Nobel Peace Prize 2013


The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on the 11th of October at 11:00am CET. Watch live on the video above as the prize is announced.

About the Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes (including the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature) that is awarded annually to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." The Nobel Prizes were created by Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, who in 1895 singed his last will and testament to giving the largest share of his fortune to this series of prizes.

2013 Nobel Peace Prize 

This year there were a record 259 nominations received for the Peace Prize. Speaking about the nominations, Norwegian Nobel Committee's non-voting secretary Geir Lundestad said "this year's nominations come from all over the world ... well-known names, well-known presidents and prime ministers and also lesser well-known names working in humanitarian projects, human rights activists." 

Last year, the Norwegian Nobel committee put aside the economic crisis and awarded the habitually divisive Nobel peace prize to the European Union for its decades-long histicial role in promoting reconciliation and peace.

In a poll taken by the Guardian, the following indivduals and organisations are the most popular nominees (in no particular order): Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Malala Yousafzai, Denis Mukwege, Teresita Quintos Deles, Olivier De Schutter, Sulabh International, Memorial, Alex Aan and Greenpeace. 

Quick Facts about the Nobel Peace Prize

93 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded 1901-2012.

2 Peace Prizes have been divided between three persons.

15 women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.

62 is the average age of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.

1 Peace Prize Laureate, Le Duc Tho, has declined the Nobel Peace Prize.

3 Peace Prize Laureates have been under arrest at the time of the award: German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

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