The Nobel Peace Prize

Alfred Nobel was interested in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement


Photo: Pi Frisk


100 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded to 134 Nobel Laureates since 1901 (107 individuals and 27 organisations). It was not awarded on 19 occasions: in 1914-1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1939-1943, 1948, 1955-1956, 1966-1967 and 1972.

Why were the Peace Prizes not awarded in those years? In the statutes of the Nobel Foundation it says: “If none of the works under consideration is found to be of the importance indicated in the first paragraph, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year. If, even then, the prize cannot be awarded, the amount shall be added to the Foundation’s restricted funds.” During World War I and II, fewer Nobel Prizes were awarded.

Of the 107 individuals awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 17 are women. The first time a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a woman was in 1905, to Bertha von Suttner.

Photo: Hans Nilsson

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