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Swedish Ways: Nobeldagen

Do you know what day they hand out the Nobel Prizes? Most Swedes will be able to tell you: 10 December, the Nobel Day – Nobeldagen. The Peace Prize is given out in Norway, but the rest (as far as I know) are given out in Stockholm.

In the evening, the Nobel party (Nobelfesten) is televised, and people do enjoy watching the winners, the royal family, politicians and a bunch of others arrive at the City Hall in Stockholm. TV commentators will talk about who’s who, who’s wearing what, what the people who have just arrived and are now being shown to their seats are going to eat, and so on.

This is it. Yawn.

I can’t for the life of me understand why this is on TV. It’s potentially one of the dullest events in the TV calendar. People in fancy clothes walk through some doors. People in fancy clothes sit down at a long table. People in fancy clothes have food. I mean, really?! The prizes themselves will have already been given out, so there’s not even an awards ceremony going on.

But it’s on telly and people do watch it, and it’s like “a thing”. Sometimes our Swedish ways are puzzling even to fellow Swedes …

Oh yes, the reason for the Nobel Prize. It’s because of Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who invented dynamite. Why he instituted the Nobel Prize? Let’s let Martha Howe-Douglas and Jim Howick of Horrible Histories explain that one … 🙂

Traxy Thornfield

A Swedish introvert in Robin Hood Country who adopts far too many books and watches far too many films, and insists on offering her opinions about them on the internet. Eager participant in tabletop and play-by-post roleplaying, wandmaking, photography and European travel. Will get a novel out one of these days. Certified fangirl since childhood and slightly obsessed with things like Jane Eyre, Thomas Anders, cats and Orson Welles.

2 thoughts on “Swedish Ways: Nobeldagen

  1. Ah you read my mind XD
    ‘And the origin of the Nobel prize?’
    Me: I know this! It was on Hor- *scrolls down* Aha! 😛
    …or maybe I read your mind. One of the two XD

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