The Nobel Prize ceremonies are as much a part of Swedish popular culture as the Academy Awards are in the United States. Since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded on the 10th of December, the day of Alfred Nobel‘s death. 

The Nobel Prize ceremonies are known for their spectacle, bling and it’s big traditions.

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Here’s a list traditions: 

1) The white-tie affair

All laureates are required to attend a practise session to learn how to accept their award from the King before the Nobel prize ceremony, a lavish white-tie event held in Stockholm’s Concert Hall.

Even Nobel laureates can forget the sequence of actions required in the heat of the moment: The laureate must  get up and start moving when their name is called, pause once they see the Nobel Foundation logo on the carpet; shake the King’s hand and, with the other hand, accept the diploma and the (quite hefty) Nobel Prize; bow three times: once to His Majesty, once to the award committee members and previous laureates seating behind you on the stage, once to the audience in the hall, and once more after the trumpet fanfare signals for the audience to clap.

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2) The King of Sweden and the illustrious banquet

The reception for the Nobel Peace Prize is hosted at the Grand Hotel in the heart of Oslo, and the laureate is frequently welcomed there by a torchlight parade. Speeches at the Stockholm Nobel Prize ceremony introduce the winners and their discoveries or works, and then His Majesty the King of Sweden presents each winner with a diploma and a medal. A feast for around 1,300 guests, including 250 students, is held at Stockholm City Hall (Stockholms Stadshus) following the ceremony.

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3) The Nobel Peace Prize Concert

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a musical tribute to the recipients of the award. At Oslo’s National Theatre, the inaugural concert took place in 1994. A concert containing entirely classical music was staged in 1995. The Nobel Peace Prize concert, which features a variety of musical genres performed by Norwegian and foreign performers, has been hosted in Oslo Spektrum since 1998. The program’s original hosts were well-known Norwegian television stars or celebrities. With few exceptions, hosts have come from the United States of America since the year 2000.