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The Nobel Prizes will take place in Sweden with lots of glitter after Covid


Many 2020 and 2021 winners will be present this year as well as the 2022 winners.


Nobel laureates gathered in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Saturday for the first fully in-person awards ceremony with a formal banquet since the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed events for the past two years.

The ceremony begins at 15:00 GMT and features glamorous formal wear, with men in white ties and white tailcoats and women in flowing dresses and elegant hairstyles. The ceremonies in 2020 and 2021 have been reduced and there has been no banquet.

Many winners from 2020 and 2021 will be present this year as well as winners from 2022 – last year, for example, there was a ceremony but no winners attended as they received their medals in their country of origin.

Throughout the week, the winners participated in activities ranging from panel discussions to press conferences, finding time to visit schools, give talks and attend a light show.

“Given the challenges facing the world, it is particularly important to emphasize Alfred Nobel’s idea of ​​an international community,” said Vidar Helgesen, executive director of the Nobel Foundation.

Five of the six Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm each year after a secret nomination process for the next 50 years. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo where separate festivities are held.

Dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel left about 31 million crowns – about 1.8 billion crowns ($174.2 million) in today’s money according to the Foundation – to fund prizes for achievements in the fields of science, literature and peace awarded annually since 1901.

Among the 2022 laureates is former US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics along with economists Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig for their research on how supporting failing banks can stave off a deeper economic crisis.

The economy price is a later addition to the original range, instituted by the Swedish central bank.

After the ceremony, a banquet is held at the town hall, attended by the Swedish royal family, government officials, dignitaries and business leaders from different countries.

Leaders of Swedish political parties are always invited to the banquet. However, Jimmie Akesson, leader of Sweden’s anti-immigration Democrats, who became the country’s second biggest party in September’s election, was not on the guest list as his party was not considered compliant. price principles.

The Nobel Foundation also snubbed the ambassadors of Russia and Belarus, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Imprisoned Belarusian activist Ales Byalyatski, Russian rights group Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties have won the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

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