 Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
1994 Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
1993 Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk
1992 Rigoberta Menchú Tum
1991 Aung San Suu Kyi
1990 Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
1989 The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
1988 The United Nations Peace-keeping Forces
1987 Oscar Arias Sánchez
1986 Elie Wiesel
1985 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
1984 Desmond Mpilo Tutu
1983 Lech Walesa
1982 Alva Myrdal and Alfonso García Robles
1981 Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
1980 Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
1979 Mother Teresa
1978 Mohammad Anwar Al-Sadat and Menachem Begin
1977 Amnesty International
1976 Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan
1975 Andrei Sakharov
1974 Seán MacBride and Eisaku Sato
1973 Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho
1972 The prize money for 1972 was transferred to the Main Fund
1971 Willy Brandt
1970 Norman Ernest Borlaug
1969 The International Labour Organization (ILO)
1968 René Cassin
1967 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1966 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1965 United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
1964 Martin Luther King Jr.
1963 The International Committee of the Red Cross and The League of Red Cross Societies
1962 Linus Carl Pauling
1961 Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld
1960 Albert John Lutuli
1959 Philip John Noel-Baker
1958 Georges Pire
1957 Lester Bowles Pearson
1956 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1955 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1954 The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
1953 George Catlett Marshall
1952 Albert Schweitzer
1951 Léon Jouhaux
1950 Ralph Bunche
1949 Baron John Boyd Orr of Brechin
1948 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1947 The Friends Service Council and The American Friends Service Committee (the Quakers)
1946 Emily Greene Balch and John Raleigh Mott
1945 Cordel Hull
1944 The International Committee of the Red Cross
1943 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1942 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1941 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1940 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1939 One-third of the prize money was transferred to the Main Fund, and two-thirds to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1938 The Nansen International Office for Refugees (Office international Nansen pour les réfugiés
1937 Viscount (Lord Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne Cecil) Cecil of Chelwood
1936 Carlos Saavedra Lamas
1935 Carl von Ossietzky
1934 Arthur Henderson
1933 Sir (Ralph) Norman Angell (Lane)
1932 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1931 Jane Addams and Nicholas Murray Butler
1930 Lars Olof Jonathan (Nathan) Söderblom
1929 Frank Billings Kellogg
1928 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund.
1927 Ferdinand Edouard Buisson and Ludwig Quidde
1926 Aristide Briand and Gustav Stresemann
1925 Sir (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain and Charles Gates Dawes
1924 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1923 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1922 Fridtjof Nansen
1921 Karl Hjalmar Branting and Christian Lous Lange
1920 Léon Victor Auguste Bourgeois
1919 Thomas Woodrow Wilson
1918 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1917 The International Committee of the Red Cross (Comité International de la Croix-Rouge)
1916 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1915 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1914 The prize money was allocated to the Nobel Institute's Special Fund
1913 Henri La Fontaine
1912 Elihu Root
1911 Tobias Michael Carel Asser and Alfred Hermann Fried
1910 The Permanent International Peace Bureau (Bureau International Permanent de la Paix)
1909 Auguste Marie François Beernaert and Paul Henri Benjamin Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant
1908 Klas Pontus Arnoldson and Fredrik Bajer
1907 Ernesto Teodoro Moneta and Louis Renault
1906 Theodore Roosevelt
1905 Baroness Bertha Sophie Felicita von Suttner
1904 Institut de Droit International (Institute of International Law)
1903 Sir William Randal Cremer
1902 Elie Ducommun and Charles Albert Gobat
1901 Henri Dunant and Frédéric Passy
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Last updated:  2013-11-20
The Nobel Peace Center is located near Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center is located near Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway
Laureates are all featured in the center's Nobel Field in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Nobel Peace Center
Laureates are all featured in the center's Nobel Field in Oslo, Norway
The Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 - Photo: Nobel Peace Center
The Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989

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The Nobel Peace Center

The Norwegian capital is home to the Nobel Peace Center. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo every year on December 10.

The Nobel Peace Center

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